Itís not enough to be creative, you have to be creative at something.
Creativity is a doing, rather than a being. The doing comes from discovering goals, and achieving them. I say discovering goals, rather than setting goals, because weíre good at setting goals--- New Yearís resolutions spring to mind---but then forgetting all about them.
Usually we forget about goals we set as New Year's resolutions because goals, although worthwhile in themselves, weren't "real" for us. We didn't explore goals deeply, and therefore didn't have any deep motivation to achieve those goals.
Motivation is all-important for creativity. If you're highly motivated to achieve a goal, you'll shock yourself with how creatively you set about achieving goal. For example, imagine you're at beach. You watch a friend swimming out beyond surf. Suddenly, you see a shadow on water, and you realize it's a shark. You're highly motivated to get your friend out of water, and you'll be creative in your efforts to achieve that goal.
This kind of deep motivation is important for any creative task. The successful achievement of task has to matter to you.
To discover what your goals are, you need to ask yourself questions
The questions you ask arenít important. However, it is important that they be open-ended questions. That is, that they have more than one answer, and that they lead to other questions.
Asking yourself questions opens you to possibilities. Chances are, that unless you develop a program of systematically asking yourself questions, you will never discover all possibilities your life holds.
Asking questions is a simple technique, yet itís immensely powerful. Itís heart of creativity. Up to age of eight, all kids are creative. They ask all kinds of questions. Theyíre determined to find answers, so they experiment in all kinds of creative ways to find them. To a kid, a question is a lot of fun.
To be creative, you need to constantly ask questions, and experiment with answers you come up with. If you do this playfully, not only will you have fun, but you'll improve your life in all kinds of ways.
Your answers to your questions will surprise you. They may even shock you. Great! If answers shock you, it means that you're accessing your subconscious, and your creativity lurks in your subconscious mind.
What questions (the treasure map) you want answers (the treasure) to?
Initially, you'll find question-asking process difficult. As adults, we're not comfortable admitting that we don't know everything. It's important to get into habit of asking questions, so that you stop feeling threatened by questions, and so that not knowing answers stops bothering you.