7 THINGS EXERCISE TAUGHT ME ABOUT CREATIVITY
Photo: Lance Kenneth Blakney l Model: Teri Shannon l Assistant: Sara Calhoun l Silk/Styling: Dee Silkie

Photo: Lance Kenneth Blakney l Model: Teri Shannon l Assistant: Sara Calhoun l Silk/Styling: Dee Silkie

Over the years I have tried many different types of exercise: yoga, running, dance, personal training, group classes, etc. One thing that working out taught me is that the same principles which exist for working out, also apply to being a creative entrepreneur.  Below is a list of the top 7 things that working out taught me about creativity.

1.) CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Creativity is just like any other muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it gets.  Think about it like this: the first time you went to a gym, you were not able to deadlift a ton of weight, right?  Creativity is the same way.  If you are creative more and more frequently, that muscle will begin to grow. So the next time you go to use it, it might not feel so difficult anymore.

2.) REST
When you work out, your body sees better results when you have rest days.  Creativity is the same way.  It’s sooo important to push yourself and to work hard, but taking a break can help your mind digest all of the cool ideas that it has been stewing on and bring forth the best ones.

3.) TRY NEW THINGS
When you work out and follow the same regimen over and over again, your results can start to level out.  In cases like this you might change up your workout plan, change your diet or maybe add something new to the mix.  If you plateau in your creative life it is also important to try new things and leave your comfort zone.

4.) PUSH YOURSELF
Speaking of comfort zone...when you feel like giving up, maybe take a temporary breather.  Sleep on a project, take a half an hour break and go for a walk, but DO NOT GIVE UP!  If you feel you have come up against a wall creatively, knock it down!

5.) LISTEN TO YOUR GUT
When you are working out, if you do not listen to what your body is telling you, you could get seriously hurt. It is important to push yourself but it is also important to know when to stop, or not attempt something at all.  Sometimes, as a creative, there is a temptation to "imitate" others. There is also the danger of creating something a certain way, not because YOU think it looks good, but because you think OTHERS will like it.  This might be a good temporary solution, but in the long run; creating something that is not authentic to you, is just as dangerous as lifting a heavy weight without proper technique.  Listen to your gut and let your own voice tell you what to do.

6.) WORK IN A GROUP
Working out with others either in a exercise setting or in a creative way can help push you to challenge yourself.  Being competitive (as long as it is in a healthy way) can be a really good thing for your creative side.

7.) GET A COACH 
Sometimes self motivation is hard.  Also knowing what to do next can be hard both with a new work out regimen or creatively.  Hiring someone to help you reach your goals has always been a huge help for me.  I am an extravert, and so bouncing ideas off of others, or asking others to help me in areas where I am week has always been a good thing for me to do.

I would love to know more ways of how working out has helped YOU creatively whether that be through learned habits, or being in a better mental state due to exercise.  Comment below with any stories you have about working out and being creative, or send me a message:)

D.W.