“Creativity is just connecting things.” -Steve Jobs
Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players in history, “takes a cold shower 45 minutes before every match, towels down after every point, and he points the labels of his drinking bottles toward the end of the court he’s about to play from.”
If world-class athletes perform the most mundane actions to prepare their minds, shouldn’t we be doing the same to achieve peak creative performance?
I’m not suggesting you point your Coke can at your monitor before writing, but there are several rituals you can adopt to help you become more creative.
Rituals help you achieve flow in your work. They take away the uncertainty of, “where do I start?”.
Below are 3 of my favorite creative rituals:
Create Triggers that get you into the rhythm for a routine of creating
Whether it’s working out first thing, creating a “working space” where writing is the only thing allowed, or meditating, you need to create triggers that push you into your flow.
Become an Idea Machine
Push your mind every day. James Altucher says he forces himself to come up with ten ideas per day. And here’s the magic trick: “if you can’t come up with ten ideas, come up with 20 ideas.”
Write it Down
If you think it, write it. “You have to record your own ideas, as, so far as I know, there is no store that sells Cliffs Notes on your past thoughts,” says Michael Michalko in “Thinkertoys.”
“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”― Oscar Wilde