What to do when you’re creatively constrained

Read this great post on creativity on Tumblr and thought I’d share.
Creativity means making the most of it.

It’s easy to blame a lack of creative inspiration or motivation on circumstance, but to do so is to forget that creativity is about curiosity, resourcefulness, and action.

Creativity takes no excuses.

“My boss doesn’t allow for new ideas,” is another way of saying “I can’t come up with a creative way to sell my ideas, to innovate.”

“My job is too restrictive,” is another way of thinking you’re stuck with the perspective of the work you’ve been instructed to pursue.

But like the painter looking at the edges of the canvas, the best ideas are built within constraints, by seeing what’s possible within the bounds. As Steven Johnson writes in his book, Where Good Ideas Come From:

“Good ideas are…inevitably, constrained by the parts and skills that surround them.”

Often the solution to feeling creatively restricted is more creativity.

If you’re feeling creatively constrained, look at the resources available to you, flip your perspective, ask for help, or challenge yourself to innovate in small steps. If you find yourself constantly restricted in what you can do with your ideas, take a step back and determine what it is within yourself that is making you feel so.

Lack of energy or interest in the work, not enough on the table, feelings of the effort being unappreciated, these are all ways we lose touch with our creativity and turn toward external excuses rather than trying to solve the issues themselves.

Maybe above all, always remember the wise words from Pixar’s Ed Catmull: “When faced with a challenge, get smarter.”
Source: http://creativesomething.net/post/141822977250/what-to-do-when-youre-creatively-constrained

You Too Can Be Healed!

Consider, for example, the time He brought the Israelites out of Egypt. He did such a mighty work of healing among them “there was not one feeble person among their tribes” (Psalm 105:37). Imagine it! God healed millions of Israelites all at once. He is able to do that, so you can rest assured He can handle any sickness that might come against you. You’re just one person. Healing you of anything is easy for God! For Him to do it, however, you need to give Him something to work with.

What do you have to give Him?
Faith! Not just a vague kind of hope that everything will turn out all right. But real, Bible faith based on God’s Word. The kind of faith that makes you bold enough to believe and say,“As surely as it was God’s will to heal the Israelites, it’s His will to heal me. So I believe I receive my healing now.

In Jesus’ Name, I AM HEALED! – G. Copeland

Step Into the Light

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

As long as you live by the Word of God, you never have to be in the dark again. You never have to remain in confusion about which path to take. You never have to grope blindly along, struggling to find your own way. 

Isn’t that great? Isn’t it exciting to know that the Word of God will give you all the light you need every day of your life if you’ll allow it to? 

Build your faith in that Word and renew your commitment to it as you make this confession today: 

“Father, in the Name of Jesus, I commit myself to walk in Your Word. I recognize that Your Word is integrity itself– steadfast, sure, eternal–and I trust my life to its provisions. 

“You have sent Your Word forth into my heart. I let it dwell in me richly in all wisdom. It does not depart out of my mouth; I meditate in it day and night so that I may diligently act on it. Your Word is an incorruptible seed, abiding in my spirit, and it’s growing mightily in me now, producing Your nature, Your life. 

“I thank You, Father, that Your Word is my counsel, my shield, my buckler, my powerful weapon in battle. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It makes my way straight before me, and I never stumble or fall for my steps are ordered by Your Word. 

“I recognize the strategies and deceits of Satan and I put a stop to them by speaking Your Word out of my mouth in faith. 

“I am confident, Father, that You are at work in me both to will and to do Your good pleasure. I exalt Your Word. I hold it in high esteem and give it first place in my life. I boldly and confidently say that my heart is fixed and established on the solid foundation–the living Word of God. Amen!

by Kenneth Copeland

Tap Into the Truth

When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
~ John 16:13

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth. Not just enough truth to get by on. Not just an occasional truth to help us teach our Sunday school classes. All truth! 

If you’re a businessman, that means the Holy Spirit will show you how to increase your profits and reduce your expenses. If you’re a mother, it means the Holy Spirit will show you how to settle arguments between your children. If you’re a student, it means the Holy Spirit will show you how to excel in your classes. 

In fact, if you know Jesus Christ and are baptized in the Holy Ghost, somehow inside you is the answer to every financial problem, every spiritual problem and every physical problem that exists. You have answers for problems you don’t even know about yet! 
Back during World War II, for example, the United States ran into some serious trouble. Their ships were being sunk by the enemy faster than they could build new ones, a process which at that time took a year. 
In an effort to solve their dilemma, a method was devised by which a ship could be built in a single day. The problem was, the process involved building the ship upside down and, when the ships were turned upright, the welds would pop and the ship would come apart. 
The problem was presented to a deeply spiritual man who was a famous industrialist at the time. “I’ll find out how to do it,” he said. And, sure enough, after days of prayer and fasting, God showed him the welding formula that would hold the ship together. 

If you’re facing a problem today, don’t drag around trying to handle it on your own. Take Jesus at His Word and start asking the Holy Spirit to give you the knowledge you need to solve it. Put the wisdom of the ages to work on your job, in your family and in your world. Tap into the truths He’s placed in you.

by Kenneth Copeland

Turn Up Your Hope

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing–through the experience of your faith–that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing(bubbling over) with hope.    

~ Romans 15:13

You know, that’s what I want to be…running over with hope! I want to dare to throw my whole life and everything I have into building a dream that comes from the heart of God. I want to get out there so far that without God’s help, I can’t get back. 

Many people don’t think that way though because they’re afraid to fail. Fear of failure is dangerous. If you let it dominate you, it will cause you to do the one thing that inevitably guarantees failure and that’s not attempting at all. 

How do you counteract the fear of failure? 

You turn up your hope. You get alone with God and listen to Him. You meditate on His promises until the picture is so clear on the inside of you that nothing can jar it out of you. 

If you’re lying on a sickbed and the doctor has told you you’ll never walk again, instead of wallowing around in that bad report, you start dreaming. You start building a dream of climbing mountains and witnessing to people in the backwoods. Go to the Word that promises that those who wait upon the Lord shall run and walk and not faint or be weary. Look at it until you see nothing else. Picture yourself walking for miles and running from one place to the next, telling everyone that Jesus has raised you up and made you whole. 

That’s what hope is all about. It’s a divine dream. It’s an inner image that’s bigger than you are because it’s built on the promises of God. 

If you’re a Christian, you ought to be a dreamer. Take the Word of God and build some dreams today.

by Kenneth Copeland