How to be more creative

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
–Robert Collier



I like this Collier quote. Keeping sight of the sum of those small efforts you make day in and day out helps you be successful at learning and playing guitar. And these pockets of scheduled time to spend on yourself doing something that you love, is good for you.


There is a link between being creative and better mental and physical health.


Expressing ourselves creatively helps up be happier, less anxious and more resilient. It makes us better problem solvers.  An excellent way to express yourself is by playing the guitar.  At Relax and Learn Guitar we cover everything from guitar for beginners, choosing a guitar, guitar tutorials and being part of a guitar community.


Using our imagination and practicing a craft gives us purpose. According to this article in Psychology Today, you have the ability to be happy by using your own two hands to be creative.


You don’t have to be young to be an “Artist”.   Children have many advantages to being creative. And young people have all that energy and time to invest in discovery and practice. You know, because they don’t have jobs yet.


But it is not too late for those of us that are a little older. It is just a little more of a challenge.


It can be hard to find the time because we are so busy with work. But what better reason to practice sound time management and invest some time in yourself? The road may be a little longer but the destination is worth it.


The trick is to listen to what we are trying to tell ourselves through the noise of the everyday. To cut through the stress of work and life to figure out what it is that we really want to do.


How do you lead a creative and happy life?


1. Start with a notebook and a pen. Capture your thoughts. Write down that list of songs you want to learn. Use this notebook to record your thoughts, your notes, your ideas. Express yourself on paper first. Get it out of your head and into the physical world.


2. Be curious and be a learner. Seek to discover new things about the guitar.  A new technique, always work toward making progress, no matter how “small”.


3. Embrace being a beginner. It is ok to not know what you are doing. It can be a little uncomfortable because most of us don’t like to look like we don’t know what we are doing. But that is how you are going to learn. Practice the things that you don’t know.  Be excited when you first start out, because you have so much to discover.


4. Fail fast to learn faster. You have to get over failing . You are going to try new things. And you will not be good at all of them. You may not crush that barre chord the first time you try.  But with the right motivation and expectations, you will.


5. Commit to the long hall. It takes time to learn the guitar.  You will discover that it helps you feel better, more relaxed and fulfilled. Once you discover those things, you want to do more of it. There are no short cuts.  That is why it is vital to…


6. Start small. Decide on one thing that you are going to spend just 15 minutes a day on. Spend your time doing one activity that you truly focus on. Do this each day. That helps…


7. Develop a routine. Master your routine to practice your craft.


8. And Finally, take action. Buy that notebook, do some research, then try and spend a little time each day making yourself happy.  Of course, if you join the Relax and Learn Guitar Community, you will have a great place to practice all of the things we talked about in this article.


Good luck on making these “small efforts” everyday and leading a creative and happy life.
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