I thought I would write a little bit about creativity and creative process today and get outside the normal leadership and management posts I usually stick to. I want to talk a little bit about how to think outside your mental box.
It is pretty easy to think outside something physical. If you are in a classroom all day or in an office where you are sitting regularly, it is pretty easy to put yourself in the state of mind that you aren’t there in order to inspire your own creative processes.
What’s more challenging and definitely more rewarding is learning to think outside the hypothetical box inside your head. This is the mental place where you set your expectations, beliefs, and goals. To get outside it, open your mind to new possibilities just as if you were to imagine yourself outside the office or classroom. Try to use places in your mind that you would not normally go to in order to open yourself to inspiration.
Practice this and you will find all the inspiration and creativity you need.
So over the course of the last 4 months I have been creating my own personal brand. It has been an enlightening experience and I am so glad I have the opportunity to attend Bret Simmons personal branding course for my final semester at University of Nevada, Reno.
My personal branding class paralleled my other final coursework and I cant help but notice how the information I have learned from all these classes have intertwined into my personal brand, blog, twitter, and all social media platforms. As I engage in each class I have certainly learned and transformed myself like I have never done before. I am becoming a different and better “Me” and it is all documented. I can look back into the archives of data and see exactly how I have progressed and how the things I have learned become applied accomplishments.
As well, developing a personal brand has really given me the opportunity to help others who wish to improve their leadership and management skills. I have the know-how to offer my help to anybody who seeks it and usually for free.
It is a great feeling. As my personal branding course comes to a close, I try to remember that the greatest progress when building a personal brand happens between six months in a year. This means that I need to continue to build my brand and not let the busy tasks of tomorrow take away the important time I need to continue my brand. We will see where I end up! So far so good.