How being enthusiastic can help you find your muse
“CREATIVITY IS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF OUR ENTHUSIASM”
Showing enthusiasm for the things that you do is a sure way to fuel the creative fires. Bubbling over with excitement for your latest project will be contagious, enticing others who are working with you to feel excited too, focusing everyone’s creative energies on the project and helping you think about the matter you are dealing with in a way that will generate enthusiasm in your audience also.
Show some enthusiasm!
I love Halloween. To me, it is the best time of year: a time in which I can dress up like a zombie and then go to work and actually be complemented for a job well done, a time when I can scare children without fear of being arrested, a time when I do not worry about the dentist. In fact, every time October draws near on the calendar, you can say that my creative enthusiasm hits an all time high. I start stocking up on fake spider webs, pumpkins, and scary figurines to decorate my apartment and I go to extreme lengths to come up with a costume that tops the one I came up the previous year. Given the fact that Halloween is now second only to Christmas in terms of popularity, it is safe to say that there are many other people out there that share my exuberance for this time of year.
St. Urho’s Day is another Holiday that gets me all worked up, thanks mostly in part to a former High School English Teacher of mine. For those of you who are not of Finnish American descent, St. Urho’s Day is the day before St. Patrick’s Day and celebrates St. Urho: who reportedly saved the country of Finland’s grape harvest by chasing away all the grasshoppers that were feasting on it (and yes this is really celebrated). It mostly celebrated by wearing purple, but one teacher in my high school took it to the next level. Every St.Urho’s day, he would come to school decked out in purple and green along, wearing a boatload of Urho paraphernalia, loudly chanting “grasshopper, grasshopper go away” in Finnish and pretty much spending the whole day regaling the virtues lesser known Saint over the slightly more popular St. Patty. Being of Finnish descent, I could not help but be inspired and took my teacher’s enthusiasm with me to college and beyond being sure to celebrate this virtually unknown holiday with all my heart every year.
Getting excited over something like Halloween or St. Urho’s Day, letting your enthusiasm build up to the point that your excitement is virtually bubbling out of you, is a sure way to get great creative ideas flowing. Holidays aside, showing enthusiasm for whatever you are doing is a sure way to stoke the flames of your creative engine room to full speed ahead. You being excited about the thing you are working will also inspire those around you to feel excited about it too, making enthusiasm a powerful tool for group based projects. The thing about excitement is that it is something that is hard to fake. You need to have full on faith in yourself and the others that are helping you order to spread the infection of full on excitement.
Being enthusiastic is inspiring because you will be putting all of you heart and soul into your ideas and your creativity will go off the charts as your excitement takes you beyond the places where you would expect to reach under normal circumstances. Enthusiasm triggers the creative process and allows you to instantaneously think of a million things that have to do with your creative project. Enthusiasm is also contagious, capable of spreading beyond you and infecting others who see your work or work with you. If you find something that truly excites you, latch on to it and let your enthusiasm for it drive your creative process.