How practicing creativity can help you find your muse
“IDEAS ARE LIKE RABBITS. YOU GET A COUPLE AND LEARN HOW TO HANDLE THEM, AND PRETTY SOON YOU HAVE A DOZEN.”
Everyone one is born with latent creativity, but those who succeed in finding their muse and accomplishing do so because they are constantly practicing. Practice seeking creativity and watch as finding your muse gets easier and easier.
Practice makes perfect
Two girls named Lisa and Mary are outside playing a game of HORSE. No, they are not prancing around and whinnying, they are a bit too old for that. This game of HORSE is of the basketball variety, where they each take turns trying to make baskets from different parts of the driveway, if one them makes a shot and the other one misses, the errant shooter gets a letter starting with H. This goes on until someone spells out HORSE and loses. Lisa and Mary have been playing HORSE for a few months and up to now; each game has pretty much ended the same way with Lisa losing.
Time and time again, this happens in part because Mary has better eye hand coordination and the seeming natural ability to put the ball in the basket from almost anywhere in the driveway which, in fact, is her driveways giving her a bit of a home field advantage. Lisa, who is not as athletically gifted, nor is lucky enough to have a basketball hoop in her own driveway, has gotten close to beating Mary several times, but has never been able to get her to spell out HORSE before she does.
This is because Lisa has been secretly practicing a new trick shot that she knows Mary will have trouble hitting. Every morning, for the past week while Mary is busy doing other things, Lisa has been coming over and practicing this one particular shot from the corner over and over again, and has perfected it so much that she can hit it from that spot with her eyes closed. Now, she is ready to bring out and show it off to her friend, which she does, even declaring “eyes closed” to make the shot even harder. Sure enough, all that extra practice pays off and she sink the shot, hitting nothing but net. This astounds Mary, and even though she has a better shot and is playing in her own driveway, she cannot make the shot, and Lisa finally emerges as victor.
And it was all thanks to practice.
Whether it is taking a trick shot, throwing a perfect spiral, or designing rocket ships, the more you work at something, the better you generally get at it. While everyone is born more or less with some degree of latent talent, those who find success with it are generally not the ones with the biggest amount of raw talent, but rather the ones who are willing to put in the extra time and effort to develop this talent and hone their skill until it truly becomes second nature. Inside you is latent creativity yearning to tear open the doors of your imagination and unleash itself onto the world at large, but in order for it to be unleashed, you first need to practice being creative. Your muse is like a wild horse that does not like to be ridden. You are first going to need to be thrown off of it a few times before you learn how to truly handle it. The secret is to keep at it, and soon you will learn how to rein it in and ride towards your own creative destiny.