Creative children aren’t born, they are nurtured. Sure, you have the occasional child prodigy, but most of us need to develop our craft to become creative children. It takes practice and real dedication to become creative, so let’s get to work.
Step 7 taken from Another Piece of Saltwater Taffy, a workbook supplement of the adventure novel, Saltwater Taffy is this:
DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY
You must take responsibility for the things you want to accomplish in life. Nobody can do it for you. Not your parents. Not your teachers. Not your mentor. Not even the Dream Team you assembled in the last section. This life … your life … is up to YOU.We need to begin this step by resisting any thought where you think someone owes you something. Your life is your life. You are responsible for your life. PERIOD. Nobody owes you a thing. While you think your parents might owe you something, they do not. They gave you life, now it’s up to you to make the most of it. You owe yourself the dedication to see the life you dream about unfold into full realization. (Remember to look up the bold words in the Treasure Chest of Words Index)
In the last section, we assembled your project book, which helps you keep your ideas organized. Inside of this project book, we need to create a new section called MY TO DO LIST. This list consists of things you want to remind yourself of. Call someone. Write in your book. Do your homework. Take batting practice. Go to the library. Whatever it is, write it down and then check it off when you accomplish it.
When you take response-ability (the ability to respond), you are calling forth the very thing you desire. In our Saltwater Taffy story, the kids wanted to find the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte. As a result, they were willing to do whatever it took to accomplish their goal. Jimmy wanted to give up and go eat ice cream, but the team kept the naysayer going. The same goes for you.
The key is to look at your life as if it were an adventure, because it is. If you view it like some kind of burden, it is going to feel like swimming through mud. Goals take work. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be worth it. It’s kind of like watering a plant. This much we know for sure, plants need water to survive and thrive. So do your dreams, aspirations and desires. You need to water them so they can grow. You water them with good vibrations, your TO DO list, and the spirit of adventure.
Have patience. Don’t get down on yourself if you miss a day on your TO DO list. School keeps you pretty busy, but time off is good. Vacations are good. The key to vacations, however, is to make sure you get back in step with your goals. Have you ever read 40 pages of a book then put it down for a week? It’s hard to get the story engine going again, so the more you keep up with the ‘day-to-day’ work associated with your project, the more results you will begin to see. TO DO lists help keep you on track.