Monday, July 26, 2010

Creativity Tips: Get Excited!

My mother was raised as an Orthodox Jew. In keeping with that tradition, she starts every day with a prayer, Modeh Ani. This prayer of thankfulness sets the tone for her day.

Mom may not know it, but setting the tone, setting expectations, is a wonderful creative tool. I use it all the time. I walk into a client's office, copy in hand, and say, "This is great! You're gonna love it!" I say that because I believe it, but also because I know it will help shape their view as they read.

This past Friday, I was reminded of how important setting positive expectations can be. I went to ACME, a store that makes customized T-shirts, and worked with the staff to design my BlogHer shirt. While they were finalizing the design and printing the shirt, I went for a walk.

This is the text I got about 30 minutes later: Get excited! Your T-shirt is done at ACME and it looks great ... see ya soon!

You know how I felt the moment I read that? Excited.

This week, let's set a positive tone. A good way to start? Follow Mom's lead. Be thankful.* It's Monday, and we're here to enjoy it!

*Yes, I do remember that I'm the person who was recently pushing the idea of an "ungratitude journal." Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

3 comments:

veredlh said...

I'm learning about the Jewish Women's Archive's "Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement" curriculum. Get excited! Great learning to come! Awesome stuff!

Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit said...

Wonderful post. I like to set the tone for my day by dancing around he kitchen.

Lezlie said...

I journal almost every morning, andn try to end with some version of what a great day it's going to be.