I believe that entrepreneurship is a creative endeavor. But sometimes it can feel more like a task factory than a creative outlet. As you become a business-building machine, it’s easy to lose touch with your passion, lose sight of your vision, and even lose connection with the people you serve.
The kicker is that your passion and creative expression are what really draw prospective clients. If you lose touch with them, then your prospects and followers do too. It’s why you became an entrepreneur to begin with, and it’s time to reclaim your calling and your creativity. But how?
Take a creativity retreat!
It’s important to take some time to get away from your endless task list, reconnect to your creative energy, and work on those projects and ideas that will move you toward the future. This isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessary practice for entrepreneurs and leaders.
I know some entrepreneurs who literally check themselves into a hotel room, turn off their phone, and stay there for a couple of days. With a group experience, you also get the benefit of guidance, structure, peer support (or gentle pressure), and collaborative energy. Being around other people often makes it easier to get into the creative flow.
Whatever your retreat looks like, it has to have these components:
1. Physical Separation
Get away from your tasks, distractions, clients, employees, kids. Creativity and writing require a higher level of focus that is often impossible in our normal environment.
Go somewhere outside of your usual surroundings. It doesn’t have to be far, unless you just love the idea of jetting off to a mountain or island or wooded retreat!
This also includes technological separation. Being far away isn’t useful if you keep being interrupted by phone calls, texts, updates, etc.
Create space, actual physical space, to allow your ideas to take shape.
2. Creative Inspiration
Be sure to incorporate things that support your creative side. For some people, that means being out in nature; for others, it could be a funky part of the city with a great vibe.
Moving your body can improve focus and creativity, so take breaks to go for a walk, do some yoga, or get your heart pumping.
Other ways to inspire yourself can include listening to music, putting up motivational quotes, trying new, challenging experiences, and getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Sufficient Time
Our minds get stuck in patterns, and it takes time to break out of them. To really gain the full benefit of an intense creative time, you need to give it time. I recommend a minimum of 36 hours. Take two or 3 days if you can.
4. Tangible Results
Set some specific goals for your retreat. And then leave room for new ideas as well.
If you start out with a vague plan to “follow your inspiration” or “come up with the next big idea,” you may find yourself floundering.
Whereas if you bring along a piece to create or write and allow yourself to expand on it, you will come out having accomplished something! You will have a piece that can make a real difference and carry the experience forward.
Do you need to get out of your rut and shake things up? Perhaps it’s time for a creative, entrepreneurial retreat!
Be sure to check out the Content Creation Workshop And Retreat and see if it’s the right fit for you.
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