Last week, I embarked on a creativity challenge and because I was traveling, I spent much of it coloring in an 'adult' coloring book (yes, apparently this is a thing).
As I was lost in creating a pretty picture, I noticed that my brain was actively processing at a whole new level where connections, possibilities and creative ideas came to mind organically.
This is one of the many benefits of tapping into our creativity - creative solutions to problems.
In "Creativity and the Everyday Brain," an OnBeing interview with neuropsychologist, Rex Jung, Jung says that creative cognition (creative thinking) opens up space for a freer interplay of different networks in the brain. This allows unrelated (or related) ideas to link together more readily.
In fact, Jung believes that creative thinking is a slow meandering process, "where you take the side roads and even the dirt roads" to put ideas together.
Put simply, creative acts make space for your brain to connect previously unrelated thoughts.
Why does this matter to you and your career?
If you find yourself at a crossroads in your life's work, looking for more meaning, a re-invention, or an up-leveling then I encourage you to do one thing:
Make creativity a priority in your life.
Creative activities will allow you to see your greatest potential and to tap your innate ability to create a higher and truer path.
Play, act, sing, dance, build and create.
Laugh. Let go. Be curious. Notice.
As my favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in "Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower":
"...be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there."
At the crossroads, may you find possibilities you didn't notice before, solutions you couldn't see and a love for the mystery.
There in the mystery, lies your greatest potential.