Habit 1: START EARLY WITH LESS DISTRACTIONS
“The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is quiet, the phones aren’t ringing, and their minds are rested, alert, and not yet polluted by other people’s words.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 2: LOOK FOR NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS
“Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.”- Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
Habit 3: STUDY THE WORKS OF OTHERS ESPECIALLY THE MASTERS
“People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.” – Mozart
Habit 4: EVERYTHING IS A RESOURCE
“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it. Without the time and effort invested in getting ready to create, you can be hit by the thunderbolt and it will just leave you stunned.” ― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
Habit 5: ELIMINATE THESE TWIN DEMONS: FEAR & DISTRACTIONS, ALWAYS!
“ — distractions and fears — are the dangerous ones. They’re the habitual demons that invade the launch of any project.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 6: LOOK FOR IDEAS EVERYWHERE, AND ANYWHERE
“Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.”― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
“Scratching can look like borrowing or appropriating, but it’s an essential part of creativity. It’s primal, and very private. It’s a way of saying to the gods, ‘Oh, don’t mind me, I’ll just wander in these back hallways…’ and then grabbing that piece of fire and running like hell.” –Twyla Tharp
Habit 7: CREATE YOUR CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT
“In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative.
A lot of habitually creative people have preparation rituals linked to the setting in which they choose to start their day. By putting themselves into that environment, they start their creative day.
Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn’t scare you, doesn’t shut you down. It should make you want to be there, and once you find it, stick with it. To get the creative habit, you need a working environment that’s habit-forming. All preferred working states, no matter how eccentric, have one thing in common: When you enter into them, they compel you to get started.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 8: READ FOR GROWTH
“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 9: DON’T EXHAUST YOUR WHOLE ENERGY
“I always insist on maintaining a reserve for the next day, to get started in the next day for myself as well as for everybody in the room. It’s foolish to blow it out on your first week of rehearsal when you’ve got four more to go.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 10: DO IT!
“…Just some people think about it and others just do it.” – Twyla Tharp
Habit 11: WORK IT!!
“I’m a worker.” – Twyla Tharp