Here are some ideas to help free up your mind and stoke your inner genius. You know you have one! Who doesn’t want to live a more inspired life and inspire others? Now is your time to be who you always knew you could be. I’ve been watching Bob Ross videos. His paintings were not thought out in advance, and he doesn’t encourage his students to do it either. He encourages students to let their hearts talk to them. Maybe you want a grove of pines here or a puddle there. Perhaps a rock or a path would make the picture reflect your thoughts.

A woman I know uses her left-over yarn to create imaginative scarves with some unique yarns mixed in. Try as some of us might, we cannot do as outstanding a job as she does. In her own right, her creations are genius. If you have ever looked through a woodworking magazine, you have seen some beautiful creations. Do you know your talent? Have you tried new ventures? Now may be a perfect time! We don’t have to be stifled by bosses or supervisors. Learn to trust your intuition. Take the time you have to daydream and allow your mind to wander. A walk through nature can help clear your mind and get in touch with your inner genius.

Job 22:21-22 MSG, “Give in to God, come to terms with him, and everything will turn out just fine. Let him tell you what to do; take his words to heart.” Meditate on your dreams, pray about them. What have you most wanted to try but didn’t have the time or the courage? My mom was an artist, but I have never tried my hand at painting. Encouraged to take an art class in painting, I told the instructor I was scared to see what might be in my mind. Think Salvador Dali. Artwork for a beginner doesn’t have to be so freestyle. A friend who recently tried her hand at painting traces a picture before she paints and adds touches as her heart dictates.

When it comes to discovering what we really enjoy, the sharp distinction between work and play seems to fade. Making a birdhouse would be a job to me, but it is relaxing and fun for a woman from whom I have bought two birdhouses. She can lose track of time when she is creating, sawing, and building.

We are good at imagining problems that may not exist. No one has to see your first tries, and as you progress in your understanding of your inner genius, you may be able to redeem those beginning projects. Or they can be a sweet reminder that you started on a new adventure when you were afraid.