Creativity Pathway #107: Color Outside the Lines

Through my work with children, I have the opportunity to witness many interactions between students and teachers. While these interactions are usually positively inspiring, they are, on occasion, maddeningly uninspiring.

It was in a preschool classroom, for example, that I observed a young boy being reprimanded for coloring outside of the lines in his coloring book. As a Creativity Coach, and artist, you could guess that I was horrified at the situation.

Such is the way in much of our adult experience, where our creativity is stilted by our own inability to color outside of the lines. We become trapped by habits and routines. We let others dictate our potential and we do not take time to dream.

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after growing up.” One strategy for rediscovering the child-like creativity in you is to practice asking “What if?” questions. Asking “What if?” questions frees your mind of the walls you put around it, while at the same time allowing it to stretch and explore.

Here are some “What if?” questions to get you started:

  • What if life imitates art?
  • What if children ruled the world?
  • What if music did not exist?
  • What if red were green?

Coaching Challenge: First, create your own set of “What If” questions. Then, take your brain one step further, and answer your own “What Ifs.” What if this exercise solved the challenge you are facing right now?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH  •   U.S.A.

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