Make creativity a philosophy of life – not originality, in the sense of being different, but creative originality in the sense of developing perceptivity from within. The first step to creativity is perceptive imitation of excellence. The second is to view each situation as unique and as requiring, therefore, perceptive handling. The third is to draw from that situation some hidden truth, as you yourself are best able to perceive it.
From Do It NOW! by Swami Kriyananda