Every one of us has the capacity to be creative. It is one of our greatest strengths as humans. Some people have a greater gift for creativity that others, but you will never know how creative you can be unless you take steps to explore and develop it.
It is easy to understand what it takes to become more skilled at hitting a golf ball. It is not quite as clear how someone should go about increasing their skill at creating. Fortunately, many of the most creative people throughout history have been willing to share their wisdom.
Make the most of your talent for creativity with these ideas:
1. Get into a new environment.
Many authors write in hotel rooms. Many painters have studios separate from their homes. Your creativity will not be at the highest level in the places you spend the most time. A new environment can ignite your creativity. If you are feeling creatively stuck, go someplace new for a few days.
- Your normal hangouts stimulate your normal thoughts and thinking. Shake up your routine.
2. Be prolific.
Most ideas are relatively worthless. That is okay. It just means you need to generate several ideas to find one that resonates and uplifts. Some comics have stated they have to write a hundred jokes to get one keeper. Songwriters make similar claims.
- Whether you are looking for a solution to a problem, creating a new gadget, or writing a symphony, be willing to wade through a lot of not so good ideas until you find one good one.
3. Leave a thread for the following day.
There is a case to be made for calling it a day before you run out of ideas. That leaves something for your mind to ponder the following day. For example, more than one famous author has claimed they like to quit for the day after they have gotten some work done, but still know what they are going to write next.
- Avoid exhausting your ideas before you have had time to come up with more. Know how you are going to proceed and then sleep on it.
4. Become an expert in your field.
Studying the masters of your field will give you a greater depth of knowledge. Be an expert in your field and you will have a better chance of developing meaningful ideas.
5. Change your routine.
Take a new path to the grocery store, carpool, or call an Uber. Eat new foods. Change your evening routine. Shake up your world and you will think new thoughts. You will also be surprised by how discombobulating it is to change many of these little things around.
6. Create solitude.
It is next to impossible to be creative when you are constantly interrupted. Find a quiet, inspiring place to do your creative work. Turn off your electronic devices and be creative.
7. Try being bored.
Boring activities encourage daydreaming and reduce the activity of the logical parts of the brain. With your logical centers taking a back seat, your creativity can shine through.
8. Be creative when you are least alert.
It might seem logical that you would be most creative when your brain is most active, but science has shown the opposite is true.
- For example, if you are a morning person, your best ideas will come at night. That also means you should make good use of the time immediately before falling asleep and after awakening.
You can make the most of your creative gifts. There are well-established tips for increasing your creative powers. You never know precisely when a brilliant idea will hit, so increase the odds in your favor. Tap into your creativity today!!
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