7 Ways to Be (More) Creative.


WAYS TO BE (MORE) CREATIVE

The Amazing Power of Creativity

There is nothing more significant than starting with a blank canvas and coming up with a masterpiece. Sometimes we start with a fantastic idea, and we get nowhere. This recurring stumbling block(s) is why it is beneficial to incorporate these great Ways to Be More Creative.

Do you remember the last time you made something amazing out of nothing? You could have been working with your hands or your mind. Maybe it was creating something extraordinary from wood or writing a spellbinding story on your computer. Unfortunately, being creative does not always come easy. Sometimes we need to find ways to be more Creative.

We Can All Do It

Most humans have the potential to be amazingly creative. It’s just part of who we are as humans. If you think about it, in humanity’s long history, there are many times we needed to be creative to survive. I’m sure that’s how our predecessors learned how to start a fire without matches, by being creative! It’s part of humanity’s natural make-up as human beings. 

Unfortunately, being creative does not always come to us spontaneously. Unknowingly we can block our creativity without even knowing we are doing it. Here are seven ways (in no particular order) to be more creative, to open up your natural creativity, and keep your creative channels unblocked so you can love being creative!

1)Think For Yourself. 

If you want to be genuinely creative, let go of any constraints. Whether you’re trying to do something for yourself or working with others, you must take your own counsel seriously. 

Maybe you’re at work, and the workplace has a specific way of doing things. For you, your best thinking may be “out of the box”. When you do this, you may find unique ways of solving problems or finding innovative solutions. By following the beaten path, you limit what you might achieve.

New Habit: Always make your own counsel a priority. It would be best not to let others dictate how you are creative. When asked by others, it’s vital that you tell your truth and not what you think others expect you to say. While this may help you most, it could also help your collaboration.

2) Don’t Make Assumptions. 

If you are working on an idea that requires creativity, you will get far better results if you let your mind wander freely without restrictions. One way that you restrict your capabilities is by jumping to assumptions. Doing this can eliminate steps in thinking that may help you come up with answers that you may have otherwise overlooked.

New Habit: When you feel yourself wanting to make assumptions on where you’re going and what you are doing, stop, take a breath, clear your mind and keep going. Realize that if you are still in the “creative process,” you likely don’t have all the information or answers. Give yourself some time and let go of preconceptions.

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3) See Things From Other Points Of View. 

A truly open mind is willing to accept other people’s viewpoints. Doing this is can significantly expand what is or might be possible. Other people’s ideas are just as valid and could greatly assist you in coming up with creative solutions or ideas.

A few days ago I was driving with friends. We were on a road that I know quite well and I had taken my usual route. One of my compatriots shared that there might be a better way to get to where we were going. Following their directions, we ended up where we wanted to go and did so with much less traffic and got there a lot quicker. Being willing to listen to somebody else’s point of view made my day more enjoyable, and this new information is also something I’ll be able to use again.

 New Habit: You will never know everything! There’s always some little thing that you may overlook, often simply out of ignorance. While you may think you are right and have the best way of doing something, your version can often be open to improvement. To increase your level of creativity, it can help if you are open and consider other points of view.

4) Avoid Emotional-Based Thinking.

At times, some people find themselves swinging from a highly positive mood one minute to a highly negative one and then back and forth. This constant fluctuation makes it very hard to focus and take action. 

Your emotions and emotionally based thinking can take you all over the place. To overcome this, learn to master your emotions. It’s far healthier and way more productive to remain emotionally neutral and not let your emotions get the better of you.

New Habit:  Remember, your emotional thinking can distort reality. Furthermore, your emotions can fluctuate from minute to minute. By calming your emotion-based thinking, it’s far easier to stay focused and come up with solutions to any obstacle in your way of being creative. 

5) Avoid “Lazy” Thinking Habits. 

We, humans, are creatures of habit. It’s estimated that about 40% of what we do is simply a habit. Unfortunately, many habitual thinking patterns can inhibit you from thinking clearly. In a way, thinking itself becomes a habit. We get lazy! Humans tend to think in habitual ways or in patterns that we have integrated unconsciously. As a result, we often ignore options that don’t fit our habitual notions.

New Habit: Learn to make it a habit to think out-of-the-box. Even if you know just how to do something, every now and again try to consider if there is a better way. Remember that anything is possible, especially when you wear your “creative hat.”

Check out our post on why you need to Stop Negative Self-Talk HERE

6) Let Go of Any Preconceptions.

One of the great things about children is they have no preconceptions for the most part. If you ask a group of children to answer a simple question, their responses can vary considerably. 

This understanding was so great that several years ago, there was a very successful TV show called “Children Say The Darndest Things”. Some of the ideas that children come up with will shock you – in a good way! 

It will help you greatly if you learn to let go of any preconceptions and go in with an open mind. Try to listen to ideas from others (and yourself) without judgment or preconceived biases which can keep you stuck doing things the same old way.

New Habit: Listen without judgment. Don’t worry about the myth of age. With the right stimulus and a passion for learning, you can improve your brain’s powers.

7) It’s Important to See All Levels of Detail

Take a minute and think about one of your city or town’s beautiful buildings. From the outside, the building can appear to be stunning. At the same time, millions of minute details exist and had to be addressed for the building to be completed. From conception, the person who designed the building had to think of the big picture, the finished building. Additionally, they had to “chunk down” and address the minute details to ensure the successful completion of the building and that it lasts over time. 

This is a link to a good Ted Talk on Creativity HERE

My Recent Example

I hate filing paperwork. What I see is just a giant disorganized pile, and I instantly get overwhelmed. I know that my goal is to have a clean and organized home. AND I have to deal with all the minute details to complete my dream. 

I will have to organize the paperwork so that it has a home and yet that I can locate what I need, should I need to. To achieve my big-picture goal of being organized, I have to focus on the details, sort and put each item where it belongs.

Tip: Keep the big picture, your final goal, in front of you. At the same time, focus on the details that will need to be addressed to complete your plan.

From this point forward, it is a habit of utilizing these seven simple shifts in thinking a part of your new habitual way of being. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easily you will be able to generate new, innovative, and creative solutions to all of life’s problems. Heck, you can even use your creativity to create new problems and then find new and creative solutions.

Conclusion

There is nothing better than the feeling of starting a project, seeing what your creative mind can create, and then making it a reality. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done. Sadly, we are our own worst enemies, as we can unknowingly sabotage ourselves. 

Being creative is a process that requires focusing on your goals, overcoming any obstacles, taking action, and seeing what amazing things you can create. 

Understand that your habitual thinking processes can get in your way, but they don’t have to. Sometimes we need to find new ways to be more creative. To accomplish this, you will need to cultivate some new habits. Using the simple solutions in this post, you can overcome most obstacles that keep you stuck.