How To Be More Creative?

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What is creativity?

Creativity is an act of faith and an art of discovery. It is the ability of a person to create something that is new to the world based upon an innovation.

Example: When an apple fell on the head of Newton he formulated laws of motion which are the basis of many present day calculations. When Sir Thomas Alva Edison analyzed the need of light to fight with dark in the night, this analysis guided him in the invention of the electric bulb.

To some extent, creativity lies in every person whether he is a famous scientist or lower grade employee.

Creativity lies in depth of your soul in form of innovative ideas which either gets buried in corners of your heart with the passage of time or you do not get support from society.

So, the need only is to give life to your innovation.

Let yourself come out of you. Forget about restrictions of society, existing past trends and gain faith in you.

You can learn to be more creative by observing and following highly creative people through reading their biographies.

Give shape to your thoughts and bring your thoughts into life. Don’t be protractive in giving life to your innovation.

Creative people have a strong desire to express themselves and sometimes they need to fight to secure their rights.

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What are the qualities of creative people?

The answer to this question is that between a simple man and highly creative people the difference lies in mind, attitude and perception.

The main characteristics where creativity of a person can be judged are:

Unconventional

Creative people are not conventional. They need not stick to society norms and standards. They believe only in what they feel is right. They can bring an end to existing conventions.

Example: Galileo made a revolt against the existing beliefs in his times and proved that the earth revolves round the sun. And his work of that time is the basis of many calculations of the present era.

Individualistic

Creative people do not believe in superstition and have a strong desire to uncover the truth.

Inventive

Creative people are highly intelligent and are constantly coming up with innovative ideas. They are always in search of what is missing in the world and what could be done more to make life better.

Driven

Creative people are driven by their vision. They have a strong desire to convert their vision into their achievements.

Vision

Creative people are visionary. Their vision lies in their heart and soul. And their priority is always towards their vision.

Intuitive

Creative people are highly intuitive. The work they have to do originate in their soul. They listen to their soul and let their soul guide them in their life.

Before thinking about how to be more creative, there are some real barriers that some people seem to have when wanting to enhance creativity.

 

Think if any of these things are applicable to you and your life:

1. Lack of time.

This is not as major as you may think. Linking thoughts and ideas only take seconds. It can happen anytime, anywhere.

Provided you are in the right state and pay attention to your own experience.

Creativity is more about the quality of the time you have and being receptive to yourself, though this does take some time.

2. Fear of being judged.

Individuals were often scared of expressing ideas. Creativity results in unusual ideas and perhaps even being different in some way.

They can be thought of as strange, odd or challenging. Fear of being considered weird, stupid or just different often kills creativity.

3. Lack of self-esteem.

When you do something creative, you go beyond the bounds of what has been safe and familiar in the past, to yourself and maybe even others.

When you are not sure about yourself, being different in any way can feel risky or make you feel vulnerable. The danger is that you give up your new insight to just blend in. Smash out of those shackles!

4. Fear of failure.

This inhibits anyone. If you are making a new connection in your brain there can be no inherent “right” or “wrong” about it.

Failure can only have two meanings really. First, that it didn’t work in the way you wanted it to. Second, someone else did not like it.

But so what!

Creativity is not reserved for genius only. Einstein was brilliant but he is not necessarily the best model of creativity for us.

You do not need specialist expertise to be creative. The fruits of your creativity may manifest in many, many differing ways.

If at any time you doubt your ability to be creative, remind yourself that several times every night you create an entirely new dream, which you script, act in and watch, which involves all your senses and has effects that can last long after they are over.

This creation is so very effortless most people don’t even recognize it as such.

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How to be more creative?

How does one actually go about getting more creative?

Here are some ideas:

1. Find the right frame of mind.

Explore what states you associate with being creative. Discover properly what it is that triggers and maintains you being creative.

What’s your best time of day? What’s the best environment? Do you need to be alone or with others or alone in the midst of others? Do you need sounds or silence or background sounds?

Build a profile of your creativity state, then make time and space for it on a regular basis instead of waiting for some divine intervention and for it to just happen on its own.

2. Cultivate dreaming.

Pay attention to your experience of life and attention to your existing creativity rather than dismissing daydreams and dreams.

Don’t allow yourself to waste what you may already be discovering by ignoring it.

3. Ask yourself “What if?” and “What else?” and “How else?”

Always go beyond what you first thought, find more and more different ideas.

Keep on asking of the possibilities no matter how strange they may be.

Inquire relevant or even irrelevant questions. You may never know where the answers will lead you.

4. When and/or if you hit a problem, pretend your usual solution is not available.

This can work in many different ways. If your PC crashes today, how else might you do your work? If you usually argue face to face, what would happen if you wrote your feelings down instead?

Some solutions may be no better than the ones you’re used to. Others may offer you brilliant new opportunities. Do something different.

5. See how many different results you can get with the same ingredients.

Perhaps, many of you know that there is a cookbook called “Recipes 1-2-3” by Rozanne Gold, in which every recipe is made out of only three ingredients.

Some recipes use the same three ingredients but different processes or quantities come up with different results.

You can have some great fun by taking an everyday object and imagine or think about how many other uses it can have, you can even think about how to combine them with other objects.

6. Think of different ways to do the familiar.

Change the order in which you do things, use different things, use your less favored hand; as soon as you break the routine, move from a state where you are on auto-pilot to one where you are alive and alert.

You exercise unfamiliar brain connections and help build new links in your brain. A glorious feeling!

7. Look out for the difference that makes the difference.

When you encounter something that strikes you as different, ask yourself what it is about it that is so different or new or unusual. Where does the key difference actually lie?

Search for the uniqueness or exceptionality. What is the ‘it’ factor that makes it stand out?

 

Disney Creativity

The Disney creativity strategy is for developing your dreams and giving them the best possible chance of becoming reality.

It is named after Walt Disney, who often took on three different roles when his team was developing an idea; the dreamer, the realist, and the critic.

Robert Dilts, an NLP pioneer, modeled and developed this strategy as an NLP tools.

The strategy separates out these three vital roles involved in the process of translating creative ideas into reality so that they can be explored separately for maximum clarity and effect.

You can also play all three roles yourself with your own wants, needs, and goals.

However, the usual way to use it is to allocate three roles to different people (realist, dreamer, and critic) to assess plans or tasks.

Ask someone to act as the dreamer and tell you all the possibilities of the idea.

Ask someone else to examine exactly what would be involved in putting it into practice (realist), and someone to take a hard look at it and really evaluate its strengths and weaknesses (critic).

You may want to rotate the roles. If doing it on your own, be sure to keep the roles very separate and write them down.

You can even use this in a meeting broken down into three stages and each role as a separate stage. Get everyone brainstorming and being creative first.

Then, get them thinking about what would actually have to happen in practical terms. Then, get them critically evaluating the possibilities.

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Creative Solutions with ‘What If?’

For the most creative solutions, you need to get your mind looking in new directions.

One of the most systematic ways to do this is with a list of words, primarily adjectives, to create “what if?” scenarios.

The process starts with the question, “what if it was…” and then you insert a word from the list.

It” in the question is the problem you’re working on, or the current solution or situation.

Let’s explain the process with an example or two.

Example one: You have an unpleasant co-worker. You aren’t sure how to deal with him, so you ask about the problem, “What if it was…” and insert from the list “smaller.”

How could you make the problem smaller? Spend less time with that person? Get reassigned?

“What if it was…  fun?” makes you wonder if being annoying yourself might keep the other person away from you.

“Closer” makes you wonder if this person might be nicer to you if they knew you better.

You continue down the list and work with each word a bit to get new ideas, which you will look at more analytically later.

Example two: Your house is too crowded because you’re running your business in it. You ask, “What if it was…” and insert the word list, “smaller.”

Your house is already too small, but could the business be smaller?

The word “divided” might give you the idea to keep the business in just one part of the house.

Since most words on the list won’t help, you can go through the irrelevant ones quickly. But don’t automatically dismiss them without a few seconds of consideration.

“What if it was hopeless?” may seem like a useless question, or it may make you realize that you just can’t keep the business in the house any longer.

Moving into a rented office might be the most profitable as your creative solutions.

 

The Creative Solutions Word List

Feel free to create your own list of words. You’ll want to use adjectives, descriptive phrases, and any words that can change your perspective.

Here is a short list to get you started:

What if it was… larger, smaller, farther away, closer, sooner, later, easier, more difficult, higher, fat, rich, short, black, certain, hopeless, newer, boring, casual, subtracted from, cheaper, common, divided, more interesting, extravagant, subtle, or fun?

Just as with most problem-solving techniques, it’s important to allow the ideas to flow without judging them initially.

You don’t want to stifle the creative process. Take notes, and then evaluate your ideas later, when you have a page full of creative solutions.

Have some fun being creative and doing things differently to generate more creativity. It feels wonderful!

And if you have found that your progress to success or the outcomes you desire has been blocked or gone stagnant, then think about being more creative in how and what you are doing.

Creative Thinking Techniques

Do you want to have a mind of a creative inventor? Start redesigning everything you see.

Imagine better cars, faster ways to serve food, or better light bulbs. If you do this every day for three weeks, it will become a habit.

Do you want to be the person who always has something interesting to say? Train yourself to look at things from other perspectives.

What would the president say about this? How would a Martian view it?

What’s the opposite perspective? The point isn’t to ask others silly questions, but to ask yourself, to see what interesting ideas you can get.

Do these until it is a habit and you’ll always have something interesting to add to a conversation.

Want systematic creativity in poetry?

Put a word on each of 40 cards: 10 nouns, 10 verbs, 10 adjectives, and 10 random words.

Shuffle, deal out four cards and write a 4-line poem using one of the words in each line. Your mind will find a poetic use of any word if you use this method often.

Hopefully, the examples, ideas, and strategies presented above would help you to be more creative. There is no formula or particular technique to be creative.

Since you are unique and different from the rest, you have your own way of doing things and making things work for you. You have your own way to be creative!

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How To Make The Most Of Inspiring Ideas And Live An Inspired Life?

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What can you do in order to make the most out of your inspiring ideas?

Throughout your life, you may come across a number of good inspirational ideas. It is good to know what to do when his happened. In this article, we look at how to best use these ideas to be inspired.

There is a proverb that says “Gravesites are the richest places since many who lie there, died with so many great ideas” – Author unknown

Yet, do not let this happen to you. Do not kill your ideas because of fear or excuses to make them come to life. It might be ridiculous or impossible as what initial ideas were before the world accepted them.

Nurture whatever absurd ideas you might have right now. Use your creativity and imagination to enhance it or improve it to fit in the present or future society.

You have to assure that you make use of all your ideas so as to live a fulfilling life.

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How to Make the Most of Inspiring Ideas?

Acquiring Inspirational Ideas

The initial step is certainly to get the ideas. You may likewise be amazed to discover that you have such a large number of ideas  as of now that you have never actually put them into practice.

The best way to distinguish these ideas is by reading widely and collaborating with others.

For instance, reading this article may open your eyes to potential and opportunities that you didn’t even realize that you already had.

Write It Down

Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s wealthiest women talked of keeping a notebook by her side at all times of the day or night. In this notebook, she recorded any inspired thoughts that came to her.

She also wrote down all her epiphanies. This is what everyone should have. If you have a nice idea, take a paper and pen and put it down. This will help you in analyzing the idea easily.

It will also help you in ensuring that you don’t forget the idea or plan. If you have your notebook with you at all times, you will keep referring back to what you wrote down.

You should also have your notebook with you whenever you attend motivational seminars or any other talks that may get you inspired.

Regardless of the fact that you are searching for inspiring ideas to empower you from the internet, you have to write it down.

You may listen and get inspired at that time but then forget everything the minute you move on to other activities.

Research

It is always advisable to carry out research on your inspirational ideas before planning on how to put them into action without hesitation.

For instance, if it’s a business idea, there is no harm in carrying out further research about the idea before committing your finances into pursuing it.

Reading more and consulting with others can inspire you even more. It’s never enough to simply have a good idea.

Action

You need to put all your inspirational ideas into action. The process of empowerment will only happen once you try out your ideas.

For example, if you are inspired to be a writer, you have to start writing or composing. You can’t just keep this idea and keep postponing it for a future date. The time to act is now.

Remember, people like Nelson Mandela didn’t influence History by just resting on a good idea. They put their ideas into action and were able to get the desired results.

You will only be successful once you put your inspirational ideas into action.

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Rules to Comply to Live an Inspired Life

Inspiration can be gotten from various sources. Some ideas that you get inspired from is equipped for changing your life totally and you can carry on with a more full life.

If you live an inspired life, you have the capacity to think differently and act differently and in turn, be a source of inspiration for others around you.

However, how can one get to live an inspired life and in doing so help be an inspiration to others?

Apply Law of Attraction

Positive thinking can help in paving a way for positive actions. This is known as the Law of Attraction.

By using the law of attraction, one can get positive thoughts in the mind that is initiated by reading to motivational materials or listening to the words of people who inspire you.

By having positive thoughts in the mind, you build up the ability to think clearly and initiate an action plan in the positive direction thereby helping you realize your lifetime goals and dreams.

Have Faith in Yourself

You need to believe in yourself to help you reach the summit of your success. Unless you have faith in yourself, you cannot be inspired by your ideas and cannot initiate positive thinking, planning, and action.

In order to do this, you ought to expel and renounce any negative ideas that arise in the mind judging your capabilities and instill positive thinking saying that nothing is impossible when you have set your mind to accomplish it.

Daily Positive Affirmations

Affirmations fortify the positive thinking that is developing within you. By using positive affirmations daily, you improve the confidence that you have in yourself.

This will also inspire you to work towards achieving your goals and ambitions. And through this, it helps to not let you lose heart or instill negative thoughts in your mind.

Goals to Attain Your Objectives in Life

You need to identify your purpose in life and set goals to reach this purpose. You need to constantly remind yourself about the goals you want to achieve and work towards them without losing your focus.

Your goals will help inspire you to move towards them. Keep in mind to step up to accept that accomplishing these goals is not going to be a walk in the park and you need to strive hard to reach them.

It is best to break up your lifetime goals into smaller goals and strive to achieve them one by one rather than trying to reach everything all at once.

Reflect on Success

There are going to be some days that will take every will power to feel motivated and move forward. What can you do? Reflect on what is happening in your life and what you can learn from it.

Look back on how far you’ve come. Think of past accomplishments that make you feel good and proud of. List down all your achievements, both personal and professional, and know your worth.

Don’t forget the little achievements too. These are proofs that you have made good use of your time and energy.

Never Give Up

Don’t ever give up. You will not fail if you keep trying. Work hard at what you want to achieve and never let negative thoughts cloud your mind. Have faith in yourself.

During difficult times, you will find ways to keep your spirits up and keep moving forward.

Remember, if you think positively, you will get positive results. And if you think negatively, you will get negative results.

Don’t Wait, Do It Now

While it’s important to work within your plan, don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you make that move.

Don’t be in limbo, waiting for perfection that will never be. If you’re waiting for a shining moment of excitement, it isn’t going to happen. Stop waiting for it.

Work within your plan and take that first step. Frustration sets in when you make all the plans you want, make lists, detail every step, but take no action.

You have to MAKE it happen. Take action and repeat the action process again tomorrow.

Get Close to a Positive Energy

Stay away from all forms of negativity. Avoid the cynics, pessimists, whiners and complain kings and queens.

They will not support your goals and desires. They will drain your energy and stifle your dreams.

Associate yourself with positive and happy people. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious.

Positive and optimistic people will uplift your spirits and help you through challenging times. Also, draw inspiration from Mentors and Motivation Gurus.

Take Time to Relax Too

It is critical to take time off. You need rest and relaxation every now and then. Rest, by itself, is a great motivator. Perhaps, you are so busy that you can forget to relax and recharge.

Even a weekend away from work, studying or watching kids can be good. You need to recharge those “batteries”, refresh your attitude, and renew your commitment to yourself.

Without sufficient rest and relaxation, you will burn out fast. Taking time off from work is essential to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

To live the life you want to live, action is required. Take these simple ideas to create and improve the life you have always wanted.  Start Today.

By living your life following some of the above-mentioned principles, you will soon learn to live an inspired life that will not only be a source of inspiration for you but will be an influence to many others around you.

And one way is if you have the knowledge to impart education on how you go about your life in an inspired manner.

But even without all these, a gentle reminder once again to make the most of your ravishing ideas not just for yourself but for the rest around you.

 

Where to Find Inspirational Ideas?

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You can find inspirational ideas from a wide number of sources. There’s no need to travel to distant places or go meet famous people to get inspirational ideas.

There are many possible ways to have inspiration all around you.

 

Research

 “You must be the change that you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

There are so many inspirational ideas that you can find by simply conducting research. You may opt to read books or even just research online. You will find a wealth of knowledge from these resources.

 

For instance, there are so many ideas that you can get from Mahatma Gandhi. Since you can’t meet this great man in person, you can read his quotes and learn from him.

 

You can get empowerment by reading quotes from famous people like Mahatma Gandhi. You can find these quote sin different books or online resources.

 

You can also get inspirational ideas by reading biographies about famous people who managed to succeed no matter what their circumstances may have been.

 

For instance, the biography of the first and only female prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi is a true inspiration. Indira shows what anyone can achieve if they set their mind to it.

 

She was the first woman to ever be elected into office in India. After serving 3 consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977, she was assassinated in 1984 while service her fourth term.

This woman shows how determination can enable one achieve what may be termed as the impossible.

Reading Indira Gandhi’s story can inspire any person to go beyond their current circumstances and achieve what others may consider impossible.

 

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Search Out New Experiences

If you decide to stay stagnant in life, you will remain exactly that way. You have to open your eyes to new experiences. Sometimes this may mean traveling away from your comfort zones in search of this motivation.

 

For instance, if you live in a small town whereby nobody ever lives or does anything with their lives, you need to venture out of this town. Travelling may inspire you and open your eyes to many possibilities.

 

You should always seek to find new things and ideas. Don’t ever be satisfied with staying at one place for a long time. If you can’t travel, you can get imaginative. Read about new places and inspirational stories.

 

Don’t just read about people in your own country, try and read about successful people in other parts of the world. This will enlighten you on the opportunities available even outside your own area.

 

You may also find inspiration in nature. Once again, if you can’t travel, look for photos and videos. Music may also offer you inspirational ideas. Remember, you need to go out and consider life outside what you are used to. Change may inspire and empower you.

 

You have to keep an open mind and be ready to embrace change. Sometimes, you will get so many nice inspirational ideas but still have a difficulty in letting them inspire you. This mostly happens when one is reluctant to accept change. This reluctance may come from fear of what lies ahead or even fear of failure.

This mostly happens when one is reluctant to accept change. This reluctance may come from fear of what lies ahead or even fear of failure.

 

However, you need to allow the inspirational ideas to change your mindset and influence your life. There is no need of having so many great ideas existing only in your mind but not being reflected in your life.

 

Role Models

These people are full of inspirational ideas that can greatly influence your life. Everyone needs a role model. It doesn’t have to be someone famous, though.

 

A role model can be someone in your life who encourages and inspires you. It can be a close relative or a friend. Ensure that this person lives the kind of life that you would want to live.

 

Don’t just pick any role model. It is also advisable to pick someone who you have something in common with. For instance, people who have been through sexual abuse, tend to look up to Oprah Winfrey and Joyce Meyers as role models.

 

These two women went through that kind of abuse but that didn’t limit them in life. They refused to be victims of their past. Their stories can be an inspiration to other girls who have been through the same kind of life.

 

Meditations

There are many people who believe in the power of meditation. Once you find an inspirational idea, meditating on it can help you commit the idea to your memory. This helps in changing your mindset faster.

 

Yoga also helps with this. There is a lot of inspiration that can be found when you learn to quiet your mind and listen.

Meditating on an inspirational idea can help in changing your mindset. You will accept the idea faster and commit it to memory.

 

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Children

There are so many people who normally get inspired by children. Unlike grownups, children lack inhibitions.

 

They also tend to believe in themselves. Their outlook of the world is also innocent. They are still full of dreams that are yet to be crushed by the realities of life.

 

Listening to a child can be a source of inspiration. You can also just watch a child and learn from them.

 

For instance, see how they select their clothes with so much confidence. If we all learnt to be that confident, we would all be empowered. We would also learn to trust ourselves and live life to the fullest.

 

There is so much that can be learned from a child who trusts himself and lacks inhibitions and fears of failure.

 

Motivational Speakers

You can actually get a wealth of knowledge from motivational speakers. They have so many inspirational ideas that if you listen to can help you change your life.

 

These people have been trained specifically on how to inspire people into living their lives. In addition, they know how to capture a person’s attention. They aren’t like lecturers who may actually bore you.

 

These speakers know how to keep their topics relevant. You can be very empowered by simply listening to these gurus. Remember, you have to put everything you have learned into practice so as to get results.

 

Seminars and Workshops

There are so many seminars and workshops normally held in different areas to inspire people. Sometimes, there may be speakers while other times it’s more of a lecture. These meetings are effective in two ways.

 

You can learn a lot and be empowered by the speakers. One can also network with other people and manage to get empowered.

 

Most of the seminars are normally held for people in the same profession or some other type of similarity. This gives enough opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas.

Seminars can be very enlightening. They can help individuals to get inspired and learn new things to empower them.

 

Inspirational Videos and Tapes

If you can’t get to go to a seminar or go listen to a motivational speaker, you can always watch motivational videos. You may find these in your local stores. You can also find a number of them online.

 

Some are free to download while others may cost you some money. These videos can be very beneficial in empowering you to follow your dreams.

In addition, they are good since they allow you to watch the replay the videos, again and again, to keep yourself inspired.

 

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Inspirational People

You can find so many inspirational ideas from inspirational people. These don’t have to be the likes of Mahatma Gandhi or Oscar Wilde.

 

You can find just ordinary people living ordinary lives who have managed to overcome some form of adversity. For instance, there are cancer survivors who inspire people.

 

Also, there is a movie called “127 hours” about a man who was trapped in the Grand Canyon for almost a week. To free himself, he had to cut off his arm.

 

These are ordinary people who have managed to inspire people from all over the work. You can get books, videos or even read blogs from such people to get you inspired.

 

One way to get you inspired and motivated is by learning from other empowered people.

 

 Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have a dream that one day on the hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will sit down together at a table of brotherhood.– Martin Luther king Jr

 

Martin Luther King is remembered as one of America’s most vocal civil rights activists. This leader believed in equality of people of all skin colors. This was during a time when racial segregation was very rampant in America.

 

Black people were treated as a minority group and racial discrimination was simply accepted as the norm. He shared his ideas in a non-violent manner that managed to highlight this issue that many had turned a blind eye to.

 

Although he was later assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King managed to change the courses o History especially for the Black people in America.

His inspiration managed to empower millions of people from then up to now. His famous speeches are still an inspiration to many people.

 

Sir Winston Churchill

This leader is known as one of the key figures who shaped Britain’s modern history. However, he also played a key role in also the world’s history.

Churchill played a number of important roles such as a politician, an author, and even soldier. He achieved all this during a time a time when the world was in turmoil and war was going on.

He prepared Britain in standing against other world leaders such as Adolf Hitler of Germany. He participated in the signing of significant world treaties and boundary agreements.

 

Winston Churchill also participated in changing the History of other countries such as Kenya in Africa. He managed to end rebellion against the colonial government which was Britain.

He also opened up peace talks between the two countries which stayed in place until he lost office.

It is clear to see that a lot can happen simply through one inspired individual. This man used his inspiration to empower many nations across the globe.

 

Sir Isaac Newton

This is a renowned scientist whose background isn’t known by many. Newton was born into a very poor family. His father died while his mother was expectant.

Later on. he was adopted by his stepfather who he didn’t agree with. Although he was a hard working bright student, he had to drop out of school and become a farmer.

 

However, the school headmaster intervened on his behalf and asked his mother to allow him to go back to school. He went to join Cambridge University.

This man is described as one of the world’s greatest geniuses. His key area was Mathematics where he came up with many mathematical theories that are being studied in schools up to now.

 

He also made significant contributions to the science world. This includes the development of the telescope, optics and also gravity.

A poor boy went on to become of the world’s mathematical and scientific Geniuses. Isaac Newton can inspire anyone to know that they too can achieve a lot in life.

 

There are many other people, who have used their ideas to make a change in various fields such as, Art and entertainment, heroes and icons and many other areas. Some of these people are famous while others may not be known by many.

 

Life Coaching

There are so many life coaches in today’s world. These coaches have written books or made videos. These books contain a wealth of inspirational ideas that can change a person’s life.

 

There is also inspirational that can be drawn when you try to inspire others. You will also get new ideas that will empower you while you empower other people.

 

Now, I will leave you these questions to answer for yourself:

Where can you find inspirational ideas?

Who can give you some inspiration?

 

 

What are the Different Types of Inspirational Ideas?

There are general inspirational ideas that can inspire any group of individuals while there are others that are meant for a group of people.

On the other hand, there are other ideas that may be intended for a group of people but can also be applied by other different groups.

 

Visionaries

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens but often we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

 

Inspirational ideas that fall under this category are meant to enable people to have a positive outlook on life. They encourage and motivate at the same time. They give people hope for the future.

 

Visionaries shave a clear picture of the future. They have goals and dreams. This is what keeps them motivated and enables them to pursue these goals.

 

Having a vision also helps one in overcoming obstacle since they have their eyes set on the goals. A person who has a vision will be able to avoid things that may distract from their goals.

 

“Nothing splendid was ever achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to their circumstances.” – Bruce Barton

 

As indicated in this inspirational idea, a visionary can easily overcome their present circumstance. For example, a person may be poor but they have a clear vision of what they to be in future.

 

This will give them the determination to overcome their present situation and achieve their goals. In contrast, someone who isn’t inspired will just accept their present situation and be content.

 

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Visionaries Who Have Used Inspired Ideas to Change History

There are a number of great people who managed to achieve the impossible simply by being inspired and having a vision. One such person is Nelson Mandela.

 

This man had an idea of what he wanted South Africa to be. He had a dream of the country being free from apartheid and South Africans being able to leave in freedom.

 

This vision and dreams got him imprisoned for over 25 years. However, he still didn’t lose sight of his vision. This is what got him released and later elected as the president of independent South Africa.

 

After years of racism and apartheid and indescribable human suffering, South Africa is not only free but the most developed nation in the whole continent.

All this was because of an inspired idea that one man had. It managed to empower him and a whole nation.

 

The Wright brothers are also visionaries who were inspired to create and ended up changing the course of History forever. These brothers are accredited with having invented airplanes.

 

The two had an idea of air transportation long before anyone had even such an idea. This was way back in 1903.

They made a few futile attempts but didn’t give up until they have a breakthrough. This goes to show the power of a single inspirational idea.

 

There are many people who have managed to use inspired ideas to empower themselves and the others.

Their ideas and dreams have influenced the course of History. This goes to show that anyone with can go very far in life by just being inspired.

 

“Never tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”  – Author unknown

 

An inspired idea can help you take a leap and step away from your current situation no matter how limiting.

 

Poetry

‘To see the world is a world in a grain of sand,

And heaven in a world of flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.” William Blake

 

This is another category of inspirational ideas. They serve two main purposes, the inspire poets and can also be an inspiration for poets.

 

Inspirational ideas that are meant to inspire poets are normally helpful especially for those who have run out ideas on what to write about.

 

They may be inspirational in that they provide ideas for topics. They may also provide tips on how to get over the mental block and become creative again.

 

The inspirational poems that are meant to inspire others are thought provoking.

They contain a message that may be immediately clearly while others may depend on the individual interpretation of the message.

For example:

“This is my quest to follow that star,

No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,

To fight for the right without question or pause,

to be willing to match into Heaven for a Heavenly cause.”

– Jim Darion

 

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

 

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Such inspirational words inspire people to follow their dreams no matter what happens.

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Artists

“Every child is an artist; the problem is who to remain an artist once he grows up”. Picasso

 

There are so many inspirational ideas that you can get from artists. In most cases, the inspirational ideas are meant for other artists.

However, an individual can try and apply the same ideas to their own personal life even if they aren’t artists.

 

For example:

“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

 

This isn’t just inspiration for artists; it can apply to any person. It acts a reminder that we do need people in our lives. No matter how successful you become, you will need people.

 

“I don’t know the key to success, but they key failure is to try and please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

 

There are also a number of inspirational ideas that are meant to inspire artists to get motivation for their works.

For instance, you can get ideas for the bets locations for your art projects. Some of these ideas include Art classes, Art fairs, museums and also reading books.

Some ideas recommend talking to children to get new ideas for Art. Others suggest the change of a medium.

 

Writers

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Johnathon Swift

 

There are so many nice inspirational ideas that are meant to inspire writers. These ideas can offer assistance to writers who are struggling or have a “writer’s block”.

 

They can also be helpful to writers who are looking for inspiration to finally start writing. Most of these ideas are from successful writers.

 

Some of the inspirational ideas for writers include reading the novel or writing by one of your favorite writers. This may act as an inspiration to you.

Another idea is to give yourself a treat every day that you manage to accomplish a writing goal. This will keep you motivated. It is also good to be confident and persistent.

 

Any writer who feels stumped can get empowered to write again by just finding the right inspirational ideas.

There are also a number of inspirational ideas from writers to everyone else. These are not necessarily just meant for other writers.

 

“Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear but around in awareness.”- James Thurber

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain

“Passionate people embrace what they love and never give up.” – Danielle Kennedy

 

All these are inspirations by writers.

 

Leaders

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comforts and convenience but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.” –  Martin Luther King Jr.

 

There are so many inspirational ideas that can empower one into a leadership role. These ideas can also inspire leaders into embracing their roles and being even better leaders.

The inspirational ideas are also for leaders to use to inspire others.

Some of these ideas include:

A good leader should be passionate about the goals and objectives of the team that he is leading.

This is what will inspire others to work hard. A leader who lacks passion will not inspire his people.

 

A good leader should be a good listener.

His people should feel empowered to make contributions and share their ideas about the team. Another great idea is to make the members of the team feel included and appreciated.

It’s not possible to inspire them if at all they feel left out in the key role such as decision making.

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price that we’ll have to pay to achieve the goal or any other goal.” – Vince Lombardi

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Business Inspirational Ideas

There are so many different types of inspirational ideas for business people. The first type is the kind of inspiration that is normally given to people who want to get started in business.

 

These maybe people who are passionate about business ideas but they lack the confidence to pursue this. They may be hindered by fear or failure of self-doubt.

 

These inspirational ideas empower such people to go ahead and start their own business. It prepares them for the challenges of running a business.

 

The right kind of ideas not only helps a business person to get started out but to keep going no matter what they encounter.

 

There are also inspirational ideas for people who are currently facing hardships in their businesses. Maybe they have been hit by financial crisis or the business is just not doing as well as expected.

 

Inspirational ideas can help such business people to remain hopeful in trying to get over their hurdles. They may be inspired by looking for alternative financiers.

 

They may also be inspired to try out new ideas that may just give the business the right kind of boost.

If the business completely failed, inspirational ideas would give the businessman the confidence to move on and try out something new.

 

There are also inspirational ideas on how to empower employees of any organizations. The right kind of empowerment can get the staff members motivated and enable them to perform much better.

 

Some of the inspirational ideas include, including the employees in the decision-making process, listening to them and also incorporating their ideas as suggested.

 

In some organizations, there are inspirational quotes shared around to keep the employees motivated at all times.

 

Religious Inspiration

There are a lot of different types of inspirational ideas that are provided by different religious groups and leaders.

 

With this given information, I will leave you to answer the following questions:

Which inspirational ideas can apply to your current situation?

How can these ideas help you?

 

 

 

Empowering Yourself And Others Through Inspirational Ideas

Here’s an inspirational thought for you – empower yourself first and pass it on to others. This can be possible done starting from the seed of inspirational ideas.

There are people who have so many ideas yet they don’t use them. They read widely and interact with many people yet their lives still remain stagnant. There are people who are yet to know how to use the inspiration that they get.

Find out how to be empowered with inspirational ideas and how to use them in reaching out to others.

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What Hinders Empowerment?

There are many people who go through their lives feeling powerless and uninspired to make anything meaningful out of their lives.

Surprisingly, some of these people have all the necessary tools that they need to excel but still have no idea how to use them.

In other cases, people may feel powerless due to the circumstances that they are facing. One such circumstance is poverty.

Many people feel that they can never be successful because they are poor. They may also be limited due to their inability to access any opportunities because of their financial situations.

Poverty also puts one in a situation where it becomes hard to get inspired. For instance, people living in homeless shelters only have their fellow residents to talk to. This brings a general feeling of helplessness since they are all going through the same kind of hardships.

Abuse is another factor that makes many people feels un-empowered and uninspired by life. It robs a person their freedom. It makes them lose their self-esteem and infringe son their privacy.

Abuse can ruin a person’s life to the point of making them feel hopeless and with no desire to live. Abuse can physical, emotional or even sexual.

A person who feels defeated or helpless may have trouble being empowered. You have to address the root cause of their psychological problems before attempting to inspire them.

Fear of failure is another thing that greatly hinders empowerment .Even with all the right tools and inspired ideas, some people are reluctant to try out new things because of fear.

Nevertheless, there are some that rise above these challenges and emerged victorious and empowered.

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The Empowerment Process

This process will be different for every single person depending on their circumstances. There are people who may just need to find the right kind of inspiration in order to get started on living their lives.

For example, people who lack empowerment due to lack of fear may simply need to overcome this in order to move on. However, abuse takes time.

A person may need counseling and a good support system in order to be empowered. Losing your self-worth is something serious. Trying to rebuild may take time. Poverty may also need a different empowerment process.

It may have to be eradicated before the process begins. In other cases, one may need to change their mindset in order to overcome the poverty.

In addition, this process will only start after the creation of awareness. There are some people who need to be inspired and empowered. However, they may not even realize this.

They are so used to their present situations that they have accepted this as the norm. For such people, they need to be informed about the available opportunities. They have to know that there is more to life than what they are currently experiencing.

In addition, they have to realize that they have the ability to achieve everything that they set their mind on.

There should also be efforts put in to help the people get over their frustrations. People who have lacked empowerment throughout their lives generally tend to be very frustrated.

To change this mindset takes time. Another feeling that they may be having is anger. They may blame someone else for their current predicament like in cases of.

In cases, of abuse, they do have some anger towards their abusers. This will definitely require a lot so as to get over it.

Everyone will need a good support system to be empowered. There are many types of such systems. Some may be financial while others may be emotional. Mentoring can also offer a good support system during the empowerment process.

However, all these are vital. However, nobody should ever despair just because they lack someone to support them. With the right inspirational ideas, anyone can be successful.

There are so many people who have managed to overcome adversity and live successful lives even if they had nobody to hold their hands through the whole process.

Participation is a key component of the empowerment process. It’s one thing to be full of inspirational ideas and quite a different thing to put these ideas into actions.

To be empowered, one must get over the fear of failure and instead take more risks. These risks are the ones that may bear fruits in the long run.

If you are trying to empower a group of people, you will have to ensure that they actively participate in the process. They have to overcome their self-confidence issues and try out new activities and ideas.

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Inspiring others can help you stay inspired while at the same time helping in the empowerment of others.

Leading by Example

You can inspire people by simply living an inspired life. You don’t have to flaunt your successes or try to get people to emulate you. People will naturally be inspired by simply observing you.

Your successes will make others want to learn from you. Remember people will be inspired by someone who is humble in his pursuits. You also have to be selfless.

Remember, you should never do something just so as to inspire others. You have to find something that you actually enjoy doing. This will also ensure that you are happy whether or not you actually manage to inspire people.

You are also more likely to be perseverant if at all you are doing something that you actually enjoy. If not, failure may easily discourage you. You should also be passionate about whatever you are doing. This is another way to ensure that you inspire others.

In leading by example, you also have to learn how to be consistent. Follow the path that you have taken and this will inspire others.

However, if you keep jumping from one side to another, people may lose their confidence in you. You can illustrate this through how you act or even the ideas that you share with others.

Learn How to Share

If you have the means, then share with as many people as possible. If you can be a motivational speaker, use this try and get good quorums and share your inspirational ideas. There are so many people who get inspired and end up changing their lives just by simply listening to someone.

However, you need a bidding platform in order to share your ideas. You can do this even with small groups of people.

Talk to people and let them learn from you. If you decide to really do this, commit your time and efforts and ensure that you reach as many people as possible. Keep aiming to reach even bigger groups of people.

You can also get to inspire people by joining a noble cause. This can be another way you can help inspire and empower others.

For instance, if you find a cause for helping poor people, you can offer them material support and also impact them morally.

Share your ideas with them and inspire them to overcome their present situation. You never know, you may actually end up inspiring people who may one day be detrimental in changing the world.

Mentorship

One way that you can help others to get inspired is through mentorship programs. If you excel in a certain area, you can help others learn the skills to help them excel.

For instance, if you are an established writer, you can help other upcoming writers. Share ideas and let them learn from you. This can also be a learning experience for you.

Some people managed to change History by sharing their ideas with others. They didn’t keep them to themselves. Sharing your knowledge may make a big difference in someone else’s life as well as yours.

You may have to open up to other people. You don’t just have to share your successes. Share your failures and other personal stories that people can relate to.

This will not only encourage them but also inspire them. Remember, mentoring isn’t just about you. You have to follow the progress of those you are mentoring. Listen to them and work with them.

Be Active

You can’t inspire people to do what you have been unable to do. For instance, you can’t inspire people to be rich if at all, you have not used your own ideas to be more successful.

There is a popular phrase “practice what you preach”. People will be more inspired by a person who has managed to be successful in the field that they are attempting to inspire others on.

Another example is that you can’t inspire artists if at all you aren’t one of them. They will doubt your ideas and may not really trust you.

Don’t Be Discriminating

You can’t be an inspiration to other people if at all you aren’t accepting to all.

Don’t discriminate against people based on gender, race, social status or any other factor that you may not like them. Learn to listen and talk to people without prejudging them.

To inspire others, learn to accept people from all walks of life.

Don’t Lose Hope

Sometimes, inspiring people may be very difficult. You may commit your time and effort in an individual only to fail later on. The person may disappoint you or be hesitant in listening to you.

However, no matter how discouraged you may be, you have to remain hopeful. Keep trying to be a positive influence on others.

With time, you will see the fruits of your labor. Remember, even if you only manage to empower two instead of fifty, this is still a very big accomplishment.

 

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What are some Notions about Creative Thinking?

What are your understanding and thoughts about creative thinking? People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all.

 

Creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results.

 

If you don’t practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy into inexistence. But keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.

 

You can train yourself for more creative thinking. Just start cultivating the right habits in your mind.

So how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is to become a human leech.

 

No, we’re not talking about just sucking the blood out of every living being available, we’re saying that you should take in as much knowledge and learn you can find.

 

Read everything available — good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe.

 

The more you know, the more you’ll want to know, and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your life.

 

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Focus on a creative activity daily.

 

Yes, it’s an effort. Even doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything hinder you.

 

Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting out to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that, “hey, what I’m doing is getting somewhere.” So why don’t you try it?

 

Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a point to write in it religiously.

 

Another cool idea is to write by describing something with your five senses.

 

Try to avoid vague adjectives like “marvelous,”amazing,” and “delicious.”

 

Before you know it, you’ll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you’ll be amazed at the growth you’ve undertaken after amassing all those works of art.

 

Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you do daily. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and you’ll be addicted to these creative exercises.

 

Think out of the box — or don’t. Sometimes, constraints are actually a good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It enables you to be more resourceful.

Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

Try something new and let your experiences broaden your perspective.

Explore a new district in your neighborhood.

Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you’ve never been before.

Chat up someone on the bus.

Open up to the people around you.

 

As you thrust yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life.

 

Think about it. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

If it’s been a while, I tell you, you’ve been missing out on a whole lot of experiences that could’ve added to your growth, emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually.

 

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Why don’t you try bungee jumping today? Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share, enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the life of the party.

 

Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting yourself into the mental ward.

As John Russell once said, “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.”

Exactly! Every creative thought was once deemed insanity by other “normal” people at one time or another.

 

Luckily, that didn’t stop the creative geniuses from standing by them. The thing is sanity or being normal confines people to think. Well, normally. Within limits.

 

Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers.

 

Yes, this includes the bizarre and the downright strange. I’m not saying that you yourself should develop a creative personality. That might go haywire.

 

An example of a creative personality would be George Washington, who often rode into battle naked, or James Joyce, who wrote “Dubliners” with beetle juice for an intense fear of ink.

Or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival or in thinking creatively, in this case, the term could probably be “arch nemesis.”

 

It’s important that your creativity doesn’t get you detached from the real world completely.

 

The Techniques of Creative Thinking

 

There are dozens of creative problem-solving techniques you can learn to use. “Concept-combination,” for example, will have you mixing roses and clocks to create the first alarm clock that wakes you up with a gentle release of fragrance.

 

Use the technique of “random-presentation” and a cell phone can give the idea to do your dictation with a pocket tape recorder while you walk, so you’ll have time for exercise and still get your work done.

 

Creative thinking goes beyond just solving specific problems or inventing new things. A truly creative mind is always coming up with the questions too, not just the solutions.

 

To be more creative all the time, focus on three things:

 

1. Challenge your assumptions.

What if a restaurant didn’t have employees? Customers could pay a machine as they enter, and feed themselves at a buffet.

If everything was as automated as possible, maybe one owner-operator could run a large restaurant alone.

Challenge everything. Do you have to go to work? Do pools need water? Is education always a good thing?

 

2. Change your perspective.

Imagining a dog’s thoughts about your busyness could give you a clue to the unnecessary things you do. Thinking dollars-per-day instead of per hour could give you the plan to let employees go home when they finish a certain quota.

Greater efficiency would be almost certain, and you could adjust daily pay and quotas so both you and employees made more money. Look at everything from several perspectives.

 

3. Let your ideas run wild.

Flying furniture seems silly, but it may lead to the idea of a hover-lifter. Slide the device under furniture and it lifts with a cushion on the air, making for easy movement.

Don’t suppress your creativity. Relax, let ideas come, and know that you can always discard them later.

 

For these techniques to be a habitual part of your thinking, use them regularly.

 

Since it takes several weeks to develop a habit, remind yourself to use them each day.

 

Try writing a few of your favorite techniques on a card and carry it with you. Pull it out throughout the day and apply the techniques to anything.

 

Soon, more creative thinking will be a normal part of your life.

 

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 7 Blocks to Creative Thinking and How to Solve Them

 

Each of us has the power to be creative. It’s part of our natural make-up as human beings.

The trouble is that, too often, we block our natural creativity and so make errors in thinking and give ourselves more problems than we should.

 

Here are 7 ways to open up your natural creativity and keep the channels unblocked.

 

1. Don’t Make Assumptions.

When we assume, we often make an “ass” out of “u” and “me“. Assumptions are examples of lazy thinking. We simply don’t wait to get all the information we need to come to the right conclusions.

 

There is the story of the customer at the bank who after cashing a check and turning to leave, returns and says: “Excuse me, I think you made a mistake.”

 

The cashier responds, “I’m sorry but there’s nothing I can do. You should have counted it. Once you walk away we are no longer responsible.”

 

Whereupon the customer replies: “Well, okay. Thanks for the extra $20.”

 

Tip: When you feel yourself wanting to draw conclusions, just wait until you have all the information.

 

2. See Things From Other Points Of View.

A true open mind is willing to accept that, not only do other people have just as valid points of view from theirs but that these other points of view may be more valid.

A story is told that the modernist painter Pablo Picasso was once traveling on a train across Spain when he got into a conversation with a rich businessman who was dismissive of modern art.

 

As evidence that modern art didn’t properly represent reality, he took out a photo of his wife from his wallet and said: “This is how my wife should look, not in some silly stylized representation.”

 

Picasso took the photo, studied it for a few moments and asked: “This is your wife?” The businessman proudly nodded. “She’s very small,” observed Picasso wryly.

 

Tip: Don’t have a monopoly on how things are. Things aren’t always what they seem. Be ready to consider other points of view.

 

3. Avoid Yo-Yo Thinking.

Some people tend to have a tendency to swing from a highly positive mood one minute to a highly negative one the next, all because of what they see in front of them.

 

It’s like a yo-yo: up one minute, down the next. It’s far more healthy to stay neutral and not let emotions get the better of you.

 

Tip: Remember that things are rarely as good – or as bad – as you think they are.

 

4. Get Rid Of Lazy Thinking Habits.

Habit can be a major stumbling block to clear thinking and another example of laziness.

 

Try this experiment. Write down the Scottish surnames Macdonald, Macpherson, and MacDougall and ask someone to pronounce them. Now follow these with the word Machinery and see what happens.

 

Most people are likely to mispronounce it. This is because we tend to think in habitual ways and don’t like what doesn’t fit.

 

Tip: Don’t think that, just because things happened in a certain way once before, that they will happen like that again.

 

5. Don’t Think Like An Old Person, Think Like A Child.

Research shows that the number of synapses, or connections, in the brain is greater in a child of two than in an average adult. The reason for this is that, while a child of two has no limiting world view, as adults they do.

 

It’s like a sculptor who starts off with a large block of clay, more than he needs, and then gradually removes the clay as he molds his sculpture.

If you use our brain like a child, accepting everything without judgment, you can actually halt and reverse the brain’s aging process.

 

Tip: Don’t worry about the myth of age. With the right stimulus and a passion for learning, you can actually improve your brain power.

 

6. See The Detail As Well As The Big Picture.

You may know the poem by John Godfrey Saxe called “The Blind Men and the Elephant”. This tells how six blind men of Hindustan go to see an elephant and each tries to work out what it is from touching it.

 

One blind man touches the tusk, another, the trunk, another, the tail, and so on. Of course, not being able to see the whole elephant, they come to wildly different conclusions.

 

Tip: Try to keep the big picture in front of you while looking at details. It will help to put everything in its proper place and context.

 

7. Think For Yourself.

Taking time out to think is still frowned on in many organizations that prize activity over creativity. People who work in creativity-constrained organizations are likely to think the way they are supposed to think, or as others think, or as has always been the way to think.

 

It’s like the blinkered thinking that Hans Christian Anderson describes in his story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

 

Everyone in the land refuses to see that the emperor is naked and has been duped into believing he is wearing a splendid costume for his coronation.

 

Only a young boy who has been ill and not part of the cultural brainwashing can see the truth and cries out: “Look, everyone, the Emperor is wearing no clothes!

 

Tip: Don’t let others tell you how to think. When others ask your opinion, tell it to them straight.

 

Once you make these 7 techniques part of your habitual thinking patterns, you will amaze yourself with how easy it is to come up with fresh, innovative and creative solutions to all of the life’s problems.

 

I hope this article has inspired you to start thinking beyond your “limits.”

 

If you follow these steps pretty soon you’ll be living a life full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking will bring about a new zest for living life.

 

 

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7 Creative Thinking Tips in Problem Solving

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem and that problem leads to a dead end?

How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads.  No options.  No solutions.

 

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable?

 

When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

 

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light.

 

And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

 

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

 

Also, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Like what they say, there are many ways to skin a cat.

 

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Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

 

Creative thinking is a potential we are all born with. If you don’t use that ability, it is probably because you don’t know and apply the simple principles for developing it. And there’s a remedy for that.

 

The two basic principles of creative thinking are:

1. There are methods and techniques of creative thinking.

2. Making these methods and techniques a part of your mental habits will make creative thinking easy and automatic.

 

For example, an entrepreneur sees the potential profit in a situation, because his mind is trained for that. A lawyer sees the potential problems because that is how his mind is trained.

 

How we repeatedly think becomes a habit, and that is how you train a mind. Learn the techniques of creative thinking, use them until they become a habit, and creative thinking will be as natural for you.

 

 

How to be a Creative Problem Solver in 5 Easy Steps

 

Your brain can improve with age as long as you use it! The great thing about pursuing creative endeavors is that it keeps your mind from thinking negative, unproductive thoughts.

 

Keep in mind that all five of these steps are unique to you. You may come back to a step several times through the creative process. You may even get a flash of insight anywhere along the process. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

 

1. Gather Information

 

It’s important to have plenty of information about your “problem” or project.

Be resourceful in looking for information and remember that your thinking process is very visual.

 

Have you been to a library recently and flipped through a few books? When you look on the Internet, look at the pictures as well as the content.

Look in areas you may think are unrelated. Take a few notes but don’t be compulsive about it.

 

Evaluate your project. What is your desired outcome? Who else is involved and what might they want? What do you want to learn from this experience?

 

Don’t forget to speak with other people, people in your same field and outside of it. Ask them open-ended questions (such as “What do you think about….?” “What would you do if…?”)

 

Now it’s time to let it simmer and incubate. Give all this information to your subconscious and go do something else.

 

2. Be Active

 

Your brain represents only about 2% of your body’s weight, yet it utilizes about 20% of the body’s oxygen! You really have to feed your brain for it to work properly. This means physical activity.

 

Do something simple, it doesn’t have to be a specific exercise regimen. Go for a walk. Wash your car. Ride a bike. Take some dance lessons. Have fun!

 

Let your mind wander and allow your project or problem to be in the background. Your brain is working on it while you do other things.

 

3. Change Perspective

 

Look at your project from many different views. What do you see or what do you think you see?

 

How to see your project in a new light? Ask yourself how it would look if you were an astronaut, or an 8-year-old or had all the money in the world, or had none.

 

How do the other people involved see it? Compare your project to something completely unrelated. What’s the same about your project and your shoe, your dog, or the idea of tomorrow?

These are all exercises in contrast and juxtaposition that are great for fostering creativity,

 

We know that “thinking” is visual and symbolic, draw diagrams. Get some large pieces of paper (larger than 8.5×11). Put a circle in the middle and label that as your “problem”.

As your problem dictates, create other shapes as the different aspects of your problem. How are they attached to that original circle?

 

After engaging in this activity, you will definitely see things you did not see before. By now you should be able to clearly make a few statements defining the problem. Write those down.

Perhaps you have divided your problem into sections and can address each section separately.

 

4. Brainstorming

 

You have heard of brainstorming. Have you ever really done it? Really generating lots of ideas?

This activity is better than collaboration. Getting more willing participants involved creates even more ideas.

Notice again, it says, willing participants. This does not work with people who are close-minded.

 

Review the problem, clarify the goal. Set a time period and start writing as fast as possible. Three keys to effective brainstorming are speed, quantity, and non-judgment.

Your goal should be 30-40 ideas, even a hundred ideas depending on your project.

Out of those, you will get some really good ones and a lot of bad ones. Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb on the first try.

 

5. Analysis

 

You now have a lot of ideas to work with. Here is the time for conscious analysis.

Review and categorize your ideas. Throw out the ones that really don’t work, but not until you take a close look at them.

You are being analytical, refrain from being too judgmental. You may have found the solutions to completely unrelated problems!

 

Anywhere in this process, you might find the perfect idea. Or, you may have to go through these steps several times.

People that are very creative have the habit of engaging in creative mental processes. You can develop this habit, too. It’s simply a way of thinking.

 

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Solve Problems Creatively

Maybe you’ve heard of problem-solving techniques such as “attributes listing,” and “concept combination.”

 

More creative thinking doesn’t come from just knowing these techniques. You have to use them until they become a part of your habitual thinking process.

 

Imagine you want to invent a new bicycle. If you’ve trained your mind in “assumption challenging,” you’ll automatically begin to ask things like, “Are wheels necessary?” “Does it have to go outside?”

What if the “bike” was indoors and pedaling it ran a video screen? You could “steer” through endless different scenes.

 

You won’t always have great ideas, but you’ll have enough ideas to make it more likely that you’ll find a useful one.

This “spontaneous” creativity will be because of your brain training exercise. Why not start developing those habits of creative thinking?

 

There you go, now let’s go back to the 7 creative thinking tips in problem-solving.

 

Problem Solving through Creative Thinking

 

1) Take a hard look at what the problem is.

Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem.

 

If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

 

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are.

 

Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

 

2) Take note of all of the limited and assumptions about the problem.

Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions.

Identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

 

3) Try to solve the problem by parts.

Solve it from general view towards more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach.

 

Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them.

 

The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

 

4) Keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head.

When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work.

Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

 

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5) There may be more than just one solution being developed at one time.

Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments.

Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

 

6) Remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.”

That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas.

You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has.

This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

 

7) Be patient.

As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

 

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center.

Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind.

 

This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you cannot solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face.

All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.