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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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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