I’m usually told that I’m a creative person which is then followed up with a self limiting comment.
I've heard things like, “I wish I was creative.”
“I wish I could come up with stuff like that.”
Or even more alarming, I’ve heard too many times, “I’m not creative at all.”
The truth of the matter is that we all are creative. We all have creative faculties in our brains. Some people just use it more than others. It’s just like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. No matter your profession or passion, working out your creative muscles can bring some extra flavor to your projects — let alone life. So how exactly do you workout your creative muscles? Here’s 3 quick tips to cultivate your creativity:
Creativity Workout Plan
1. Ask yourself better questions
A good way to open the door to creativity is to ask yourself a better question. When tackling a project or working in the arts, make it a practice to ask yourself, how can I do this differently? The important part behind this question and other questions you ask yourself is that you have to be fully expecting an answer. If you’re not open to an answer, you’re just asking to be asking, you will not get any flashes of inspiration. Rather, it would seem more probable to you to follow the social norm by the letter.
Asking with expectancy get’s your subconscious mind working. It’s now searching for different possibilities. Once it finds something worth attempting, it sends it to your conscious mind. That’s the flashes of ideas we all have experienced different times in our lives. That ah-ha moment that leads you to attack the project in a way never attempted by you before.
2. Be as curious as a child
We all sometimes get to the point of feeling that we know how mostly everything in our field of expertise work. By this point, we go about completing tasks in a certain way, every time. It’s a habit. But to breath some life into your projects, start making it a daily practice of looking at things you see as a child would look. Be curious as in wonder to yourself, “If I were to do it this way, what would I get?” Mix and match different things together that you wouldn’t normally do and see if you can get it all to work together. You have the knowledge in your field of study, you’ve practiced over and over how to conventionally do your task, now use everything you’ve learned to mix things up and then cohesively make the new solutions fit. This is being childlike with a purpose.
3. Practice being in the flow
Many times while working on a project we tend to get distracted from the task at hand(plenty of times we distract ourselves). Make a better effort in focussing solely on your project. Whether it’s painting, photography, music, or an architecture drawing; when you are working on your project, make it the only thing you do. Putting all your energy and attention into whatever you’re doing puts you in a highly effective, meditative state which some calls being in the flow. While in this state you’re brain is turning down all the other noise and chatter going on in your head and is exclusively pulling in all information pertaining to the task at hand. This is the time when you’re more comfortable to experiment; doing what feels right, feels good. Your in a better position for a creative synthesis when working in the flow.
Making It All A Daily Regiment
Make it a goal to be curious about the objects you see everyday, as many as possible. Think up other ways an object could be used, even if it’s ridiculous. The goal is to get your creative juices flowing not to be proper or practical in your mental creations.
Try something new. Whether it’s picking up an instrument or writing a short story, doing something new will demand the attention of your mind. Without being self conscience of the quality of your efforts, just create something. Kids are great at this. When they draw a picture for you, they are not worrying if the color is perfectly in the lines. They are just having fun putting on paper roughly what’s in their mind. Take a note from them and just freely express what’s inside.
In time you will have built some creative muscles and looking at everything with a new set of eyes.