Have you ever thought about how you can solve your problems with new ways and discover new methods to accomplish your goals?
Yes, creativity is a superpower that leads to new insights and new visions. And these new insights and visions result in the accomplishment of more goals and success.
I can’t do this!
Now you might complain that I am not creative and it’s related to genes and stuff like that but the reality is we all are creative. Now let me give you an example, you must have seen a child playing hundreds of times.
A child picks up any object and invents a new game out of it and in your childhood you also must have done the same.
The Connection between Strict Routines and Creativity
But something happened to you along the way and you started to believe that you are not creative.
Do you know the reason behind this?
The unlimited instructions we received from our parents and teachers are hugely responsible for limiting our creativity.
“You shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t do that”
“Your uniform must be proper, else you can’t go to school”
“Don’t play there, you will spoil your clothes”
“You will become a doctor or an engineer or you will spoil your life”
Moreover, the jobs that require you to do the same tasks every day reduce creativity. Same in the case of strict time tables as they can make you a limited thinker. No surprise you are not that creative like you used to be.
How to Become Creative
Now let’s come to the business of how to break this belief and become super creative!
You might think that avoiding all the restrictions is impossible but the reality is that you don’t have to. You just have to set aside some free time for yourself regularly when you can practice creativity.
For example, you can have one day per week on which you don’t impose any kind of restrictions on yourself. Don’t have any plans on that day, just let it flow.
Spending time in open spaces can also help you immensely to be more creative. Seaside, natural sights, gardens, etc. can restore your lost creativity. You can also try taking scheduled breaks while working so that you can unwind your mind for a while.
Some people spend a lot of time in solitude but they can’t get work out of their mind. And some even take work to bed with them.
Anxiety about what they will do the next day leads to the deterioration of their creativity.
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Right Brain and Left Brain
Our brains are divided into two hemispheres, the right hemisphere, and the left hemisphere. The right hemisphere is responsible for creativity and intuition while the left one is responsible for logic and reasoning.
Once you learn to train both the hemispheres to work together, you can enhance your creativity like no other.
The people who engage themselves only in tasks that train their left brains struggle with their creativity.
Some More Creative Thinking Tips
- No problem has only one solution.
- False beliefs are detrimental for your creativity for example if you believe that you won’t find a solution to your problem, it will be very hard for you to find one.
- Think limitlessly! Even if a solution seems unacceptable or silly, if you imagine that you’ve already implemented it, it can lead to new solutions that will be both logical and acceptable.
- Break free from the monotonous routine at least when you want to think about the solution.
- Discuss your problem with your friends as few ideas given by them can lead to the development of new ideas.
- Try new things, make it your habit to do things that you’ve never done before.
- Surround yourself with creative people, the more you do it, the better.
So how are you enhancing your creativity and putting it to use?
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