Some people are naturally creative, while for others it can be a struggle to think of themselves that way. But the truth is, every person has the potential for creative thought within them. Sometimes all it takes is to learn how to ignite that spark!
The ability to think creatively is important in many aspects of life. Not only can it make life a lot more fun, it’s also essential in the world of business. It fuels innovation, enables better problem-solving, and is the force behind most of the world’s fastest-growing business ventures.
Whether you consider yourself creative or not, there are plenty of things you can do to nurture your inner creativity!
There’s a secret about creativity that a lot of people don’t talk about: IT’S CONTAGIOUS! The more you surround yourself with examples of creativity, the more you will feel inspired to nurture that part of your spirit.
So if you are searching for that spark, surround yourself with creativity. Visit art galleries, listen to music, take a class, go for a walk—whatever your interest, seek out examples of innovation and creativity to help inspire you.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. -Maya Angelou
Another way to catch that creative bug is to surround yourself with creative people. Creative people tend to see things in a slightly different way than the rest of us. They think outside the box.
Talk with them about their ideas, their projects, their passions. Go to lectures or talks given by creative people you admire. Listen to your kid’s playtime stories. Take inspiration wherever you find it!
Do you remember how easy it was to create a whole game from nothing when you were a kid? How you could keep yourself occupied for hours with little more than a stick, or an action figure, or a box of crayons?
Think back to those days. What creative things did you love to do? Try and recreate that experience for your adult self.
Let yourself get a little silly.
When you can start to quiet your inner critic—the judgement you’ve internalised as you’ve gotten older—it will help you access the creativity within.
Take some time to let your thoughts wander. Daydreaming without limits means letting yourself go beyond the realms of people’s opinions and perceptions, beyond what you think is feasible or not. Figuring out HOW can come later—this is about letting yourself dream big.
If this is challenging for you, try doing some meditation or guided visualisations. These can help get you to a place where your mind quiets down and you can start to hear that creative voice within you.
Creativity isn’t about having all the answers, it’s about creating something new.
Creativity isn’t structured, it’s flow. Learn to let go—and one of the easiest ways to do that is to let yourself play!
We’re all aware that play is an essential part of learning for children. It enables them to try out new situations and experiences in a safe environment, and helps them learn because they’re having fun. The same is true for adults.
The importance of play doesn’t go away when we grow up, it just changes a little. As adults, we might find that element of play in video games, in sports, or in cooking. The important thing is that you let yourself get into that state where you’re having fun and trying new things.
And if you have kids, play with them! It will benefit you as much as it does them.
You want to start thinking about what is possible, not what already exists. If you shift your mindset from looking at reality to looking at potential, you will start to see a lot of possibilities that you hadn’t considered before.
So challenge your perceptions. Ask yourself, is this obstacle real or is it just something that I’ve accepted? A hundred years ago, the idea of walking on the moon was unthinkable for almost everyone.
But those few who believed it was POSSIBLE? Those are the ones who made it REAL.
So what’s stopping you?