“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley
Are you looking for new ways to solve problems or innovative strategies to approach difficult situations?
Increasing your creativity could be the answer. But don’t think boosting creativity is just for artists, poets or musicians. Discovering ways to increase creativity is for anyone looking to get out of a rut. It can also show the world the wonderful gifts you have to offer.
So, if you find yourself stuck with how to talk with your partner, or can’t decide what color to paint your kitchen, or if you are experiencing writer’s block, consider these 10 ways to increase your creativity.
1. Show off what you create.
Creativity can be stimulated by encouragement. If you are a painter, reveal your work. If you are a businessperson, share your latest Gantt chart or PowerPoint presentation. Showcase your best work to receive inspiring compliments. Allow this encouragement to give your creativity a boost.
2. Feed it.
Take in what makes you creative. Writers > read books or blogs; Musicians > listen to music; Salespeople > attend seminars; Parents > talk with other parents. Hook your creativity receptors to sources that will give it the best chance of being re-energized.
3. Celebrate your creativity.
What you pay attention to grows. If you need a shot of creativity then put a spotlight on it. Go back and look at something you built using your amazing creative talent. Honor it, brag about it and enjoy it.
4. Don’t expect perfection.
Being creative isn’t about being perfect; it’s about following your heart and being inspired by your vision. Creativity is about taking chances, pushing the envelope and being okay with making mistakes along the way. Creativity can’t be done perfectly; but it can be done with heart and soul – and there’s tremendous value in that.
5. Make lists.
Make your plan and work your plan. Often when the path has been defined, and you know where you are going, it’s easier to relax and let the creative juices flow. Make lists of the things you want to accomplish and the resources needed. Double-check these lists and then put them aside. Your lists may create the foundation; but your creativity creates the spirit.
6. Use paper and pencil.
Sometimes going “old school” can take you back to your roots – and back to your creativity. Close the laptop, put down the Smartphone and grab an old-fashioned Big Chief tablet along with a yellow #2 pencil and let your thoughts rip. Doodle, draw circles, or jot down notes. Your brain, and the creativity in it, will respond in amazing ways.
7. Carry an idea notebook.
Inspiration is not on a schedule. It can be found anyplace and at any time. Be ready with a small memo pad in your pocket to capture inspiration when it surprises you.
8. Work in your beautiful place.
Beauty is eye candy for the mind. Find your beautiful place and take in its sights, sounds and smells. Consider your favorite room, a garden or a warm coffee shop and plant yourself there to trigger a flow of newfound creativity.
9. Set a deadline.
Setting deadlines can have a positive effect on creativity. Rather than looking at deadlines as pressure, view them as opportunities to promote your work. Get charged up by considering how your project will be received. Set a reasonable deadline and then celebrate its completion by feeling good with what you created.
10. Don’t give up.
The temptation to quit is strongest the day before you realize your dream. Believe the achievement of your dream will make a difference. Use this fact as motivation when the doubt grows louder. Your purpose, your creativity, is uniquely yours. After all, you were created to make a difference like no else can.
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