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5 strategies that you can implement that will make you a creative person

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Do you know that your ability to be creative will be your most prized asset in the 21st Century? We are moving from the technological age to a conceptual age people! All of our jobs will be based on your creative skills as most of our tasks are being automated at an alarming rate. We are most certainly are going to lose ALL blue-collar jobs and lower-level white-collar jobs to automation. Hence, to stay relevant for the sake of your future, you need to make sure that you need to make creativity as a priority in your skillset inventory.

Having said that, do you know that creativity has elements of it that our conscious minds can’t even know? It is said that when you partake in a creative activity, you are bringing forth the essence of something that is divine into the world. Have you ever were doing a mundane task such as brushing your teeth or taking a bathroom break and suddenly a brilliant idea seems to appear into your head? Well, that’s your creative juices flowing! You can browse through r/showerthoughts and see what people come up with in their showers. Thoughts come from a place in your head where you are not consciously aware. They are weird in that way: we don’t know where they come from at all!

Key Takeaways
As we enter into an era where creativity is the most prized asset, it is necessary for us to sharpen our minds so that we can master creativity for ourselves.

Creativity has 3 main components:
1) Expertise
2) Creative Thinking Skills
3) Motivation

If you want to be more creative, here are some strategies that you can implement to be a more creative person.
1) Spend Time Practising Your Craft
2) Always Be Hungry For Knwoledge
3) Practise Thinking Outside The Box
4) Be Mentally Flexible
5) Pursue Curiosity, Not Passion

APPROACHING BEING CREATIVE

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Throughout the self-help and psychology literature, people have gathered insights on how our mind works and what kind of steps we can take to boost creativity effectively and with ease. In today’s article, we are going to cover some of the basics of how we can approach creativity for our own benefits and what steps we can take to make sure that our creative skills are polished and ready for action on command.

Although you can’t literally control what, how and when the thoughts appear to you, you can train your brain to think in a way that more creatively that will trigger your thoughts effectively. Yes, with some practice and some effort, you can train your brain to give you creative thoughts. Through various studies, we have identified components that are associated with creativity. They can be broken down into 3 main areas:

EXPERTISE

Creative Expertise
First, if you want to build creativity, you need to increase your expertise in the said field. Let’s say that you want to be a successful filmmaker and want to make movies that leave people mind-blown. Before you can do that, you need to spend years acquiring knowledge in a given field that you want to be creative at. Let’s say you want to be a filmmaker who wants to blow minds. Before you can do that, you need to make sure that you are equipped with the skillsets that will allow you to do that. You need to learn how a story is being told, you need to learn how to shoot and edit footage, you need to learn how to direct a scene and so on. The process is important because it makes it easier for you to transfer the thoughts from your head onto the medium effectively and makes sure that no information is lost along the way.

CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS

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Once you have a foundation of skills in the domain that you want to be creative at, you need to look into ways on how to develop your creative thinking skills. What we are going for are divergent thinking skills. You can’t restrict creativity into just one place. It seems to bleed into everything. The tell-tale trait of creative people is that they tend to think laterally. Once you give them a piece of information, they will relate it every piece of information that they have like a wine crawling on a tree. Now, fortunately, there are practises that you can implement that will help you to help you think laterally and will take your creative thinking skills to the next level.

MOTIVATION TO BE CREATIVE

creative motivation

The final piece of the puzzle in the creativity puzzle is motivation. You need to be sure of what you want to achieve and how driven are you to achieve it. The best way you can plant creativity in yourself is to find intrinsic motivation. Contrary to extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation is when you find the source of your motivation within yourself, and not outside of yourself. You can know if you are intrinsically motivated if these criteria are met so feel free to follow along to see if you are intrinsically motivated:

What Drives Intrinsic Motivation:

Meaningfulness:
If you find yourself doing work that you feel is meaningful and will have a lasting impact on you and the world, then you are intrinsically motivated.
Choice:
If you are given the choice to make in any circumstances that will affect the final result, you will be intrinsically motivated as you are responsible for the outcome of your work.
Competence:
If you are competent enough and can execute your work effectively, you will be intrinsically motivated as you are constantly in the state of flow (read our article on flow here).
Progress:
If you find yourself moving forward in any endeavour that you are partaking in, you will be intrinsically motivated as that is as it symbolizes you going through growth.

CREATIVE STRATEGY #1: SPEND TIME PRACTISING YOUR DRAFT

creative practise

That’s right! Practise makes perfect! Before you can even enable yourself to be creative, you need to spend some time to practice on what you want to get good at. If you are an aspiring novelist that wants to write a book in the future, you need to spend some writing. Well, of course, your first pieces will not be good; And that’s fine! It’s all part of the learning curve. Experts say that you need about 10,000 hours of practice to be exceptionally excelling at a certain skill. So keep your head down and start working!

CREATIVE STRATEGY #2: ALWAYS BE HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE

creative knowledge
If you want to gain expertise, you need to train yourself to always be on the lookout for new information. Each and every piece of information that is out there is a tool that you can store into your arsenal and will aid you in becoming the best version of yourself in the future. Once you learned something new, you need to go out there and apply it practically so that you can get feedback from the outside world. The feedback legitimises creation as you are physically able to see it. This reinforces the thought in your brain that you are able to create things that are truly extraordinary. Remember, Repetition Legitimises!

CREATIVE STRATEGY #3:PRACTISE THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

creative thinking outside the box
One of the sure-fire ways to boost your lateral thinking skills is to implement reverse thinking when it  comes to solving a problem or coming up with ideas. Reverse thinking is the practice where instead of taking the logical, rational direction for your problems, you do the exact opposite! Try to solve problems in an unconventional way and come up with unconventional solutions.

There are many exercises that you can find online that are designed to help you to think outside the box but I am going to put here one of my favourite ones. You can follow along if you want. Open a note app or a text document and think of all possible ways that you can use a brick. See how many functions that you can come up with. If you can get more than 10, you are exceptionally creative and the best part, as you keep doing this exercise with any object of your choice, you will reach a point where your thoughts flow more seamlessly.

CREATIVE STRATEGY #4:BE MENTALLY FLEXIBLE

creative mental flexibility

Mental flexibility is the ability to relate knowledge to other subsets of knowledge with ease. Just like any other form of skill, you can train your brain to boost your mental flexibility. In a physical sense, how do you practise flexibility is by stretching past your comfort level, and the same seems to be true for your brain too. You need to find tasks in your life that makes you slightly uncomfortable and keep doing it till you become used to it. For example, like trying to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Try to learn a new skill that has nothing to do with what you know previously. Shake up your schedule for a day or two and go meet new people. Once you get used to the discomfort, and you are actively training it every day, you will notice yourself getting more mentally more mentally flexible and open to new ideas

CREATIVE STRATEGY #5: PURSUE CURIOSITY, NOT PASSION

creative curiosity
We all know well that being passionate about the things that you do is important but passion will not be there for you all the time. There will be days where you feel like not getting out of bed and passion will not drive you through them. Hence, passion is not a reliable source when it comes to pulling creativity out of the well. You can use discipline to help you but most of the times, you will find yourself not being able to get things done.

That’s where curiosity comes in. In the words of the author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has stated that you can’t be passionate every day, but you can be curious every day. If you follow your curiosity and see where it leads you, you will find that you will be motivated as the circuitry for curiosity is rooted deep within our psychology. Read more on how curiosity can be a great tool in marketing too here.

TO SUM IT UP

Being creative, like any other skills can be learned! Although there are parts of it that we have no control over, we can improve on the parts where we have control over. The key is consistency and once you have implemented these strategy specially pertaining to your skillset, you will notice that inspiration will hit you out of nowhere all the time. We hope that you found this article helpful! 

Do you have your own strategy that helps you to be more creative? Do let us know in the comment section down below. 

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Suthesh

Suthesh

Highly caffeinated human being .

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