What is the first image that comes to your mind when you think about creativity?
Close your eyes for a second and visualize it.
Before reading further, leave a comment below with what you envisioned. Did you picture a work of art? Did you picture yourself cooking or dancing or perhaps working on a railway infrastructure project?
Yup. You guessed it. There is no right answer. And you don’t have to necessarily be an artist to be a creative thinker.
You can be creative in engineering, cooking, teaching, running a business, or cinematography. You name it. Creativity is thinking out of the box, problem-solving, novelty-seeking. It opens the door to new possibilities, and it’s the only thing that robots can’t do.
We all know that being creative comes naturally to a child, right?
So do we lose our creativity for good as we age? The answer is No. However, it does fade away if we stop stimulating it.
Because you see, creativity is not something you’re given or not, creativity is a skill you can develop and improve.
Adopting the herd mentality, driven by the fear of being rejected, going along with standardized rules and inflexible procedures instead of allowing creative problem-solving, the constant fear of making mistakes, being around toxic people…these will destroy creativity.
Instead, push yourself out of your comfort zone. Do it often.
Stop and think. Form your own opinions. Use your imagination. Change perspective. Look for new ways of doing things. Allow yourself to make mistakes along the way. Pay more attention to the present moment—question everything. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Learn to say No.
That’s all wonderful. But why stimulate creativity, you ask? I ask you, why not?
You may not even realize just how much you can benefit from training your creative mind. These are but a few examples:
Bringing an idea to life, putting energy into creating something from nothing will automatically give you a sense of accomplishment. Creativity adds meaning and purpose to life.
The creative process involves clearing the mind. It requires focus, and that will distract you from everything else.
Through your creation, whatever that may be, you become a storyteller. You communicate and connect, sometimes with others, sometimes with yourself.
Creativity drives evolution. When you put your creative brain to work, you live in the moment, so you observe, you gain perspective, and you become resourceful. You’ll soon see changes in your mindset and an improved work-life balance.
Now, let’s touch on the good and the bad about stimulating creativity. The good part is the more you use your creative mind, the stronger it gets, and the more it can develop. There is no bad part.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
~ Albert Einstein