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I know some people who would say the following about themselves, “I’m not a creative person.” I beg to differ. Many people equate creativity with people who are artists, dancers, designers, teachers, and so on. However, creativity is something that happens in all of our lives. Every. Single. Day. Not just for people who are those artists, dancers, designers, or whatever. As defined by Merriam-Webster, creativity is “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” If you say you are not creative, you’ve just applied a HUGE limiting belief to your mindset. There are opportunities to be creative in almost every decision you make, it’s just up to you to recognize these as they cross your path!
If you think you’re lacking in the creativity department, try some of these:
GO OUT AND LEARN SOMETHING!
Seriously. Learning sparks creativity. Go out and learn a new skill or try starting a new hobby. Try coding, build a blog, go to a lecture at a local college or museum, it doesn’t matter what you try, just pick something that lights up your brain for the time being. Maybe it will stick, or maybe it won’t, but it’s time that you’ve spent opening up your mind to something new or different. Walt Disney once said that “Ideas come from curiosity” and he was right. If you experienced something you liked, take that new experience and think about the ways you can implement those skills at work or help a loved one. Think creatively and find ways to keep new things happening in your life.
HANG OUT WITH THE CREATIVE TYPES
I’m not saying to find the most artistic person you can find ask them to teach you their ways. I’m saying surround yourself with the people who are living the type of life you want to live or people that you admire and respect. Maybe you don’t think you have any creative people in your circle of friends, but I bet you do. These are the people that are showing ambition in their lives, these are the people who are cooking fancy meals and posting them on Instagram, these are the people who are pooling resources for fundraisers and people who are seeing needs and finding ways to meet them. They say that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so you might want to choose them wisely. If you pick the right ones, they’ll inspire you. Think of creativity as something contagious – something you’ll eventually catch.
TURN OFF THE ELECTRONICS
Make it a goal to disconnect from your electronic devices for at least an hour a day for a week. During that hour, go observe nature, read a book, write in a journal, cook a great meal, and just try not to consume more information. In this busy world where we are always on call and on information overload, that time to disconnect is vital. Go sit in the park and people watch, create stories about the people who walk by, enjoy the ambiance of what’s around you – anything that allows you to observe the world around you with an open mind. Change what stimuli you are exposed to and see some new results.
Creativity is all around us! In nature, in our children, in our day-to-day life, we are surrounded by opportunities to observe creativity and to be creative ourselves. It’s just up to us to recognize them!
How can you increase your creativity today?