Creative Notions

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able
to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all.
The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be
exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don’t
practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much
atrophy into inexistence. But keep working and this skill will soon
come to you in a snap.

So how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is
to become a human leech. No, we’re not talking about just sucking the
blood out of every living being available, we’re saying that you should
take in as much knowledge and learning you can find. Read everything
available — good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite
possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you’ll want
to know, and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare
to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your

Focus on a creative activity everyday. Yes, it’s an effort. Even
doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything hinder you.
Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just
starting out to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their
lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that,
“hey, what I’m doing is getting somewhere.” So why don’t you try it.
Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old
camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a
point to write in it religiously. Another cool idea is to write by
describing something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague
adjectives like “marvelous,” “amazing,” and “delicious.” Before you
know it, you’ll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you’ll be
amazed at the growth you’ve undertaken after amassing all those works
of art. Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you
do everyday. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and
you’ll be addicted to these creative exercises.

Think out of the box — or don’t. Sometimes, constraints are actually a
good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It
enables you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but
limitations enforce discipline.

Try something new everyday and let your experiences broaden your
perspective. Explore a new district in your neighborhood. Spend an
afternoon in a museum to which you’ve never been before. Chat up
someone on the bus. Open up to the people around you. As you thrust
yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of
adventure grows and so does your zest for life. Think about it. When
was the last time you did something for the first time? If it’s been a
while, I tell you, you’ve been missing out on a whole lot of
experiences that could’ve added to your growth, emotionally, mentally,
physically, or spiritually. Why don’t you try bungee jumping today? Not
only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share,
enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the
life of the party.

Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting
yourself into the mental ward. As John Russell once said, “Sanity
calms, but madness is more interesting.” Exactly! Every creative
thought was once deemed insanity by other “normal” people at one time
or another. Luckily, that didn’t stop the creative geniuses from
standing by them. The thing is, sanity or being normal confines people
to think… well, normally. Withink limits. Creativity is essentially
breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizzarre and the
downright strange. I’m not saying that you yourself should develop a
creative personality. That might go haywire. An example of a creative
personality would be George Washington, who often rode into battle
naked, or James Joyce, who wrote “Dubliners” with beetle juice for an
intense fear of ink, or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy
sent by his rival (or in thinking creatively in this case, the term
could probably be “archnemesis.”) It’s important that your creativity
doesn’t get you detached from the real world completely.

I hope this article has inspired you to start thinking beyond your
“limits.” If you follow these steps pretty soon you’ll be living a life
full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative
thinking  will bring about a new zest for living life.

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Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section.
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