Do you think you need to be a genius, highly intelligent or exceptionally talented to be creative?
Studies show that creativity is not dependent on intelligence and that we are all inherently creative. Each of us has the power to be more creative. It’s part of our natural make-up and the predominant way we think as children.
The reason we lose the skill as we grow up is because of the blocks we put in the way.
Think back to when you were a child. Do you remember when anything seemed possible? You could paint like Van Gogh, play soccer like Pele or sing like Madonna.
The trouble starts as you get older. You start doubting yourself, you begin listening to other people’s opinions and as a result you block your natural creativity.
You’re already capable of creative thinking, but to get out of the creativity rut you may be in, it’s important to remove the mental blocks that you’ve picked up along the way.
Here are 7 ways to unlock your natural creativity and get your creative juices flowing once again.
#1. Record Your Ideas
Get into the habit of recording your ideas whenever something comes to mind. Even if you think you will remember it, the chances are you won’t.
I have a great memory and can often recall things in vivid detail from years ago to the constant amazement of friends and family. But even I forget those amazing insights that suddenly strike when you are out walking or relaxing at home.
That’s why I now carry a small notepad with me wherever I go.
At other times I use my Iphone’s record feature or jot things down in a journal that I keep by my bedside. Choose whatever works best for you but make sure you record your ideas at all times.
You never know when an important idea will hit you.
#2. Don’t Set Limits
Following on from the above point, it’s very important that you capture all of your ideas, even those that may seem ridiculous or impossible based on your current circumstances.
Remember, what seems impossible today may not be impossible tomorrow or for someone else.
Your job is to write down the idea and then allow it to percolate in your subconscious mind so you can attract “how” to do it. Don’t worry about finding the “how” for that will come to you.
It could well be that you need additional expertise, resources, people or events to help you take your ideas forward so don’t limit your creative thinking before you’ve even started.
#3. Change The Scenery
Spending too much time indoors, doing the same thing over and over or hanging out with the same crowd can make us dull.
Re-energize yourself, feel happier and stimulate the creative process with a change of scene.
This might sound simple but visiting someplace new or different like a park, beach or mall can really foster new ideas and give you a creative spark.
I discovered this for myself just the other day when I met up with a friend in one of London’s most beautiful parks, Regent’s Park.
Although I only live a few miles away, I realized I hadn’t taken time out of my schedule to visit one of my favorite spots in ages.
I was instantly struck by the peace and natural beauty of the park and came home refreshed and brimming with ideas for a new creative project that I’m working on.
#4. Read Broadly
I’ve already written about the importance of following other great blogs for your business, but when it comes to being more creative, you must be willing to read broadly and go off-topic occasionally.
It’s amazing how totally unrelated subjects can promote creative thinking. Often, what is working in one area can be applied to another market or niche.
By training your brain to make connections it normally wouldn’t make, you can find inspiration in entirely unrelated topics. The message here is simple – broaden your reading in order to expand your mind and with it your creativity.
#5. Get Moving
Some of my best ideas have come to me while walking, running or working out in the gym.
Human beings are designed for movement and there’s nothing more creativity-zapping than sitting at a desk all day. This article in Newsweek reveals that short bursts of activity can increase your creative powers.
You can get inspired by any form of exercise – walking, dancing, mountain biking – and the resulting creative boost can last for at least two hours afterwards. Try it and see how you get on.
#6. Focus In Spurts
It may surprise you to learn that you don’t need a lot of time to come up with potential ideas.
In fact, creativity and brainstorming work best when they’re done in short spurts.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and focus solely on idea generation. This short time span will force you to come up with dozens of ideas to address a specific issue or challenge.
Be sure to capture anything that comes to mind throughout the rest of the day as mentioned in tip #1.
I hope you can see that just a small investment in time can help you be more creative. Who knows, maybe one of these ideas could grow into something tremendous that helps others?
#7. Think Bigger
What questions are you asking to prompt your ideas?
The bigger the question, the greater the impact you could have on the world so don’t limit your thinking.
I firmly believe that there is something that only you can do on this planet. You have a unique set of experiences, knowledge and talents that could be used to help other people on a grander scale.
Follow these #7 tips and you will soon be on your way to being more creative and generating ideas that have the potential to change the world. Don’t let your previous lack of creativity keep you from developing your creative thinking skills.
Here’s a great infographic from Copyblogger with some more ideas to help you become more creative.
Many great things have come from a simple idea.
Remember, the more creative you are, the more ideas you will be able to generate. You can be more creative even if you don’t think you are right now. The trick is to start.
Many of my clients were initially scared to set up an online business or even write a blog post. But after diving in they became more comfortable. They were willing to take a risk and make mistakes and as a result they now have a business they can be proud of and a whole host of new skills.
Being more creative and thinking up world-changing ideas is exactly the same. Everyone can be creative but you have to be willing to start. The creative process will then become more and more natural over time.
What About You?
What has helped you become more creative? How do you overcome your creativity blocks? Please comment and share below.