The below article has been contributed by Swati Chauhan, who runs a popular motivational blog, The Eureka Life. The article was originally published here and is republished with the author’s permission.
There are only four words to describe highest level of human performance: Genius, Invention, Talent and Creativity.
When we are engaged in the act of being creative, we feel we are performing at the peak of our abilities. Creative works give us insight and enrich our lives. (Davis G.A & Scott J.A1971).
Few years back, my idea of creativity was restricted to the artisans and painters. Over the years as I grew, I realized that this unique talent is required in almost every field of life if you wish to stand out from the crowd.
Be it the school project, a high school presentation, a sales pitch, figuring out a puzzle, or preparing your favorite dish, it is creativity that adds the sparkle to your otherwise mundane jobs and makes people look up and notice. No wonder jobs that do not involve creativity are increasingly getting automated and moving to lower wage countries.
1. Accept your creative instincts:
2. De stress, day dream and wander:
Once you accept that half the work is done because your mental blocks against your own uplifting have been removed. The next important step in this journey is to de-stress and free your mind to make room for incubation of new ideas.
The perfect creativity inducing breaks are the ones that engage you without mentally exhausting you from the activity. Sit back, Relax, go for a long walk, meditate, enjoy a catnap, take a hot shower, exercise just let your mind wander. Research suggests that happy and positive mind set spurs creativity.
3. Bring in change:
Be it your morning routine, your office work or your evening workout, incorporate a fresh perspective of doing things, devise your own new ways of executing your daily routine. It is also a great way for not getting stuck in old habits and learning more effective ways of doing things.
Have you ever wondered why we close our eyes when in deep thoughts or trying to figure out a problem? It’s because we tend to turn inwardly to find a solution or an answer in the form of an insight. But the pre-requisite to have an original insight and experience the eureka moment, is to practise our thoughts in a distraction free environment.
A lot of creative urges are suppressed by the intelligent mind that labels your own ideas and thoughts stupid even before you could reflect on them. It is therefore important to get into an “unlearning mode” where for some time you pretend to yourself that you don’t know and every activity and every task you take up now is a fresh start and your first attempt much like a toddler exploring things with a fresh view.
6. If you don’t ask the answer is always NO:
So go ahead….ask as many questions you can think of, stop fearing it will make you look silly, and even if you feel awkward enjoy being curious!
7.Think Multi-directional :
It is important to give up on your linear line of thoughts and start thinking in every direction or horizon possible. This can help you come up with a lot of new, original and innovative alternative methods to same problems.
Focus on how it makes you feel. Go through your life a little more aware and open to your surroundings, the events that happen, the objects you encounter, the people you meet and try to remember how they make you feel. Fill your box of feelings with as many emotions, likes, dislikes, and experiences you can.
9. Set the stage to put on the creative cap:
Even the most ‘Eureka Moments’ come from extensive planning.
Otto Loewi came to be known as the “Father of Neuroscience” after he discovered that nerve impulses were transmitted chemically, not electronically… all thanks to a dream.
But the fact is ,he had been working on this problem every waking hour for the last 15 years.
Like any other habit, the practise of being creative involves preparation, planning and execution.
10. Creativity is not about creation:
One of the greatest myths about creativity is that it is about creating, discovering or inventing something new and unique but in reality that’s just one aspect of it. For a lot of people, creativity means improvement on something existing. It’s about creating new, better and efficient ways of doing the same things that have been done earlier. It’s about creating a better system to run your life, an organization , a country or the world.
11. In the end, don’t look for an end:
The essence of Creativity lies in the creative process and is not dependent on delivering a final product (it’s not a manufacturing line)…..so don’t go around looking for one! The greatest achievements of experiencing a creative surge is the joy of doing things in a better way and improving your life through your own efforts.
What are some of the things that spark your own creativity? Do join the conversation…