Do you consider yourself creative? Most of us don’t feel we are or, at least, we're not as creative as we'd like to be. The good news is, we have what it takes to be creative. Maybe not on the scale as Thomas Edison, but not many people can ever reach that level.
Creativity is defined as when something new or valuable is formed. With that understanding, there is a host of possibilities for everyone to be creativity.
The first thing is to get rid of the belief that creative people are born that way. Do not believe the old saying, "You either have it, or you don't." However, how we were raised might have something to do with it, but that’s only part of the story.
No matter how we were brought up, once we reach early adulthood, our life is now mostly in our own hands and what we become is up to us. Therefore, if we want to be more creative, consider the following tips.
The mind is like any other muscle: the more we use it, the stronger it gets and, therefore, the more we are able to use it. The best way to get great ideas is to come up with lots of ideas and throw all but the best ones away.
When developing a program for people involvement and cost reduction, we stressed increasing idea failure rates. Important to success was not to fear failure but to brainstorming as many ideas as possible. Who cares if only 10% of the ideas are worth pursuing? That 10% can result in significant value.
It is important to realize that creativity is deadened by routine and stimulated by doing things a little differently. In fact, creativity is simply doing something differently. So, disturb your routines to observe what happens. It can be very enlightening. Try something as mundane as taking a different route to work. The varied sights and sounds can be a stimulate to stir our creative juices.
Also, seek out others whom you consider creative, and spend time with them. Being around people we know to be more creative, presents opportunity to experience how they think and act. Then, adapt their techniques as applicable. It’s the same concept for weekend golfers. If wanting to improve our golf game, play with better golfers. This can improve our scores by 10 strokes without taking one golf-pro lesson.
Remember that creativity can be manifested in just about every activity under the sun. You can bring creativity into your life no matter what your life is like.
To revise something that Thomas Edison said about genius, creativity is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. This means that creative must be accomplished more by perseverance and focused work. So, while most of our conditions require loosening of control and openness to our inner self, the last and most important is our wiliness to put what we discover into action.
Bottom line, if we want to be more creative, all we have to do is increase our idea failure rate. We don’t have to hit a home run every time we come to bat. Babe Ruth only hit one out in 11.6% of his plate appearances. No reason we can’t do just as well with our ability to create ideas.
Think about it…