Creativity isn’t something to have by accident or to put your finger on. It is a rather a magic mix of talent, hard work and most of all persistence. In other words; creativity is basically what you gain after a reasonable amount of time spent on exploration, inquiry, and experimentation.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty.” —Osho
Now to be honest; we all hold that little envy against all those creative people who come up with those artsy brilliant ideas; we can’t stop wondering though what makes them who they are; yet for those of us who aspire to do the same, it is important to realize the keys or the pathway to creativity…
How to be creative?
1. Open up to the world
This is about staying opened up on new experiences, there are two kinds of people in this world; those who are afraid to do something new and those who are hungry for whatever is new for their souls—beware of the first type! There are few Factors though indispensable to openness…
- Cognitive ability (It is whatever that has to do with mental rotation, memory, and reasoning)
- Aesthetic engagement (the emotional absorption of whatever is artistic; fantastic)
Remember that Jim Carrey movie? ‘Yes Man’. Well… you’re gonna need some of the jimmy’s soul. Don’t inhibit yourself from exploring new things and driving yourself into new experiences.
This will help you discover and understand new perspectives on the life you wouldn’t probably find on a regular basis.
Creativity is some sort of force that only occurs when you detach your mind from all the strict logical limitations of our existence. To put it simply, creativity is not something that requires an enormous amount of brainpower or special timing; it just occurs when you least expect it.
So chill…take your cup of tea and never stress about coming up with an idea because it will just come on its own.
3. Welcome bad ideas
This is actually pretty important. Some people get a lot of ideas, but they never really take any of them to the next level and it’s because they think they’re just bad ideas.
You need to know there is no such thing as a bad idea. Every idea is susceptible to change; to development; to adjustment. So, whenever an idea pops up in your head, don’t shut it down! Take it to practice; study it closely and start to work on it even if you think it’s not good enough.
The process of working on an idea is a source of inspiration itself… No idea is perfect from the start.
4. Embrace chaos
Recent research done by a group of researches at the University of Minnesota has proven that chaotic environments like a messy room or unorganized desktop may actually have a better influence on your insight than traditional (organized) spaces.
I quote their words “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.”
5. Ask questions
Asking questions is the simplest, yet the best method of research. When you try to analyze it a bit; you’ll figure out that any creative idea you get is the only extraction from your own memory.
Meaning is… a load of information restored in your brain is the basic data to any sort of idea you’re willing to work on. So don’t hesitate to ask questions and to dig after information and tips all the time; it’s your memory fuel.
Also, don’t neglect the fact that when making connections between ideas, you’ll be more creative naturally.
‘To observe’ does not mean at all ‘to see’. It is to look in the deep sensations and meanings or whatever it is you’re seeing. The process of observation allows you to own the spirit of the doer.
It will help you acquire more vision, more understanding of the world and definitely more wisdom.
7. Keep it simple
Believe it or not; simplicity is the ultimate form of complexity. You need to know that the most successful inventions of all time started with simple ideas. Don’t try to complicate yours in order to make it more interesting or original because it will only ruin it. Keep it simple and clear; it’s easier to handle and definitely easier to develop.
8. Make connections
This is, of course, relative to your personality; some people are introvert and they get most creative when alone. However, we should not underestimate the importance of social life—Not any social life though!
You need to surround yourself with creative people who are as motivated as you are. It’s very inspirational, funny and extremely helpful.
9. Face your fears
Don’t ever be scared of failure. Nobody makes it at first shot. Keep in mind that we are here to learn; to stumble; to take second chances, to stumble again and then eventually success.
Who cares if you fail a million times as long as you believe in yourself! Don’t let your fears hold you down from making something great; fear is just in your head… Get over it.
10. Push it!
Don’t give up no matter what the circumstances are, giving up is actually the worst part of it all… A lot of people start working on really great projects but they just give up on them soon as they start to lose faith in their ideas.
Don’t lose faith in yours, if you don’t like it, try to look it from a different angle, give it another try; ask someone for help but don’t give up on it. You have to be persistent. Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.
There are going to be a million obstacles on your way; don’t let any inhibit you from doing what you’re doing. You have to focus on your idea and avoid any kinds of distractions.