Creativity is often underestimated.
People think they don’t necessarily need to unleash it and to work on increasing it, but it often turns out to be the one ingredient that leads to success in many areas in life.
Being creative helps you exceed at work, it’s the foundation of starting your own business or something on the side, it’s what boosts productivity, innovation, business growth, lets you have fun while working or studying, memorize better and ultimately see progress in the field you desire.
That’s why it’s worth doing something to unleash the creative genius inside. We all have potential and powers deep within, but it’s our job to let them out and work hard and smart on what we believe in.
Whether you’re a student trying to get better grades and improve your focus and memory, an employee looking for a promotion, an artist waiting for inspiration to come, or a business owner seeking ways to land new clients or come up with an idea for a new product, you can benefit from boosting your creativity.
Here are some practical and easy ways to do that:
1. Gather information and combine it in unusual ways.
According to Steve Jobs, ‘creativity is just connecting things.’
If you think about it, every great invention, work of art, new piece of technology, and any product or service people love, is something ordinary offered in a unique way, or combined with something else in order to be simpler to use or to save time or money to the potential customer.
There’s a lot you already know – your experience, opinion, everything you’ve read and heard of, the stories of those around you, etc. Gather information, categorize it and try to combine it in seemingly impossible ways. You’ll be amazed at the result.
2. Be curious.
Creativity comes with new experiences as they help you grow, learn and look at things from another point of view.
Be it traveling, meeting new people and talking to them, spending time in a different environment, reflecting on the existential questions in life, working on a completely new project at work, or else.
Get out of your comfort zone. You’ll come up with so many new ideas, both for your business and personal life, and will be eager to give some of them a try.
3. Learn a new skill.
If you’ve always been doing the same things, you can’t think of innovative ways to do anything exciting. You’ll be stuck in your current lifestyle forever if you don’t try something completely new, that will challenge you but also help you grow.
The best way is to learn a skill in a different niche from yours.
If you’re a freelance writer, take up a photography course.
If you’re a creative with your own business, excel in accounting and learn more about finance by getting POA tuition.
If you’ve always been dealing with sports, why not try coding or web design and try to build a business on the side once you get better at it?
The possibilities are countless. Put in some work, dedicate the time and effort needed, and you’ll not only unleash the creativity within but will experience many beautiful changes in your lifestyle.
What’s more, after some time you yourself may start teaching beginners the same thing by registering to become a tutor and finding tuition assignments.
4. Write it out.
Take a pen and a piece of paper, let go of any random thoughts, and just let your creative juices flow.
Write down anything that comes to mind for a particular problem you’re facing at work, a personal decision you need to take, or else.
You’ll be surprised at the number of ideas you’ll come up with in no time.
The important thing is not to have any doubts, fears, expectations or judgmental thoughts as these block our creativity. Instead, put in writing any crazy idea that comes to mind. You’ll think it through later.
5. Look for daily sources of inspiration.
Inspiration can become a constant state, an attitude towards life if you give that approach a try.
Turn it into a habit by finding one source of inspiration daily for a start. It can be listening to music, journaling your thoughts, spending some time with kids, remembering your past accomplishments, saying positive affirmations before you go out, a walk in the nature, a nice movie, the solitude and peace around you when drinking your coffee in the morning, the opportunities that come your way every single day, etc.
Life can become one creative adventure if you let it. Just give these simple ways of boosting creativity a try today and enjoy the benefits.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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