Creativity is the art of being able to transform innovative and imaginative ideas into reality. 

Creativity involves two main processes. The first process involves the thought or thinking behind the creative idea, followed by the production of this thought.

 I have a good imagination; does this mean I’m creative?

The main difference between being creative and being imaginative is that a creative will bring their thoughts and ideas to life rather than just think about them.

 Some of the key characteristics of creativity involve being able to perceive the world in new, innovative ways, having the ability to find hidden connections between seemingly unrelated experiences or objects and the generation out of the box solutions.

 Natural gift or practiced skill?

 Creativity is often viewed as something you’re either born with or born without. The truth is, like playing the bongos on the beaches of South Africa, rendering a pool shed on Photoshop or sailing one of your four yachts down in Rye, creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced and developed.

 A recent study completed by Harvard, cited that creativity is 85% a learned skill. This means that all of us, even on our average days, have 85% creative potential.

The more you make creativity part of your daily life, the more it will grow.

So how do you make creativity a part of your daily life? 


10 things to help get the creativity outta ya.

 

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Contrary to popular opinion and constant reprimands from the school teacher for not paying attention, doodling actually can help your mind stay present and active during moments of mind drifting.

Some of the worlds greatest thinkers have been noted to jump start creativity by doodling including the late Steve Jobs and Henry Ford.

Doodling can enhance recall and activate unique neurological pathways, leading to new insights and cognitive breakthroughs.

So next time you’re stuck with on a creative project, idea or problem, just remember to get your pen out and whip out the doodle.


 

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When you take a step out of your comfort zone and learn something new for the first time, creativity will blossom. New emotions, senses and experiences are created when you find yourself outside of your comfort zone. Adventure and great success are rarely sighted in the zone of comfort, so next time you’re unsure about a new challenge or experience, just remember to push yourself and take the first step outta your comfort zone.


 

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Keeping your mind positive and stimulated is one of the major players in the journey for creativity royalty. With a bit of support, an open mind and some self-belief, you will be well on your way to unlocking your imagination and creating innovative thoughts and ideas.

Have you ever wondered how or why kids have such wild imagination?

How they constantly come up with all these crazy thoughts, ideas, characters and stories?

When you’re a youngster life is chill. You’re carefree, the opposite sex hang out on the other side of the yard and the biggest decision you have to make during the week is if you wanna rock the cheesy or the nuggets with your happy meal.

You see when you’re a kid, two of creativity’s biggest killers are yet to bust onto the scene. The killers I talk about are ‘fear of criticism’ and the ‘embarrassment of failure’

We all know the feeling of fear and embarrassment, but sometimes without great risk, you’ll never be able to reap great reward.

And at the end of the day, if you don’t back yourself, how will anyone else?


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Creating a harmonious, relaxed workspace or environment will help keep your focus balanced and mind at ease. Creativity is a process that could seconds, minutes, hours, days, years or lifetimes to achieve. Creating the right environment will hopefully play a big part in altering the process from lifetimes to seconds.

The workspace plays an enormous role in team morale and a relaxed environment.

Google is a great example of a business that has gone well out of its way to create a social and comfortable space for all their employees. Creating this space helps build morale and support, which therefore opens an avenue for employees to vocalize thoughts and ideas, no matter how off the planet they are.


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A great deal of limitation, stress and pressure can sometimes be built up and amplified in your own head. To relieve this stress and pressure sometimes you need to just put the pen down, take a step back and change your perspective.

Changing perspective and looking at new ways to approach old problems will help give you a fresh outlook on whatever problem are trying to solve.

Firstly, look at the problem you are trying to solve in as many angles as possible. Sourcing new inspiration and asking different questions in regards to the problem you’re trying to solve will give you the opportunity to see things differently.

Location can also help you change your perspective. Next time you are stuck, try changing locations. It might be a quiet space in the office, the coffee shop or even something as small as a stroll outside for some fresh air.

Changing locations is a great idea to break the writer, designer or director block and give you a fresh perspective on whatever issue that might be challenging you.


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Creating lists is one my favorite ways to build creativity, find connections between seemingly unrelated things and start the creativity process.

Word association and random spewing of whatever is in your brain onto the paper helps provoke thought and build connection between idea and insight.

The words, feelings, thoughts and objects that you put down on the paper might feel completely random, but it’s all about filtering through the rock before you can find the gold.


 

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Collaboration is key.

Sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus can make a throwaway line, thought or insight into a great idea. Collaborating can spark new trains of thought, provide alternate methods of execution and boost our motivation towards the project we are working on.


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Practicing openness reflects how much you are motivated to consider new ideas, concepts and experiences. A massive restriction to creativity comes when you resist new ideas, opinions and experiences. Resisting these things means you can only develop on what you already know, limiting innovation and discovering new ground.


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A tried, tested and trusted technique by is the ‘knocking over a few cold ones’ to get the creative juices flowing.

Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered that alcohol has it’s own way of influencing your creativity. So it’s scientifically proven!

Alcohol helps decrease your working memory, therefore making you feel relaxed and less worried about what’s going on around you. By reducing your ability to pay attention to distractions and the environment around you, alcohol can stimulate your brain to think more creatively and trek alternate paths that you might not usually take.

But remember drink responsibly 10 feet guys and girls. Beer pong only after 4:30 on a Friday.


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If there is one thing you should take away from this read, besides whipping out the doodle when you’re looking for a solution, it’s ‘Do more of what makes you happy’.

Experts say there’s a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. When you’re in a good mood, you’re able to open your mind, think broader and not feel weighed down or fixated on any individual stress or problem.

A clear mindset helps create positive flow and productivity, allowing you to enjoy not only your work but also your life.

 

Do more of what makes you happy. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff. Cheers.