Picasso’s said it well:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
You may not like Picasso as an artist, or as a person, or you may not even know who Picasso is, but you can’t disagree on this one.
Look at the kids around you, remember yourself when you were a child (ahhh… the good, old, carefree days…) and you’ll realize that space around is bursting (everywhere) with creativity.
So, what to hell has happened in the meantime?
Where did the creativity go?
The short answer – life happened.
In school, we were all taught to think in a specific way.
In life in general, things tend to be viewed as one of the two categories: things are either black or white, right or wrong, true or false.
No room for creative thinking or exploring other possible options in here!
The good news is, your creativity is not lost.
You’ve had it in you as a child, and you still do, it’s just waiting patiently for you to remember it and start using it again.
But, creativity is also like a muscle.
If you don’t use it, it will take some time to get in its form (but will continue to develop even further afterward).
So, how can you nurture creativity so you could receive all of its wonderful benefits?
Here are some ideas to get started with.
1. Go for a walk
Nothing’s better than a quick, short walk (or a longer one, if you have the time for it) to get some clarity.
A little fresh air (hopefully with a smell of the flowers 🙂 ) will clear out your head, and make the room for creative ideas to hop in, while at the same time your body moves, leaving you feeling refreshed from head to toes!
2. Be open minded
Stay open to any suggestions, to different approaches on various matters, and always ask yourself a question “is there another way/another solution?”.
Dismiss the prejudices and question everything!
3. Observe the things around you
And by that, I mean REALLY to observe.
How many times you’ve walked by something, your eye (and the brain) undoubtedly saw it, but if someone would ask you just a moment later what have you seen, you wouldn’t be able to tell.
If you constantly view the world around you in such a manner, you won’t get far with creativity.
So stop with it, and start being focused instead!
4. View it from a different angle
Now that you’ve got to really see the things around you, the next trick is to view them from a different perspective.
Everybody looks it from the left – you look it from the right (get my drift?)!
The more perspectives you can find (and absolutely don’t omit the quirky ones), the more creative ideas you will get.
Scribble, doodle, jot down, freewrite… call it whatever you like, but the thing is just to write.
Spontaneously, freely, without a goal or a defined path, without a defined topic or worries about correct punctuation or any other grammar horrors…
See where the journey will take you and what ideas will be born this way.
6. Learn from the kids
To the kids, a play is a play, the food is play, the bath is a play, learning is play… EVERYTHING is a play.
And through play, they discover and learn the vast wonders of the world around them, while at the same time are being creative.
Have we really became that stupid not to use the same approach (which, back then, we did ourselves) just because we have “grown up”?
7. Explore the possibilities and options
Explore what will happen if you change a component or do something differently.
Remember, there are no good/bad outcomes here. Just go with the flow and see where it will lead you.
You might be delighted and surprised by the results.
8. Be curious
Maybe the curiosity killed a cat, but a reasonable amount of it sure won’t you.
What’s more, it’s good to have a dose of curiosity and use it for whatever matter you’re into.
Expand the horizons.
Remember, there are no stupid questions, just the stupid answers.
9. Emerge in NOW
The only certainty is now.
Not the past, not the future, but now.
So, focus on this very moment and on the matter you’re into this very second.
Absorb it, feel it, become it.
Sounds super-weird, I know, but it could help you gain additional perspective on it.
Feel free to experiment and combine different materials, places, techniques when creating something worth your passion.
Make it a fun and enjoyable practice and consider doing it on a regular basis.
When it feels like you’ve drained all your inner creative capacities, and just don’t know what to do to get your creative juices flowing, it’s sure the time to turn to the people around you.
Discuss your thoughts, brainstorm, exchange and develop ideas, old or new.
Something inspiring is bound to be born this way.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
There’s nothing like reading a good book to expand your horizons, take a peek from a different point of view, and explore all sorts of various occurrences (even the some which you may never live out). This one surely brings creativity back in place!
And that’s it for now!
Hope you’ve found applicable at least some of the ideas above to get your creativity going!
No more creative time-outs!