Many consider creativity to be an innate talent or aptitude. We see artists and authors receiving praises and good reviews of being so talented and creative, however, it can be easily fostered through several ways like many other things. Driving a car requires practice, so does surfing, painting, coding, and juggling. Creativity falls in the same category. The more you practice it, the more it will grow. It is more like a body muscle that needs to be stretched and challenged to push it out of its comfort zone. You do not have to rely on “good genes” to become creative, rather it requires a combination of mental and environmental methods to nurture and enhance our creative abilities. Here, we have 5 ways that can help you boost your creativity.
Learning from others and brainstorming ideas with more number of people makes you curious, thus, enhancing your creativity. You can become innovative and creative systematically. The best way to boost that creative side of yours is to learn by reading a lot or talking to experts. When you read or interact with experts, you get lots of information, and new ideas emerge. Thus, collaboration with others will indeed help you to improve your creative side.
Do something that makes you feel happy. Indulge in an activity that pleases you and lose yourself in the creative process. When you are involved in some activity you enjoy the most, you don’t realize how time passes and that is the best way to learn the most. Pick up a musical instrument like piano or guitar or focus on drawing/ painting a creative object or play a game of chess – a hobby can eliminate stress while improving your creative ability.
Make use of a powerful decision-making technique called “Six Thinking Hats” and explore the situation from different perspectives at the same time. Forget everything old and start over with this technique. Look at things through these six different hats such as focusing on the available data (white hat), analyzing negative outcomes (black hat), developing new creative solutions (green hat), and others.
If you sit for long hours, it affects your health and mood which in turn can kills your creativity. Research has confirmed that walking boosts creative ability. Famous entrepreneurs and business leaders have walking meetings that make them more creative. Exercising for a while can do wonders for you in helping those creative juice flowing and generating new innovative ideas.
The best-selling inspirational author Alan Cohen once wrote, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”Sometimes you need to unplug and not wrack your brain for the next idea. Too much information in the form of social media, internet articles, text messages, can put a stop to your creativity. You never know you might get an amazing idea while taking a shower, shopping, exercising, watching a sunset, or driving. So, just unplug, relax and let your mind wander.