Creativity comes natural to some people, like artists. But it’s a process which YOU can master too. Also, you can manipulate your mental capability to become a creative genius. In the realm of entrepreneurship, there have been famous creative genius’s who’ve turned the simplest ideas into world renowned innovations. So how did they do it?
If you’ve ever wondered how somebody like Steve Jobs was able to be so ingeniously creative, I’ll show you how in this blog series about focusing your creative lens. And I’ll reveal the steps to learn so you can become a real creative genius.
Here’s how Steve Jobs described creativity:
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something
There’s a process you can use in order to “see something” as he put it. Part of this process is shedding light on all of the elements which make up a problem you’re trying to solve. So after you do that, and you’re now able to see all of those elements, you can begin the process of connecting them in a unique and appealing way.
Writer and actor John Cleese, a comedic creative genius from Monty Python explains what you must do to boost your creativity:
You have to create boundaries of space and then you have to create boundaries of time
This is called “restrictive creativity,” and it’s true. After you create boundaries and restrictions and impose a deadline, your creativity will soar.
I was recently prompted to restart my computer. But I didn’t want to close all of my internet browser tabs containing reference materials until I was sure I’d studied them all. So having this deadline, I scanned them all, and then ended up writing over 1000 words in less than 30 minutes. That’s just under my normal typing speed when I’m entering text directly from a piece of paper. The words just flowed – I felt very inspired. So this practice really works!
Defeat your creative block
I’ll start by covering ways to prevent creative block. This frustrating – even debilitating problem affects all of us at some point. And it can last a long, long time. So defeat it now. But hold on a minute. Never go into battle unarmed. And never battle without a plan. So let’s look at some specific steps you can take to defeat creative block. You don’t have to wait for it to end.
Change your perspective
It all begins by changing your perspective. Look at what you’re trying to create from another angle. Ask yourself how someone else would approach the problem. Choose a famous person from history and think about how they would solve it. Take notes in order to document how you think they would do it, no matter how strange it may seem to you.
Most importantly, write down your ideas as you think of them. Then pick somebody else from history and repeat. Perform this exercise over and over until you get inspired by one of the approaches you’ve come up with.
Take breaks to stop creative block
When you’re struggling with creative block, step away for a while. Take a break. And briefly do something completely different.
Once you return, your creative inspiration will be stronger than ever. This is due to the incubation stage of human creativity. Incubation is defined as the process of unconscious recombination of thoughts that were stimulated through conscious effort at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at a later point in time. So trust the science and take a break to eliminate creative block.
There’s evidence to suggest that the interruption of people who’re performing creative tasks will cause them to be much more productive at generating creative ideas after they resume the task. The only stipulation is that they must be informed that they’ll get back to it when they return. Scheduling regular breaks during creative work time is one way to accomplish this.
The subconscious is a strange and powerful thing. And if it can work for you while you’re “offline’ mentally, or while you’re working on something else, more power to it, right?
Prevent creative block by sticking with the defined rules and goals you’ve set up ahead of time. When your end goals change, or when the guidelines are modified, creativity always diminishes. So spend more time up front better defining your parameters and end goals. You’ll maintain better creative inspiration at all times.
Diversity really helps
Another approach to defeat creative block is to surround yourself with diversity. Spend time with people who think differently than you do. It’s hard to be creative when the people around you think exactly like you do. It’s like being in an echo-chamber where creativity dies.
Allow your mind to run unhindered
Avoid criticism and constant results evaluation during the creative process. These should only happen at the end. Creativity diminishes when new ideas are picked apart before they can be developed. So do the opposite.
Enforce an environment of positive feedback. Positive reinforcement is very important during the creative process, especially when the ideas will impact the lives of others. So keep the creative people happy and they’ll produce much more innovation.
Creativity increases when you tire
Schedule times to be creative toward the end of the work day. Believe it or not, a tired brain is much more creative than one that’s rested.
Remember how distraction will enhance creativity? A tired brain is much more easily distracted. It struggles to filter out interruptions. It’s hard to focus on just one thing when you’re tired – your brain wanders off on tangents. It may be difficult to work when you’re tired, but the results are worth it!
Exercise always works
Finally, prevent creative block by exercising. Exercise triggers divergent thinking – a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Also, exercise is a distraction. And you now understand how distractions help creativity if you intend on continuing after you return.
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