Into the sun by aussiegall
Many people feel like they don’t have a creative bone in their body. “I didn’t get the creativity gene,” they complain. “I’m not a musician, poet, or painter.” Creativity is much more than that.
Any time you come up with a silly nickname for a friend, combine your clothes in a new fashion, or figure out a way to keep Uncle Bob and Aunt Brenda from fighting at Thanksgiving, you are being creative.
The key to being more creative is practice, practice, practice. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Close your eyes – it allows your mind to wander free and explore new possibilities.
- Flip through magazines but don’t read anything. Just look at pictures and colors.
- Click through the TV with the sound off. How does it change the emotion conveyed by a television show or commercial? What would you alter in its presentation?
- Bring a tape recorder when you exercise for recording those inevitable great ideas your workout generates.
- Brainstorm highly exaggerated solutions to help shake up your thinking and get you looking outside of the box. Or circle.
- Watch or read something funny. Try comic strips, joke books, cartoons, sitcoms, or skim the newspaper headlines. Even if it doesn’t increase brain activity, you’ll have a good laugh.
- Creativity gurus. Make a list of unrelated people – imaginary and real to turn to when you want a new idea. What would Scooby Doo say? Or the Dali Lama, Bruce Lee, and Maxine from those Shoebox cards? Helps you see things from a different perspective.
- Do something new. Listen to music you’ve never heard before, learn tai chi, go rock climbing, learn a home improvement skill, or see if you can beat your kids at their favorite video game. Shake things up a bit.
- Focus on something. Ever bought a brand new red sports car, and suddenly you’re seeing them everywhere? They were there before, you just didn’t notice. Pick a color, a sound, a texture or even an animal and see how many times you can find it. Change them around each day or week.
- Relax. Don’t let being creative stress you out. That blocks new ideas. If nothing is coming to you, go do something else. Or take a few deep breaths to unwind. When you’re feeling good the ideas will suddenly start flowing. Keep a pen and paper handy!