Build Your Creative Super Powers
Choose from Five Easy Options
He/She is so creative! I wish I could be that creative. I’m heard people say that many times. Let me tell you - we all have it in us. It’s just a matter of believing and pulling it out.
As a child we were all creative. We watched, modeled others and learned. We didn’t know how to do things, so we figured out a way. At some point, we were either encouraged in our “creativity” or discouraged. This led us to believe that we either are or are not creative.
It simply is not true. Let me offer five easy options for building creative super powers. Incorporate one or more of these into your life and before long, someone will be remarking “how creative you are!”
Belief and mindset are so important for creativity. Let’s erase some beliefs that don’t fit any longer and add beliefs that are empowering. Creativity can be about producing a work of art. It can also be about repacking to make things fit, finding a new solution to a problem, adding different spices to make the meal taste great, changing up your workout routine to see improvement in strength or fitness, saying something in a new way that allows the receiver to hear it. Being creative helps harmonize relationships.
When we believe we can improve our creative skills, we start seeing things differently. Let’s start at the beginning with a definition and build from there.
Definition of Creative
Creative: marked by the ability or power to create, not imitated.
What are five characteristics of creative people? They are:
We are currently rewatching some episodes of Ted Lasso. If you haven’t watched it, we highly recommend it for its humor and great messages. In Season 1, during the dart scene, Ted mentions people should be curious. (In that situation, it might have helped his opponent find out Ted was great at darts!)
What does it mean to be curious? It means to ask questions and make less assumptions. Many problems in our lives stem from miscommunication. This could be eliminated if we were curious instead of judgmental and asked questions instead of making assumptions. It helps us to see people more as they are. It helps us to see new opportunities. It helps us to see beautiful things.
A creative person tends to be curious which leads to new solutions and can even help overcome prejudices. It is said that Einstein encouraged people to be passionately curious. Perhaps creative people are more curious than other people. They are willing to explore other options and ideas and investigate. One simple way to be more creative is to be more curious.
To bring out our creativity, we can be playful. To be playful is to be lighthearted. To be lighthearted is to be amusing and entertaining. When we get older, we seem to think we should be more serious. We are often told to act our age. Let’s try the opposite and act silly and be amusing. I tend to want to climb trees when I am out for a walk. I look for a low, solid branch that will support me and I hang and swing on it. It takes me back to my childhood and my mind tends to open up and think differently. What can you do to be more playful?
Once we are playful, we may be more willing to explore different opportunities. Consider being open to having ideas challenged without getting angry while being humble about expertise and knowledge. One author told about how her father greeted every person with the expectation of being dazzled. How would it feel to know we dazzled someone? How would it feel to dazzle ourselves? Give yourself and others the opportunity and latitude to dazzle you. Listen and consider. Explore and discover.
There are many ways to do something. It can be interesting to watch two people approach and accomplish the same activity. This will often bring out methods or ideas others haven’t thought of. If you want to be more flexible, playing games is a great way to develop that skill, as are new experiences. Anything the brain has to learn or relearn builds neural pathways in the brain which increases our ability to be flexible because now there are more options. Try something new. Do something different.
Be a Risk-Taker
There’s a sign in our office that says, “What is the best that can happen?” Many times we associate risk with negative outcomes. Let’s look at the positive outcomes of risk while balancing the negative possibilities. Life is not a dress rehearsal. We get one shot at this. Take a risk and see what it does to your creative thinking.
We all have creative thoughts, ideas and talents. To build your Creative Super Powers, apply one or more of these five characteristics and see how your creativity grows. The next thing you know, people will start calling you the creative one.
Thank you for reading.
Wishing you beauty and joy, kindness and compassion.
About Super Powers
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