Creativity is the art of making something new from one’s imagination.
Each one of us should go for more creativity – it’s like a breath of fresh air, a boost for the spirit, an injection of storybook magic into our lives.
Through creativity, we can meet our true selves. We can understand our emotions, deal with them and move on. We can learn who we want to become and solve the problems that stop us from getting there.
Creativity can be useful in practice, but it can also be an escape. When we feel stuck in a dull existence, it brings us back to life.
Last but not least, creativity can make our dreams come true. We all have those dreams…
- writing a book
- becoming a painter
- coming up with a brilliant invention
- starting a successful business
A creative life is doing things your way. It’s adding something to the world, instead of just consuming it.
Here are my 5 favorite life-changing hacks for more creativity.
1. BUST A MOVE
If I had to name just one fuel of creativity, I’d say movement.
There’s something about going somewhere. It awakens the mind like nothing else – many great artists and philosophers have had the habit of walking.
Whenever I get stuck – with a problem, an assignment or a blog post – going for a stroll around the block is a quick and easy fix (not to mention healthy).
Then there’s traveling, by car, bus or train. It’s always easier to get into a creative flow when sitting at a window, watching the world pass by.
2. GET YOUR FREAK ON
Exploration and experimentation is the oxygen of creativity.
Take a new route to work, try a new sport or eat a new kind of food. Wear the shoes you never wear. Whatever it is you’re doing daily, try doing it differently.
You have to be a little bit crazy if you want to be original. You have to be okay with being weird. What does it matter what anyone thinks, anyway?
When it comes to creativity, there is no right and wrong. There is only a choice between brave or boring.
3. KEEP A NOTEBOOK
Always keep a notebook with you for whenever an idea pops into your head.
Writing ideas down gives you more ideas. It gets you in the habit of creativity and makes you more aware of all the possibility inside you.
Of course, a phone’s notes section is useful sometimes, but stick to handwriting when you can – it’ll actually make you more creative. Especially for brainstorming, use pen and paper.
Keep a notebook on your nightstand, too. We often have those flashbulb moments when we’re trying to fall asleep – because we’re letting our mind rest for once. Seriously, write it down. In most cases, you won’t remember it in the morning – I’ve learned it the hard way.
4. USE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
We all have unique perspectives and experiences, and we shouldn’t be afraid to use them. Our uniqueness is our strength.
Write poems about strangers in coffee shops, take pictures of the street outside your house and paint memories from your childhood. Read, go to museums, travel. Write down things that have happened to you, even if they seem boring right now.
Delve deeper into your surroundings and the people around you, and you’ll never find yourself short of inspiration.
5. WHEN YOU BELIEVE
Doubt kills dreams.
Yes, many artists struggle with self-doubt, but that doesn’t mean we should. Creativity doesn’t have to come from a dark place.
Great artists don’t produce amazing works of art because of their insecurity – they do it in spite of their insecurity. Haven’t you seen The Black Swan? The movie is about letting go of perfectionism to create something amazing.
A little insecurity is natural. Sometimes, it’s why you keep working on it, and it becomes even better. But if you always feel afraid, you’ll never achieve your dreams.
*BONUS TIP* DEADLINE IT
When it comes to work, deadlines make miracles happen.
(For an example of this, read the story of how I came up with a name for this blog.)
Creative work often seems shrouded in mystery. Many think that artists have a fun and easy job – because they were born creative.
It couldn’t be further from the truth. Artist’s are made, not born, and everyone has the potential to be creative and to do creative work.
Creative work is just like any other kind of job; it’s not fun all the time. You often have to force yourself to get started. You often need a deadline to finish.
If you want to create something, set yourself a goal with an end date.
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