Do you wish you were more creative? Even if you’re not in a profession where you’re overtly creative, such as an artist or writer, many jobs require creativity and imagination. Being creative can go a long way towards helping you succeed in your goals. You may need to find a creative solution to a budget issue or figure out how to creatively build a shelving system for a unique space. No matter what you do for a living, creativity can help. But what if you’re just not a very creative person? Here are 8 tips that can help you become more creative and successful.
1. Don’t Fear Failure
A lot of people block their own creative ideas because they’re afraid those ideas will fail. They either have fear of failing or fear from the embarrassment that might come with being wrong. So rather than offer up their own creative ideas, they either try methods that aren’t always successful or they give up entirely. But everyone fails every now and then. Failure is how we learn and expand our ideas. Even if you fail, you’ll learn why your creative solution didn’t work, and you’ll be able to use that experience to shape your next creative idea.
2. Identify your Goal or Objective
What are you trying to accomplish? If you have a concrete goal to work towards, you’ll be able to focus your creativity much better. Once you know your overall goal, you can break it down into different steps. Then you can work on creatively checking each step off your to-do list. This also helps you make your goal more concrete. If you don’t know what you’re really aiming at, you’re not going to be able to come up with a way to meet that goal, no matter how creative you are.
3. Take Help from Other People
Sometimes, you need to work with someone else to get your creativity going. Bouncing ideas off of a co-worker or friend can take spark something truly creative that you’d never come up with on your own. Talking it out with a family member, even if all they do is listen, can also jog your creativity. You may also need a mentor, seek help from upper management, or learn from inspirational speakers. Getting advice from others and looking at the problem from their outside point of view may be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing.
4. Think about Something Different
When most people are faced with a problem, they think about similar issues and how they overcame them. While this may work sometimes, it also reinforced the idea that only those types of answers will solve that type of problem. If you let your mind wander and think about something else, your subconscious mind will continue to work on the issue and may come up with parallels to other things that you would never have thought of otherwise. This is why many people come to realizations when taking a shower, cooking dinner, or right before they fall asleep. Focusing on something totally different lets their subconscious solve the problem.
5. Read a Book
Studies suggest that reading and being creative are linked, which could explain why those who are in creative professions also tend to read a good amount of fiction. Reading can be one way you can get your mind off on other things so your subconscious can do its work, but it also introduces you to new points of view and ideas. You may find the way fictional characters handle a situation gives you insight into a problem in the real world, even when those fictional characters are wizards or aliens.
6. Learn your Creative Triggers
Do you find it easier to be creative in certain situations or at specific times? Writers often know their creative triggers, but everyone has them. This is why you’ll hear some writers say they only really write early in the morning or late at night—that’s why they’re at their most creative. Some have to have music playing, while others need it to be completely silent. If you carefully pay attention to when you’re creative, you’ll probably start to notice there’s a pattern to it. Maybe you’re only creative at home, or maybe you get your best ideas while you’re eating lunch. Some people actually need the stress of an impending deadline to make their creativity kick into high gear.
7. Break Your Routine
Creativity is like a muscle—if you don’t be creative on a regular basis, you’ll find it’s harder to be creative when you need to be. One major way you can kill your creativity is by falling into a routine that doesn’t require any creative thinking. You go through the entire day not really challenging yourself creatively. That’s why you need to regularly break up your daily routine with something different, something that will make you think creatively. Read a book by someone you’ve never read, see a documentary about something you don’t understand, or something talk with someone you don’t see regularly. Sometimes, just eating somewhere new or taking a different route to work is enough to break you out of your stifling routine.
8. Act on Intuition
As mentioned earlier, the subconscious is often the most creative part of your mind, but it’s not always the loudest. If you get a feeling about something, sometimes it’s best to simply act on it, even if it seems crazy. This creative impulse may be just the thing you’ve been looking for, but if you ignore the feeling, you may never fully realize what it was your mind was trying to tell you. If you’re in a place where you can’t immediately act on your intuitive feelings, write down your ideas in as much detail as you can. Don’t let the moment pass because you may not be able to clearly recall it later.
What makes you Creative?
If you’re a creative person, what helps you achieve those creative solutions that awe everyone? Do you have any great tips for overcoming a creativity block? We’d love to share them with our readers.