Picture this: You’re standing in front of a blank canvas, paintbrush in hand, ready to unleash your inner Picasso. But as you stare at the pristine white surface, your mind goes blank. You don’t know where to begin or what to create. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. The good news is that creativity is not some elusive talent that only a select few possess. It’s a skill that can be learned and nurtured. So, if you’re ready to unlock your innate creative capacity, grab your paintbrush, and let’s dive in!
What exactly is innate creativity?
It is a journey through which new ideas and different inspirations are created. It is symbolized by change, rebelling against tradition, and drawing outside of the box that is standard thinking. The cornerstone of innovation is creativity, which is not just restricted to creative expression but the ability to simply create, whether it be art, stories, solutions, or new inventions or ideas. Some people believe that if they were not born with a creative side, then it is impossible to become an ‘artistic or creative person.’ Contrary to popular belief, even if you are not ‘born with an artistic side,’ it is never impossible to develop one.
Teachers, scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, engineers—these are all individuals who challenge their creative side in order to further cultivate change in the world we are familiar with today. According to Brene Brown, creativity acts as a medium for both emotional expression and ingenuity. The ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings via creation, especially those that are difficult to put into words, can aid in self-awareness, interpersonal intimacy, and emotional healing.Hence, believing that you are ‘blocked’ in a way that prohibits the full potential of your creativity usually leads to one major detail; you may simply be missing a part of your own creative process. Different individuals think and feel in diverse ways, and therefore your creative process may be entirely different from that of your parents and immediate family—the ones who are most likely to have similar creative processes.
Here is a fun fact: the left hemisphere aids in removing trivial information from our environment. The right hemisphere, in contrast, enables more information to enter our awareness, which may subsequently be exploited to generate novel thoughts. You must unwind and be receptive to new concepts to activate the right side of the brain. Here is when meditation might be useful. When you meditate, you may free your mind of all distractions and mental clutter, which will boost your brain’s capacity for creativity.
Usually, in educational systems, many are taught think in established ways – inside the box – and follow rules—never to break what was taught, otherwise there will be consequences. This act alone restricts the creativity in children, and those children grow to see the world as they were taught in school. If you believe that this cannot be reversed, here are some ways that may aid in reviving or unlocking your innate creativity.
Get out of your comfort zone
Being in the same place every day 24/7 may result in a cycle of repetitive thoughts, allowing no space for creative thinking. Shaking things up and exploring new hobbies or places allows the brain to absorb a heap of new information and through this process, an idea that you were possibly giving up on could be turned into a reachable goal.
Set boundaries and limit yourself
Try focusing solely on a single project if you want to regain your creative flair. Instead of spreading yourself too thin and letting things float away, this will help you stay motivated and committed on finishing it. Scheduling periods when you can only work on your creative pursuits might be another method to set a boundary.
Try a Different Creative Hobby
Staying on the same activity when you have hit a roadblock is the best way to restrict your own creative ideas. Personally, when I cannot find the motivation to write, I listen to new music from a genre I like. Motivation and inspiration are always boosted by interacting with new cultures, people, and experiences.
Adapt your thinking to the issue
This method has a number of potential applications. Attempt to discover the main significance of what you are doing. For instance, thinking about writing and entering the publishing industry may be considered creative because of all the potential outcomes for you from this aspiration. Taking a moment to reflect and view a subject from a new angle is another method to understand a problem. When you come back to the task later, you might be better able to see how to proceed with your creative effort.
Share your ideas.
When ideas are out in the open, they retain solidity in its existence. This means that you can view this idea from a perspective that is no longer in ‘brewing mode’ in your head. This also allows others to provide feedback on your ideas to properly find areas of improvement and the next step in your idea generation.
If possible, try to reduce stress.
The right hemisphere of your brain is at its best when stress is low. This involves getting more rest, separating yourself from your responsibilities at work (having a work-life balance), and creating time for your creative thinking. Creativity is at its peak when your body and brain are relaxed rather than focusing on everything but the cultivation of your innovative idea.
The next time you pause for a moment to think, do not consider it an independent task from the creative thinking process. Think of it as consciously creating room for wonder, actively giving your brain new tools and space to breathe, carefully fostering intuitive ideas, and subconsciously improving your natural filter for creative thought. Now, it’s time to put what you’ve learned into action and start tapping into your creativity.
Remember, creativity is not just reserved for the artistic types. It’s a skill that can be developed and nurtured with practice. So, don’t be afraid to experiment, take risks, and think outside the box. Go forth and create something amazing! If you want to learn more about unlocking your innate creative potential, click here or contact us.