10 Ways to Increase Creativity
Writer: Kyle Pearson
Creativity is a skill that has impacted culture and the way of life for years, whether it be a scientific discovery or an art exhibit, creativity is everywhere. Everyone likes to think they are creative in one way or another, when observing someone’s unique creative touch, one can’t help to wonder how they think the way they do. Most creative people share personality traits or behavioral habits that help ideas flow more clearly whether it be conscious or not. Overall there are ten behavioral habits that most creative people share. These habits, if you don’t already have them, can help increase your own creativity.
1.Capture your ideas
When someone has an idea they have a choice, they can ponder on it and forget about it completely when a new one arises, or they can capture it. Writing down ideas not only helps one remember them at a later time but allows for them to begin to expand and advance them. Writing down ideas and thoughts can also clear one’s head allowing them to focus more clearly, almost as if when someone deletes unnecessary emails to focus on the important ones.
If professional football teams played against tackling dummies instead of other players the game would hold little interest to many people. In a similar way if one does not challenge themselves they are not bettering themselves. Professional football players play against athletes as good if not better than themselves every week. They do this to challenge what they can do as an athlete, by doing this they increase their athletic creativity, developing new ways to go about certain situations in order to win the game. By challenging yourself in whatever you do, you will discover your true potential.
3.Broaden Your Interests
Broadening your interests can be a challenging task simply because we know what we like. It is uncomfortable to expose yourself to a new field where you are starting at square one. Letting yourself to become comfortable with this discomfort allows you to not only expand possible interests, but provides insight to how people in a different field think ad respond. If you go into a bookstore and normally buy fiction, try a nonfiction, in the same way if you tend to read self-help books, pick up a history novel, the possibilities are endless.
4.Surround Yourself with Genius
An old saying that reins true to this day is “You are who you hang out with.” Take a second and think of the friends you have and who you are with most. Now think how you act compared to them, in most cases you will see similarities in behavior. Realizing that you act like the people you surround yourself with can cause most to rethink their friendship decisions. The best people to be around are those who don’t just agree with what you think, your peers should challenge your thoughts and progress them even further. One’s creativity is never their own but a combination of their peers’.
In today’s society when someone is bored they can turn on a TV and have thousands of options to cure this boredom. Allowing yourself to be bored is truly a lost virtue, sitting by yourself in silence can be seen as uncomfortable or weird. However, if you allow yourself to be bored even for just a short while, you will notice a flow of ideas and thoughts coming to you. I once had a professor who said he had his best thoughts right as he was about to fall asleep. What he would do was lay on a chair with his hand hanging over the side holding his keys. As he would fall asleep he would drop his keys, the noise would wake him and he would write down the first thing he could remember. This professor allowed himself to be bored in order to capture what he thought was his best ideas.
6.Establish more Intersections
An intersection can best be described as two paths crossing. Meeting new people and hearing what they have to say can allow you to further your own understandings or ideas. Establishing intersections just once ca be ineffective, one should strive to build a network allowing for future comparison of thoughts or ideas.
7.Lower Associative Barriers
We all know someone who we don’t want to engage in conversation with due to them thinking what they have to say is the only right response. To lower your associative barriers is to realize that there are people who have opposing thoughts or beliefs than your own. It is important to not allow yourself to become attached to your ideas to where you can’t realize when you are wrong. Lowering your associative barriers, allowing yourself to realize flaws in your thoughts or beliefs will allow your creativity to expand through new understandings.
8.Integrate more Perspectives
Comparing thoughts and ideas with other people cannot be stressed enough, doing this can only benefit your thought process. Learning how other people think whether on a subject or one’s specific idea can advance the way you think yourself, advancing the creative process.
9.Avoid the Big Psychological Trap
An important question everyone should ask themselves is “Do you hate losing more than you like winning.” Some people refrain from competing due to the fear of losing in whatever situation it may be. To push your creativity, one has to take risks, you can’t be so afraid of losing that you won’t take the risk in order to win.
10.Learn from Failure
It’s not “if” you fail rather than it is “when” you fail. Failure is an important part of creativity and if you ask any successful person they will most likely tell you they have failed hundreds of times before they succeeded.
By taking part in these behavioral habits you will find yourself coming up with great thoughts, engaging them through an elaborate creative process. Creativity is not a fixed subject it is open to interpretation in any way one can imagine. Whether it be to advance your already existent creativity or to develop a new sense of creativity, these ten key factors will help you get where you want to be.