A thought for the day. . .
Do you believe CREATIVITY can be learned?
We can do that!!
In the above article, "Yes, Creativity Can Be Learned", Anna Guerrero shares 9 things we can do to learn to be creative!!
01. Train Yourself to Make Original Associations
She says "the ability to make associations between seemingly unrelated topics is one of the keys to creativity."
02. Be Open to New Experiences
She explains, "If we spend our days staying open to new experiences by doing things like learning new languages, meeting new people, trying new foods, pushing ourselves intellectually with difficult books and puzzles, and staying open to tough social and political issues, always aware of alternative viewpoints, then slowly but surely we will change our lives, becoming more creative in the process."
03. Make Time To Go for a Walk
The author writes, "Some say creativity strikes in the shower, but according to recent research, you’re more likely to find your lightning bolt of inspiration while out on a walk."
04. Add More Green To Your Life
Anna Guerrero tells us, "The neuroscience of color is a complex subject, but, in many ways, it all comes down to green. “A brief glimpse of green prior to a creativity task enhances creative performance,” according to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."
05. Keep a Cluttered Desk
Her article quotes, “Being creative is aided by breaking away from tradition, order, and convention and a disorderly environment seems to help people do just that.”
06. Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out
Sharon H. Kim is quoted in the article as saying, “Given that creative solutions are by definition unusual, infrequent, and potentially controversial, they are stimulated by the desire to stand out and to assert one’s uniqueness,”
07. Refine Your Ideas: Clarify, Ideate, Develop, Implement
She writes, "Clarify: ask the right questions; ideate: look for as many solutions and ideas as you can; develop: make sure the idea is practical; implement: make it happen."
08. Know The Importance Of Setting Time To Relax
She quotes Richard Fisher as saying, “Drifting, it seems, is a sure sign that our creative juices are flowing,”
09. Practice, Practice, Practice
She cites Malcolm Gladwell, "As most popularly explained in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, the “10,000 hour rule” is the theory that it’s necessary to work on a specific creative skill for 10,000 hours — eight hours a day, five days a week, for at least five years — before you can truly master it.
I found this article inspiring and fun to read!! It brought out things that are doable for all of us!! To read the entire article by Anna Guerrero, go here.
For another great article, "What Is Creativity And The Importance Of Creative Thinking" go here.
Here are a couple thoughts from that article. . .
-“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed
obvious to them after a while.” Steve Jobs
-"It’s about forcing the brain to give up old patterns and search for new ones. That’s often what happens when inventors make a breakthrough.”
Always remember. . .
We hope this gives you something fun to think about and inspiration to push the limits on your actions, thinking, and creative juices. Who knows what you could come up with and it sure is an adventure of discovery!!
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Have a fun week learning creativity!!