I hear many people say they aren’t creative, yet creativity is innate. We each have access to a wellspring of creativity. Unfortunately, some people don’t seem to be aware of this. We all have equal access to the same source of creativity.
Think of creativity as the sun and your personal thinking as the clouds, just because on a cloudy day you can’t see it, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Here is the definition of creativity as per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: The ability to create
I think one misconception people have is that creativity comes in the form of art. Leading them to believe that because they aren’t interested in art, or they aren’t good at art (in their opinion), then that means they aren’t creative.
Art is just one form of creativity. Creativity can come through in many areas of life and work. Think of creativity as finding a new way to think of something or do something. To create something original for you in your life or create a new way of thinking.
Examples of creativity:
You could create a new perspective on:
- Your relationships
You could create:
- A new recipe
- More value at work
- Other avenues to make money
- More meaningful relationships
- A morning/evening ritual
When it comes to being creative, the options are infinite. Any time you have created something in your life you have used your creativity.
If we’re all creative beings, how do we access our innate creativity?
The simple equation that generates creativity is this:
A new thought comes from…well, who knows. All we know is that we didn’t create it, we just observe it.
This is very different from our personal thinking, which you can think of as old thought. These are the thoughts that we have thought before, they are nothing new. They are personal to us because they are bound to us and regurgitated.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
– Albert Einstein
A single new thought can generate an insight that changes your entire life. A single new thought can give you the framework to create something new in the world.
So, how do we get new thoughts?
If creativity is the sun and our personal thinking (old thoughts) are the clouds, a little less attention to our personal thinking will allow the sun to peak through. A cloudless sky isn’t necessary to see the light, all that is needed is a momentary gap between clouds to shed some light.
We don’t need a blank mind to allow our creativity to come through. We just need to pay a little less attention to our personal thinking and allow a momentary gap for a new thought to come through.
Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.
■ coach ■ writer ■ poet ■ entrepreneur