Reflections on Creativity
When we are in a situation that requires us to be creative, sometimes it is difficult to get the ideas out.
Some days it’s hard to write. I am having trouble getting words out. On days like these, maybe I should put the pen aside. However, the competencies that we try to make a habit require investment. At least I told myself I could write a daily article. It is important to keep the practice alive, even if it is short.
On days like these, I should take inspiration from my past experiences. The more we create, the easier it is for us to create. This morning I was thinking about how the mind works when we want to be creative. The mind does not always cooperate with what we want. Sometimes it seems like the mind is trying to sabotage our efforts by making us feel blocked and unable to think of new ideas.
Mind and Creativity
When this happens, it can be helpful to understand how the mind works and how we can work with it instead of against it.
The first thing to understand is that the mind is not a single entity. It is made up of many different parts that work together. Each part has its own role and its own way of working. When we are trying to be creative, some parts of the mind will be more active than others.
The second thing to understand is that the mind is constantly changing. It is always growing and learning. This means that what works today may not work tomorrow. We need to be flexible and adaptable in our approach to creativity.
The third thing to understand is that the mind is not always logical. It often works in mysterious ways that we do not fully understand. This can be both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, it can lead to some amazing insights and ideas. On the other hand, it can also lead to confusion and frustration. When we are feeling blocked, it can help to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What is the mind trying to do? What are its goals? Once we understand this, we can start to work with the mind instead of against it.
What to Do?
One of the best ways to become more creative is to practice brainstorming. This is a technique where you come up with as many ideas as possible, without judging them. The goal is to get the creative juices flowing and to generate a lot of material that you can then use to create something new.
There are no rules when it comes to brainstorming. You can do it alone or with others. You can use pen and paper or a computer. The only thing that matters is that you give yourself permission to be creative and to come up with whatever comes into your mind, no matter how silly or far-fetched it may seem.
If you’re having trouble getting started, try focusing on a specific problem or question that you want to solve. Then, set a timer for five minutes and just start writing down whatever ideas come into your head. Don’t worry about whether they’re good or bad, just get them out there.
Another way to become more creative is to expose yourself to new experiences. This can mean anything from traveling to new places, trying new foods, or learning a new skill. The goal is to broaden your horizons and to see the world from a different perspective. This can help you come up with new ideas and solutions that you wouldn’t have thought of before.
Finally, it’s important to give yourself time and space to be creative. This means setting aside time each day (or week) where you can focus on being creative without any distractions. Turn off your phone, close your email, and just allow yourself to explore and play. See what happens when you give yourself permission to be creative.