4 Ingredients For A Creative Mind
by Dr. Scott Zarcinas, Founder, Unlocking Your Life seminars
It seems some people are more creative than others – artists, poets, writers, sculptors, potters, even gardeners. Is it just luck or genetics? Or is there something that can make the rest of us not so blessed with creative ideas or talents more creative?
Steven Smith, professor of cognitive psychology at Texas A&M University, observes that there are 4 Ingredients to a creative mindset. These are:
Ingredient #1: Ditch the Routine.
Routines are obstacles to creativity. If you want to be more creative, do something out of your normal day-to-day routine. Listen to different music. Read different types of books or magazines. Drive a different route to work. Diversity is a key ingredient to creativity, so seek diversity and creativity will follow.
Ingredient #2: Professional Feedback.
You don’t go to a mechanic to get advice on your health. You don’t go to your doctor to review your finances. Your family might be very positive about the manuscript you’ve just written, but are they really going to give you the best advice on structure, grammar and storyline? Probably not, but a good editor will. Getting the right feedback means seeking out the right people to give advice and feedback on what you are trying to achieve. Professionals, in other words, not your friends or family (even if they are professionals in the right field you are seeking, it’s still best to seek out an independent 3rd party that has no emotional ties to you or your creative project).
Ingredient #3: Think Outside the Box.
It’s a cliché, but creative people are comfortable thinking outside the box. That is, they don’t think linearly. They don’t follow a set of rules that will get them from A to B to C. Having an open mind is a key ingredient to creativity, so seek out ways to think of the problem from a new angle. Have fun with it too and allow humour to loosen up the rigid thought processes that may be blocking your creativity.
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Ingredient #4: Dream Catcher.
Are creative people dreamers? Of course they are. They are highly imaginative. They allow their minds to wander, investigating the nooks and crannies of their world in the hope of catching a glimpse of an idea or thought that will propel their creativity forward. They key ingredient here is inquisitiveness, the willingness to learn and to try new things.
And one more tip: carry around a voice recorder or notebook in your pocket or handbag and you’ll be sure to catch every creative idea or dream that comes your way.
Source: NADIA GOODMAN. THE DAILY DOSE.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Founder of Unlocking Your Life seminars. He is the author of numerous books, including Your Natural State of Being.