Some of you might not know this, but actually, besides being a life coach, I am also a singer, voice-over talent and motivational coach. This week I decided to dedicate this blog to "creativity", because it is an essential part of my being. If you are an artist, musician, designer or photographer, you are often called a "creative person". Of course these fields of profession are directly linked to creativity, but it comes in a huge variety of forms. Maybe you figured out a solution to a complicated problem, had a smart business idea or contributed in a special way. However, creativity is more than that. Actually, we need it on a daily basis. A simple example: I wanted to hang up curtains in my apartment, but I didn't want to drill holes in the wall and drilling into stable concrete isn't that easy after all ;) So, what I did was use gaffa tape instead- btw gaffa always comes in handy if you need a creative solution. Creative ideas therefore emerge in many situations, careers, hobbies, and works. But what exactly is creativity?
The Definition of Creativity and Innovation!
Some people believe that creativity is using your imagination to create things. Others think that is the ability to consider things in new ways and look at them from a different angle. And, both are right.
Simply speaking creativity involves transforming your ideas, imagination and dreams into reality. When you are being creative, you are able to identify hidden patterns, come up with a connection between things that aren't usually related and have ideas come to your mind easily. Creative ability depends on creative thinking, which is partly hard work but largely creative problem solving.
Creativity ability is the skill and talent to use our imagination to create and solve. A better artist is creative. But, you don’t have to be an artist to be creative.
Creative thinking is a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions (which may look unsettling at first).Creative thinking can be stimulated both by an unstructured process such as brainstorming, and by a structured process such as lateral thinking.
And creative problem solving is a way of using your creativity to develop new ideas and solutions to problems. The process is based on separating divergent and convergent thinking styles, so that you can focus your mind on creating at the first stage, and then evaluating at the second stage.
Creativity therefore is a central source of meaning in our lives, most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity and when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of our lifes.
Just picture this: If you are for example painting, you don't even pay attention to how your body feels or any problems you might be having at home.
Referring to a person in the middle of the creative process Csikszentmihaly said, “He can’t feel even that he’s hungry or tired, his body disappears, his identity disappears from his consciousness because he doesn’t have enough attention, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration and at the same time to feel that he exists.”
Can anyone be creative or find creativity?
In general people have different views on whether or not creativity is innate or learned. Some even go as far as to state that people are either born with creativity or not. Of course, they do have a point. Not all of use will become Da Vincis and not all of us are able to sing like Whitney Houston. However, this is creativity paired with different skill sets, so keep that in mind. Also, being an artist is not an elite position. I don't think that only a select few are chosen to create art and artists go one step further than creatives. Artists bring ideas into reality. Coming up with ideas can be easy, I just had 10 this morning while making coffee ;) Art is the tangible reflection of an intangible world. But, let's save that discussion for another time and I will go into depth then. For me, everyone can be creative. Why? Well, think of children. Research has proven that young children are creative geniuses. A study with more than 1,600 five-year-olds showed that ninety- eight percent were deemed creative geniuses in ways like Picasso, Mozart and Einstein. However, when they were tested again at ten, only 30 percent, were considered creative geniuses.
I guess you can tell where this is heading: Human beings are born creative and then taught to be uncreative as they grow older. When you are a kid, there is an emphasis on art classes and “reaching for the stars,” and when you get older, you’re told to get real, take the straight and narrow path, and pay your taxes. Pursuing our creative potential tends to come to a halt when we grow up. Creative individuals don’t always have the most supportive environment in the workplace because they might be said to have unusual thoughts and lack the know-how for real business innovation.
But the good news is we can relearn being creative! Here are some simple steps:
Practice mini projects (draw something)
Check off one task
Listen to music
Amplify something you love (walking the dog)
Speak with intention & many more
Creativity is like a force: You just have to uncover it!
Who is creative?
Anyone. If you just dabble in painting, you're no less creative than a person who made it their career. While creativity was pushed aside during the industrial revolution, individuals nowadays are more creative than ever. Creative people do possess certain traits and skills. They tend to ask questions all the time, coming up with creative solutions to one problem and exhibiting playfulness. They have heightened emotional sensitivity, are usually seen as nonconformists and are not afraid to be and act differently. They tend to have a varying array of traits that relate to playfulness and discipline, responsibility and irresponsibility. They are rooted in reality yet also can alternate between imagination and fantasy. They hover somewhere between perfect introverts and perfect extroverts. They often escape strict gender roles and find a middle ground in their outward appearance. They are both passionate and critical about their work and are sensitive to a point that yields both extreme joy and extreme pain.
And you no what the best thing is about creativity? It's full of benefits!
Benefits of creativity!
If you choose to become more creative or are it already it comes with undeniable pro's:
Can decrease depression
Can help boost the immune system
Can encourage fitness
Can decrease the risk of cognitive impairment as you age
So, what are you waiting for? Become creative and if you want to know how to become creative anytime, listen to my podcast! Love, Veronica