Posted on September 21, 2020
Creativity defies logic, I heard those words once, in my childhood. Then, it didn’t quite make much sense. Now, as a young adult, these words seem gold. Think of it for a second, everything that ever came into existence is a creative figment of a genius' brain or a manifestation or modification of one. And at some point of time in everyone’s life, there appears an uncalled for moment. A moment where you are stuck, nothing is working for you, conventionality isn’t helping you make much progress. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? And one of the only foreseeable solutions is Creativity. And then, you ask yourself, “How do I boost and develop my creativity levels?”. Stick around folks.
I can’t help but remember a lovely & a classic quote from Albert Einstein on creativity which seems only fair to be included here.
“Creativity is intelligence, having fun.”
- Albert Einstein.
Indeed, Albert Einstein. Priceless permutation and combination of words. Logic can only help you travel from point A to say, point F, and maybe validate a few further points. But, creativity doesn’t just propel you from point A to point Z, it also opens new inroads, new paths that were right in front of you but were never justified to be played down by Logic. Similar to another famous quote from Albert Einstein, logic takes you from A to B, Imagination takes you everywhere. Key takeaway, Boost your creativity. You actually need to boost your creativity.
You might know, or even if you don’t, there are 2 hemispheres in our brains, left & right. Left brain is associated with logical, statistical, rational and the analyzed outlook of every situation. Stated otherwise, numbers and data backed by logic, research and common notions make pure sense to your left brain. On the other hand, the Right brain is associated with creative, imaginative & a more intuitive outlook of every situation. Stated otherwise, finer intricacies, details, thoughts backed by intuition, rather than logic make absolute sense for it.
To give you a relevant example, Your right brain would be convinced about why creativity is important and the related facts and discussions you read, up until now. However, I’ll need to show your left brain some data or numbers or statistics, that are backed by research & proof, that complement the above discussions. So, here are some numbers for your left brain -
- According to LinkedIn, Creativity is the single most important skill in the world.
- IBM states that CEOs say creativity is the #1 factor for future success.
- According to World Economic Forum Creativity is or is related to 9 of the top 10 skills that global executives say is essential for 2020 and beyond.
If you think of it for a moment its rather amazing, how unwittingly easy it is for us to carry two very different traits within our head, that are in absolute contrast, yet, so so very easily go on through with our lives. Now then, right to it, the secret you’re here for. Tips to help you boost your creativity are as follows :
Before getting to it, a disclaimer. I have purposely divided this blog into 2 parts. Part 1 includes relatively easy to work on and instant tips. Part 2, in contrast, covers tips that are more effective, but are a bit complex and not as easy and straightforward as you think. These’ll help you in the long term immensely though. You’d have to be motivated & dedicated enough to get through these and implement them.
A word of wisdom, If you miss part 2, May God help you!
Part 1 ) Easy to implement & straightforward tips
1) Listen to music & relax :
Well, it’s scientifically proven that music helps you calm down & think better. I wouldn’t get into what genres you should listen to (as many other studies suggest) but I figure if you love what you listen to, it should, more or less, do the work for you. And, apart from music, try relaxing more often too. Many times, nothing is as bad as you presume it to be, you make it more complicated for yourself than it actually is. A calm mind is a wise and healthy mind. Creative thoughts are bound to flow by. So, next time it appears to boil you down, sit back and relax. Don’t think about it at all. Find your headphones, plug them in, and experience some Nirvana. Your brain, more than you, needs and deserves that.
2) Keep yourself mentally, physically & emotionally fit :
You might think and maybe criticize the triviality of this tip. But, let me ask you this? How often do you exercise, meditate and do things that make you happy. How often do you come back home, tired to its absolute, experience joint pains, headaches, loss of appetite etc. or stress, lethargy. And, how often do you reckon you find yourself in a lost state, uncertain of your future, doubting your prowess, filled with negativity, and short tempered? Don’t lie. I won’t go into what are the exercises or meditation techniques, one size can’t fit all. You know what’s best for your body better than I do. So to boost your creativity, exercise, meditate and above all, have fun.
3) Enjoy what you do :
I have said this this often, if you don’t love what you do in life, you’ll always suffer in some way or the other. Life is majorly a long term game, if you think short term, you’d be struggling in the long term, unless you’re Dominic Toretto who used to live his life a quarter mile at a time. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t be able to boost your creativity. Hell, let alone boost, you’d pummel it down. Imagine forcing your brain to manoeuvre your body against its will, every single day, year in, year out. You’d be rewarded with stress, stress, stress and some more stress. You deserve a better life. Try this out, and I believe I’m sure that it will propel your creative juices to levels you’ve never thought of.
4) Find some me time & write :
Being alone for a while is not as bad as you might think it is, especially in testing times. Being alone allows you to listen to one voice, the most important voice, the one inside your head. You can’t lie to that voice. And, learn to write your thoughts. Not just in this regard, but many others. Writing your thoughts on a piece of paper won’t just help you cleanse your mind, it’ll also help you initiate a string of creative ideas, one which will only cease to flow when you wish so, further helping you boost your creativity. When you think creatively, nothing is wrong. It’s only if you introduce logic, do things sound absurd. Be alone for a short time my friends, and write. Writing is more powerful than you ever give it the credit for. Also, shower is a good place for creativity.
Part 2) Long term effective tips that’d require practice & dedication
1) Use the power of your subconscious mind :
I urge you to read this with absolute caution, because this might be a life changer for you. Now, as you might know, human beings have two operating brains, a conscious mind, which accounts for 10% of the brain’s power and the subconscious mind that holds 90% of the brain’s power. Most people don’t tap into that 90% power & are within that 10% threshold for the entirety of their life. Those who do are the well known, most successful people you see on the internet.
So how do you use that untapped potential to boost your creativity? Well, firstly, a very easy trick, Imagine. You see, your brain doesn’t know what is and what is not happening for real, a great opportunity to trick it. You simply close your eyes, sort of like meditation, focus on nothing else, and Imagine you already solved the problem you were facing. Imagine how happy, how contended you’d be. Focus on how you’d feel, and what you’d sense.
Once you do that, your brain itself will bring up creative ideas to solve the problem. You remember how Archimedes got the idea of the Archimedes’ principle, while bathing, out of the blue. There will be sudden flashes of ideas and some intuitions built up, write them down and follow them. If you think logically and think this is impossible and question the credibility of your idea, you’re back to square one. The key is to not think logically, but to believe in the whole process. A slightest hint of negativity here or there, and you undo whatever you’d done. Believe, stay positive and for god’s sake, don’t think negatively, in spite of how absurd it may sound. And, this will need practice, once done, rest assured, the ideas will flow, and you’ll feel the boost in your creativity levels.
2) Change your perspective :
As Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at, that matters. It’s what you see.” Sometimes, the problem is not the problem itself, but the way you look at it. Just like the Half-full, Half-empty experiment, your perspective changes the entire outlook. And it’s not easy to directly change your perspective that you’re used to right since your birth. But, it’s not at all difficult with practice. Nothing is. Whenever you look at stuff the way you do, before inferring any further, stop and look for other possible permutations and combinations. Look for other ways to look at the same thing. Many problems are magically solved by a mere change of perspective.
It’s like the problem solves itself. And that’s it. Even if the problem is not solved, you’ve a new opening, a new outlook, and a new point to start from. And, as aforementioned, it’ll take some time but it’ll happen if you want it to happen. Yeah, I know, this was like Psychology class, but what can I say... Sometimes I think I’m a shrink myself ( hehe ), because that 1.4 kilos of flesh in your skull makes all the difference.
So, now then, I hope you’d implement these tips as stated and I believe I can say that I’m sure that your creativity will be boosted, your creativity will have wings, without Redbull 🙂
Just a reminder, creativity defies logic, my friend.
Happy creating, Champion ( a message from DJ Bravo )