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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

What You Need To Know About Being More Creative In the Absence of Judgment

What You Need To Know About Being More Creative In the Absence of Judgment

Do you believe that you are an innovator or creator? Creative people get their originality from their productive capacity and are not good at knowing whether their creations are a hit or miss. This means that what makes them great is their volume of original creations rather than their talent.

However, this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of input to maximize your quantity and maintain the quality of your work. This read aims at helping you increase your creativity without judging yourself as you do it.

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Improve the Creation Process

The first step involves figuring out exactly what you aim at creating. Make sure that you have a clear direction before you embark on any plans. This entails figuring out what you intend to achieve within the next month or year. As you create, stop focusing on perfection.

Perfection leads to judgment, which kills creativity. Give your creativity a chance to flourish in the market. If you make a wrong decision, then move forward instead of comparing your work to others and beating yourself up.

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As you begin, find your flow and use it to boost our creative efficiency. This flow will bring about enjoyment, involvement, and an energized feeling that will help you improve your creations. At this point, the mind is at its maximum potential and it creates a good environment for accomplishing success.

Sustain the Development Process

This involves working on your consistency. Successful people have a clear goal outline and a consistent nature that helps them achieve them. They plan their routines to facilitate their goals and visions.

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What time of the day works best for your creativity? Some people are more productive during the day, while others thrive during the night. Use this to your advantage, by freeing up your schedule and concentrating on your invention(s).

Find out what works for you and include it in your daily routine. Maintain this consistency throughout the creation period. This will help you develop a habit that will help you focus on your flow and increase the number of your creations.

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Inculcate Consistency and Deliberation into Your Routine

Make the daily choice to invest in your ideas and creativity deliberately. Discipline yourself by working hard and setting aside the time to make your ideas a reality. Make a habit out of it and transform it into a natural routine. In addition to this, make a point of transforming your mindset by believing in yourself more. J

udgment comes from an inner disapproval that creators face. If you feel a constant need of comparing your work to others or of not sharing your ideas with the public out of fear, then you need to work on uplifting your mindset. This will make the beginning and sustenance of the creation process easier.

The aforementioned general outlook will aid you in increasing your creativity and reducing your judgmental nature. To read the full article, click here.

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Last Updated on January 12, 2021

The Power of Tapping into Your Hidden Creativity

The Power of Tapping into Your Hidden Creativity

Despite what you might have been taught — everyone can be creative.

It’s too easy to think of creativity as just being reserved for musicians, artists and writers. In reality, creativity can be used in all jobs and in all areas of life.

I’m referring to creative traits such as thinking outside the box, finding new solutions to old problems, and combining two ideas to invent a new one.

For example, think of Henry Ford. He gave people automobiles, when at that time, they probably just wanted faster horses!

And, then there is Elon Musk. He found a workable solution to the problem of congested roads in towns and cities — the Hyperloop! This is an underground tunnel system that is designed to connect major conurbations using clean, ultra-fast capsules that can carry passengers, cars and freight. In the case of cars — Musk envisages elevators taking the cars down to the tunnel system. Ingenious.

As a final example, I want to tell you about Saltwater Brewery in Florida. They’ve created six-pack rings that are edible by marine life. So instead of the six-pack rings ending up in the ocean and killing sea creatures, these rings actually feed them. They’re made from the by-products of beer brewing, and contain either barley or wheat, and are not just safe for fish to eat — but humans can eat them too!

Let’s turn now to see how improving your creativity can improve your life.

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Creativity Will Improve Your Outlook

As a Psychology Today article reveals, people who practice everyday creativity (like finding new ways to work, preparing meals and solving crosswords) share personality traits with those we regard as ‘genuinely’ creative, such as: artists, designers and musicians.[1]

The shared traits include:

  • Curiosity
  • Drive
  • Open-mindedness
  • Persistence
  • Positivity

Some studies also suggest that people who regularly indulge in creative pursuits are less judgmental and more flexible.

It’s no wonder then, that there is a proven link between creativity and enhanced mental health (this could be due to creative thinkers’ superior problem-solving skills).[2]

I hope I’ve said enough to convince you that exploring your creative side can improve your outlook on life.

So what’s the best way to get creative? 

Boost your confidence.

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When you have ample self-confidence, you won’t be afraid to try new things and to break out of your comfort zone. Both of these things will put you in touch with your inner creative genie — who’s just waiting to work their magic on your behalf!

But, how can you boost your confidence? 

…by constantly facing and overcoming challenges.

Creativity Will Increase Opportunities

Creative individuals often notice more opportunities in life.

How come?

Because they’ve learned how to find a way to turn any obstacle into an opportunity by tackling it from another angle. They’re also more likely to SEE the opportunity in the first place, just by having an open mind; whereas someone who is not tapping into their creativity may miss these hidden opportunities. 

For example, one of my friends recently lost his job as a senior administrator for an insurance company. He’d worked there for more than 10 years, and although he wasn’t excited by the job, it paid his bills.

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When he was told that his job was to go, he was initially shocked and knocked off track. However, my friend is a resilient and creative soul, and within a few days, he’d formulated a plan to not only secure a new job, but also to make a positive change in his career. He did this by taking his administrator skills and his deep knowledge of finance and insurance and turning himself into a business consultant.

It’s still early days for him, but he’s already secured several clients, and I predict his new career will be a happy and successful one.

If you feel stuck in a rut, then try some (or all) of these things to break yourself free:

  • Get moving – yes, staying still is staying stuck; moving is getting unstuck!
  • Look for the positives – when you do this, you’ll open the door to opportunities.
  • Start small – you don’t necessarily need to make a big jump; instead, you can make small changes that create an unstoppable forward trend.

Creativity Gives You Freedom to Mess Up

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

I love that quote, as it cleverly demonstrates that creativity is all about experimentation. And, experimentation often means making mistakes!

If you’ve ever watched a graphic designer at work, you’ll notice one thing: they’re constantly changing things until they get the look and feel that they desire.

That’s how most creative people work. They keep trying new and different things until they have that aha moment.

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So how about you? 

Are you currently afraid to try new things? Perhaps because you’re worried about losing face? 

If you are, then you’re holding back your creative potential. To unleash it, I recommend throwing caution to the wind and pushing yourself through your self-created mental barriers.

Once you’ve learned to have thoughts and ideas that are free from your current conditioning, then you’ll have learned the secret to living a creative life.

We all have creativity within us. And, by adopting the suggestions above, you can tap into this hidden force for good. When you do that, your life will take on a new trajectory — one that leads to happiness, fulfillment and success.

Featured photo credit: William Iven via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Psychology Today: Everyday Creativity
[2] CNN: A Creative Life is a Healthy Life

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