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6 Ways To Be Creative Absolutely All The Time

6 Ways To Be Creative Absolutely All The Time

According to Wikipedia, creativity is the “phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created.” It therefore stands to reason that you should want to be creative all of the time. Whilst some might find it easy just “to be creative,” for others a few strategies might be needed. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote about “connecting the unconnected” to get creative inspiration in his notes, and we are going to take a leaf out of his book. For you to start becoming more creative, like Da Vinci you need to start looking at the world with fresh eyes and try some of the techniques described below to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Contemplate the mess

Da Vinci was known to throw paint filled sponges onto the wall and contemplate what he sees. Years before Jackson Pollock, Da Vinci was looking at how the paint was opening his eyes to something new. It might be these very splats that inspired early bicycles and helicopters. And whilst they weren’t practical to make at the time, they were possible to imagine.

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Fortunately we do not all need to splat paint on the walls to be creative. Instead we can make ink splats. To do this take some cartridge paper, blob some ink or paint onto one half of the page, and then fold in two. Unfold and examine. What do you see?

2. Take a shower

Whilst having a shower you are likely to have some of your best ideas. Here’s why: to be creative you need a mix of dopamine and distraction. Having a warm shower helps with the production of dopamine in the brain and whilst you are washing, you are distracted by activity. By putting your brain into neutral and doing something mundane whilst your brain is producing dopamine provides the best conditions for being creative. Take advantage of this by keeping a pad and pencil in the bathroom (or just outside). If you are interested in the science, then have a look at this blog post on the subject.

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3. Do something normal in a different way

By taking a normal activity and then doing it differently, you encourage your brain to make connections and to be creative. These neural pathways are then open to be used when you need to do some lateral thinking. So, for instance, if you are making a cheese and ham sandwich, butter the cheese and ham — not the bread. Pull the components of the sandwich together and you will still have something enjoyable to eat — AND you will have started to encourage your brain to not solely rely on one way to get things done.

This is backed up by scientific research being carried out by Psychologist Dr Simone Ritter from Radboud University Nijmegen. She told the BBC, “People should seek out unexpected experiences if they wish to think differently and so approach problems with a fresh perspective.”

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4. Get unstuck by taking a walk

If you have a particular problem to solve, the more you look at it, the stronger the obvious patterns become. This means that you are less likely to be creative stuck at your desk. Instead of getting stuck in a rut, take a break. Have a walk and take your mind off the issue. In a similar way to taking a shower, the distraction and activity will combine with your subconscious ability to solve things in a novel way.

5. Improvise

When we improvise we let our brain do the work. We don’t think too hard about things and just do it. This can be both good and bad. Things can go wrong. However, things can go right and open up a new level of creativity that you hadn’t thought possible. It’s best not to improvise too much in high stakes situations (such as job interviews). But otherwise it can be cool to riff to see what happens.

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6. Take notes

Da Vinci filled notebook after notebook with ideas, inventions, sketches, and more. Observe, doodle, contemplate — whatever you do make sure that you are taking notes. This is because the note taking process helps us to formalize ethereal thoughts. By doing this, things become a little more tangible, are more likely to be creative, and are able to reason a connection between the unconnected.

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    Last Updated on November 15, 2018

    Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

    Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

    What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

    As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

    The Success Mindset

    Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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    The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

    The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

    The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

    How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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    How To Create a Success Mindset

    People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

    1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

    How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

    A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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    There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

    2. Look For The Successes

    It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

    3. Eliminate Negativity

    You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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    When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

    4. Create a Vision

    Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

    If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

    An Inspirational Story…

    For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

    What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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