Want to become more creative? You’re already as creative as you need to be. All you need is space to allow that creativity to flower, and time. You also need to give yourself permission to be creative.
Few of us survive our childhood with our creativity intact. However, no matter how deeply it’s buried, your creativity is there. Relax, have fun, and you’ll be more creative.
Let’s look at five ways you can become more creative in your life and your business quickly.
1. Mind map it, whatever it is
Start by framing your creative task. What task you want to be creative at doing? Your creativity is completely natural, and if you decide you want to become more creative in one area of your life, it will flow over into other areas.
The left brain/ right brain theory has been debunked, it’s nevertheless useful. We all have various networks in our brain:
People use networks in their brains, Devi explained. “So if somebody is more artistic, let’s say, then they would more likely use … networks within the right side of the brain. So it’s about the network they use. There are networks for language, there are networks for artistic ability. There are networks for math. So depending on what networks you use, you use one side of the brain more than the other.”
If you think you’re not creative, it simply means you haven’t used the relevant networks in your brain sufficiently. The more you use those networks, the more they will grow.
Let’s say you want to become more creative in your business.
Start by creating a mind map. Mind maps are images, and images trigger your right brain’s creative network, and your subconscious mind. Your subconscious is non-verbal. It “thinks” in images. It will deliver more creativity than you can ever use.
You can create a mind map by hand, or you can use an app. Currently, my favorite mind mapping app is Inspiration.
FreeMind is a free mind mapping tool. Here’s an Inspiration mind map…
Add “business creativity” to the center of your mind map.
Then, without thinking about it too much, add ways you could be more creative in your business to your mind map.
2. Use images as symbols to mine your subconscious
Images trigger your creativity and your subconscious mind. You can use images in many ways. The easiest way is to choose an image, and look at it. Pinterest has lots of images. Browse.
You can also browse photos, or image-heavy magazines. I like to browse online museums – the Rijksmuseum’s my favorite. Click the image below to access the site.
When you’re browsing images, you’re not looking for anything. You’re just looking. You’ve created your mind map, but forget that for now. Just take a few minutes, relax, and look at images.
3. Go tight, then loose: focus and de-focus
To trigger your creativity, you need to focus, and then de-focus. Think, and then muse, allow your mind to drift.
Avoid forcing anything – you can’t force yourself to be creative. You simply need to allow your innate creativity.
So when you’re browsing images, study an image carefully. Look at the flow of lines and curves in image, the shadow and the light. Then, de-focus, let your gaze go soft, and absorb the image.
Try this exercise regularly. It’s a strategy you can use at any time. It will help the creative networks in your brain to grow.
4. What’s the opposite?
Have you added some thoughts to your mind map? Add something, anything. Accept whatever springs to mind. As we’ve said, you can’t force yourself to be creative, you can only allow it.
Think about the opposite of whatever you’ve added to your mind map. Add that. Adding opposites will loosen your perceptions.
5. Sleep on it: let yourself think
Your sleeping brain is creative. You can and do think while you’re asleep. Use this. (If you want to know more about sleep thinking, read Eric Maisel’s sleep thinking book.)
Before you go to sleep, write on a note: “how can I become more creative in my business?”. You can sleep-think about anything. You’ll be amazed at the creative solutions you develop to your challenges.
The key to sleep-thinking is to muse about your question as you’re falling asleep. Just wonder about it casually, don’t force anything.
The next morning, as soon as you wake up, write for five minutes. (Yes, you can make yourself some coffee first.)
You’re creative. Everyone is. Use these five ways to bring more creativity into your life fast.