Being makers of things, one of our most important assets is our ‘creative productivity’. In this case, our ability to actually create new things through doing; through taking action, not just thinking about it.
I’m a firm believer in the massive benefits of ongoing self-teaching in contributing to not only increased knowledge as we progress through life, but in self confidence, creativity, improved imagination, memory and, ultimately happiness (or at least a glimpse of it!).
Our culture is populated with the stereotype of the tortured artist, who suffers emotional pains and struggle in the name of creativity. If we buy into this stereotype, we may be tempted to assume that by dwelling on negative emotions we are broadening our creative potential.
With the passing away of hugely influential science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury I wanted to cobble together a quick post to discuss one of my favourite quotes of his:
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
Though the first part of the quote is hugely important, I’d like to take a closer look at the latter part (which relates to the first part anyway).
The guys at TOFU design, have come up with a nicely executed short animation providing some straightforward ways to be and stay creative. Despite the simplicity, it’s useful to get a nicely packaged reminder of all the good stuff, we need to keep doing. Have a look!
Every one of us has the capacity within us for genius. You probably already know what it is.
Make sure you don’t neglect that element of you. You can do this by using your imagination, and then using it some more. Spend time writing down or sketching out your imaginative ideas whenever you can, like a child would plan building his fort. Bring a notebook around with you to document your plans, dreams and ideas.
It’s so easy to forget about how easy it can be to strengthen the most important organ of our bodies: our brains. Getting oxygen to it can increase your mental and creative power by 20% or more.
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Think about what we tend to do least of on a daily basis.
Is it doing your admin? Is it promoting your work by calling up people? Is it exercising in between long desk-based creative sessions? I’ll be willing to bet doing absolutely noting at all is actually something you barely do.
Here’s one for you lot thinking creativity is about being original or unique…
Just be unexpected. We are all creative. Creativity has nothing to do with originality. Come up with all kinds of unexpected solutions to things in life.
This is a pretty simple one, and we hear people rattling on about focus pretty much everyday, but the purpose of this is to simply remind you to just maintain focus on what is happening right in front of you.
To coincide with the launch of my new ebook, ‘9 Steps to Being Your Most Powerful Creative Self,’ I’d like to share with you a quick run down of some things worth looking at that are detrimental to your ability to be more effective, creatively.
Do you ever wonder whether you have the inner power, the steady hand, the outstanding talent, the self control, to be truly great at something?
By the word ‘great’, I’m not talking about it in the overused, watered-down sense of the word ‘great’, but in the sense that will allow you to reach a point in your life where you feel glory, real triumph at what you have achieved, when you look back at the trail left behind you.
Projects fail all the time because we unwittingly bake the end solution into our initial objective. Rather than enduring an uncomfortable (but highly necessary) period of ambiguity, we fall into the trap of limiting our creativity by setting a project goal that is too narrowly defined from the start.