Your brain on creativity: The antidote to failure

Creativity is what pulls you out of settling for sub par, it takes sub optimal to par excellence.

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I used to listen to a podcast called Unmistakable Creative when I was in school and it was a joy to listen to on the way to school.

I would ponder the implications of what the host Srini and his guest were talking about and the idea behind what it means to be unmistakably creative.

Today I want to implore you to define what makes you unmistakable, what sets you apart from your peers? Even if it’s the smallest thing.

What is creativity to you?

For me creativity is the uniqueness of your perspective on life and your ability to articulate that through whatever mediums you choose to express yourself through.

It is a simple definition, however I believe that when you apply the 2 points that I am about to mention into your repertoire of hurdling techniques. You will take your life to the next level.

Point 1

Creativity does not have to be abstract.

Some people think that creativity is this kind of esoteric metric that can’t really be quantified and has to be approached in an unorganized manner.

To that I say “posh”

Creativity can be measured and instructed, it is up to the instructed to use their imagination to apply the solutions given.

As an example there is a well known concept that project constraints produce greater creativity because it is necessary to complete the project.

Similarly so when you are faced with constraints and obstacles and barriers, whatever you choose to call them. Your creativity or lack thereof will be obvious because it will dictate your ability to succeed.

So I beseech you to not lose yourself in trying to be randomly creative and instead be intentionally creative by choosing to look for uncommon or rare approaches that may benefit your situation and move you towards the solution necessary.

Point 2

Creativity can be enhanced

Contrary (possibly) to popular belief, creativity can be increased and learned. Some may argue that point, but we’re not here to argue. Are we?

Moving on, when you think about learning how to learn creativity. You must train your mind to identify possible thought paths that will lead to idea generation.

As an example if you are trying to wash your pet and they are too energetic, one way to overcome that is to tie them up or play with them until they get tired. Or you could give them treats so they focus on the treat instead of the bath. Or you could talk calmly to them and look them in the eye.

The point I am making here, is not letting there be any dumb answers initially and then tweaking ideas that you get until they work.

Innovation and creativity are not inherently easy to learn but as you face larger problems and more complex solution paths you will adapt to each need of creativity increase.

Sit down today for a few minutes in the evening with yourself and write down your 3 biggest problems and then for each problem make a circle and around that circle write down your current approaches.

Inside the circle write down 2 new ideas for ways to improve your current approaches or a new approach that you want to learn about and then set aside a time to research those approaches.

Be excellent today!

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