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10 From GEM: 10 Ways To Bring Out Your Creativity

 

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10 From GEM:
10 Ways To Bring Out Your Creativity

Think you’re not creative? Think again! In Human Motivation, by Robert E. Franken, creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. You do this in all aspects of your life, whether you’re on the job, with your family, or doing something for yourself. Everybody can be creative in one way or another and we have 10 ways you can bring yours front and center.

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1. LIMIT YOUR TOOLS

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Limit the amount of tools you can access when you need to come up with something new. This forces you to come up with inventive ways to use things. Think about the last time you had to cook dinner and you found yourself staring down a fridge with just a few items, none of which could be used to prepare your go-to meals. The kids had to eat, so you took the limited materials and developed a culinary masterpiece. Who knew that saltine crackers, chicken, and applesauce could go so well together?

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2. BREAK THE RULES

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Creative Commons/Rizalman Kasman Photography

There’s nothing wrong with rules; we’re able to get along in this world because of them. At the same time, rules limit our choices and behaviors—especially some of the rules we create for ourselves. All rules can be broken, or at least bent, so use your intelligence to decide when that’s appropriate. Use young children as your inspiration. They don’t try to be rule-breakers, but they are because they’re learning and they have no personal rules about what they’re “supposed” to do. And we’ve all seen kids come up with some good ideas because they’re so willing to explore the playground that is the world. Get out there and (responsibly) break a few rules.

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3. IGNORE TRENDS

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Creative Commons/brookenovak

When J.K. Rowling wrote her Harry Potter series of books, she tapped into a part of children’s literature that was fresh, exciting, and new. Inevitably, many authors followed her lead, and during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a cottage industry was born. The problem is, once everybody jumped on the bandwagon, it wasn’t fresh, exciting, and new anymore. So ignore trends. When you see a trend coming, turn your back on it and go in a different direction. It’s hard to find a niche and bring your unique abilities forward if you’re hitching a ride on ideas you don’t care about just because you think there’s a fortune to be made or fame to be had. By ignoring trends, you just might tap into one of your own.

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4. SLEEP ON IT

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Creative Commons/RelaxingMusic

Although we don’t always get enough of it, we’re big advocates of sleep around these parts. Our bodies are resting during sleep and our brains are sharpening and recharging. Salvador Dali once said that all of his best ideas came through his dreams. When we dream, the subconscious mind takes us on journeys that our conscious mind wouldn’t allow us to travel. You don’t need to be an expert to analyze your own dreams and find new avenues to take your ideas.

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5. OBSERVE NATURE

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Creative Commons/BobC123

Communing with nature is always a good idea if you want to bring out inventive ideas. Artists might be inspired by nature’s colors, musicians can hear songs in the wind, and architects could come up with a design idea by staring a tree. Do you know the story of Velcro? It was invented in 1941 after Swiss engineer George de Mestral noticed the burrs that stuck to his clothing and his dog’s fur after a walk in the woods.

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6. BE A SOCIAL ANIMAL 

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Creative Commons/InPort05

We don’t mean go out and party all night. If you want to be more creative, you must get together with people. You have to listen to those who have more experience in your field of endeavor. Engage in conversation with a diverse crowd. Collaborate with smart people, keeping in mind that everybody is smart in something. Study other people’s successes and find a way to build on it.

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7. HOST A SALON

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Creative Commons/BenSpark

This sounds fancy, but it certainly doesn’t have to be anything outside of what you already do. Let’s say you have a problem getting your son toilet-trained. One day when you have a few moms over for coffee, bring up your issue and ask each mother how she would solve it. One mom might suggest that you buy a child-size toilet seat to attach so he won’t fall in. Another could tell you to throw Cheerios in the bowl and let him “shoot” them. Still another might observe his behavior and suggest he might not be ready and to try it again in a month. Even if you don’t come up with anything that day, a seed of resolution has been planted and you just might have a stroke of brilliance based on what you heard.

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8. SILENCE THE VOICES 

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Creative Commons/fuschai.tea

We sometimes get in our own way when it comes to creativity. Negative self-talk is the culprit. We’re the first ones to shoot down our own ideas. Being aware that we need to change our minds about how we look at ourselves is a good first step to killing the little voice in your head that talks you out of new ways of thinking or behaving.

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9. BRAINSTORM 

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Brainstorming in professional and academic settings is popular for a reason—it generates many ideas in a continuous flow. Get a timer and set it for a short amount of time, say 5 or 10 minutes. Sit down with a pen and paper and start with one word or idea you want to develop. Keep writing down everything that pops into your mind, even if it doesn’t seem relevant or related. When the timer goes off, look at what you have. You might not have something you can use today, but save that paper for your next big ideas.

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10. KEEP A CREATIVITY JOURNAL

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A journal is a great way to keep track of all your ideas. This is not a diary, so you don’t have to treat it like one by writing everything in a linear fashion. Doodle in your journal, even if you don’t draw. Use crayons or colored pens and pencils. Write in the margins and in different sizes and styles. Don’t worry about using complete sentences—phrases and single words will do just fine. The idea is to save your ideas because you never know how useful one will be down the road.

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How do you hone your creative tendencies? Share your ideas with us below.

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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a writer and work at home mother, who just opened a business and is the proud co-owner of T3 Education Services. Read more about Alexis on her blog lilliebelle.org, email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.

 

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