Being Creative: Are we born with it or is it a skill?
02 October 2015, 17:01
Nairobi - Creative thinking is a concept that many people fail to relate to, either because they have no idea what it is exactly, how it comes about, or merely ignore it as just another fad.
In creative thinking, we are required to craft ways to handle certain situations, or to make connections between seemingly unrelated ideas. The perception amongst many people is that creative thinking is inbuilt in some while others are simply born without it! Pose, latest research shows that our biology determines about 22 percent of our creative ability. The remaining 78 percent is determined by the environment, education, and practice. In essence, all of us are born with some degree of creativeness, the rest, we develop through interest and as strained by forces from without like challenging situations.
It is common to hear people say, “I’m just not the creative type” or “you know creativity is just not me." Yes, some people are more creative than others, depending on exposure and experiences. But all of us have it in us, and all we need to do every so often is to think beyond our usual. We can train to be creative enough, by attempting to handle situations instead of asking other people that we deem as more creative to do it for us.
Sometimes we are unable to face our fears and problems just because we think we are not creative enough. But how exactly do we become more creative?
Do this practically and use a real situation you are facing. Try to constrain yourself to limited resources and time. Mark out the shortest time possible you need to come up with a solution. You will be amazed at how creative you can become.
Write your ideas down while at it. I have realized that writing down ideas helps me develop and advance ideas that I already have. You can do the same and each time, it will amaze you how this technique can help you become more creative.
Enjoy the simple things in life; nature, relationships, and circumstances. The most creative people seem to have something in common; they love to appreciate their natural environment, and they recognize and value the simple blessings in life family and friends. When you start being content, your mind is at ease, and you can be as creative as it ever was.
Finally, as always when I write to you, embrace a positive frame of mind. Psychology experts say that we tend to think more creatively when we are happy. It is much easier to connect ideas and develop them when we are positive. On the contrary, negative thought trains cause sadness and anxiety, two of the top barriers to creative thinking.
It is important to know that high creativity takes time to nature. Take small baby steps each time, and in the end, you will be a more creative being than you ever thought you could be.
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