Be Creative – unleash your hidden creativity.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”Osho
I have heard people saying that they were not born with a creative bone in them or that they get hunt by the conviction that they are not creative ones. The problem is that we think we are not creative and so we never try to cultivate our creative potential, thus saying directly that we are not creative. It is not a matter of choice that if we are creative or not but since everyone has a certain potential of doing something different, it’s only the choice of finding your creativity that lies within you, hiding from your own self due to apprehensive thoughts that have been underlying in your mind from the start.
Creativity is exploring ideas or thoughts which are new or different from previous thoughts and ideas in some way. Creativity can be expressed in many different way. It can be through drawing or sketching, either through singing or music. Thus, everyone has their own criteria for creativity. Twyla Tharp, an American dancer, a choreographer and an author, said “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.” So creativity often comes when you take an idea from original content and you transform it in to something else. So right now, right here, question yourself if you want to be creative then how creative are you!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”Maya Angelou
Here are some ways by which you can unleash your hidden creativity and get it to use!
Slow-Motion Multitasking might feel like a counter-intuitive idea. What it really means is that having many multiple projects on the go at the same time and you go back and forth on each project depending upon your mood or as the situation demands. But why does it feel wrong is, because we are so used to do everything in one go that out of desperation, we want everything to do in a hurry and at once. Slow-Motion multitasking in creative people is ubiquitous.
Slow-Motion Multitasking is quite an important step in unleashing your creativity as it forces your mind some free space to think out of the box. Let’s say if you are dwelling on particular work or you might play cross-words puzzle and you can’t figure out the missing word and you had spent the most of your time figuring it out. Imagine that feeling of being frustrated and stress out. The reason you cannot figure the answer is that the wrong answer is dwelling inside your mind.
The solution is that go and do something else, switch contents, switch the topics and your mind will be able to breathe in different space and eventually you will get the right answer. So in conclusion Slow-Motion multitasking provides assistance to creativity whenever you are stuck in a situation like this.
Observe What’s Around You
Observing your surroundings, your environment, is a key for opening up your mind. It’s a great opportunity to absorb the feeling in yourself to concentrate on minor details, the curves and the edges of beautiful nature around you. And eventually your imagination would dwell upon the wonders of the world and thus creating them into reality. Observation and mindfulness are related to each other in which you are fully conscious about what you see and how you see it. And that lead Newton to think out of the box about questioning on what he observed.
Stop Being Busy
Many of us are busy in doing things in life but in that high speed in which we are going, we have lost our creativity. So bring a pause to your life and by that I don’t mean literally but metaphorically speaking. Creativity knocks you in boredom and you may need to slow down yourself a little. Your mind would eventually start searching or finding the things in which you would feel happy.
“Without passion, all the skill in the world won’t lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.” said by Twyla Tharp in her book, The Creative Habit.
Make a Map of Ideas
How do we keep all these ideas straight in our mind? We can understand this by setting up the example of Twyla Tharp. She says “You have to be all things. Why exclude? You have to be everything.” And Tharp’s method from preventing all of these different projects from becoming a mess, is a simple one. She gives a cardboard box to each of the project and writes the name of the project. Twyla throws whatever source of inspiration she thinks will be useful in developing the creativity like DVDs, magazines cuttings, books, theatre programs and physical objects and literally anything. She says “the box means I never have to worry about forgetting. One of the biggest fears of a creative person is that they will loose some brilliant idea because they didn’t write it. I don’t worry about that because I know where to find it.”
This example was to explain that write down whatever idea comes to your mind, write everything that comes to your mind to boost your creativity. So that your mind gets in the flow of creative mechanism.
Bring Forth Your Ideas to be creative
If, You have got an idea, implement it and once you are done making whatever your idea lead to. Place it in front of the public. Don’t hesitate putting your ideas forward because the criticism upon your ideas would make your creativity even better. You might term creativity to a friendly tone word as “Suggestions”.
This will help you grow more and would open your locked parts of mind and would enable you to see through different perspectives. Don’t worry about the limited resources you have. You just need your passion within your creativity.
As Twyla said ““Remember this the next time you moan about the hand you’re dealt: No matter how limited your resources, they’re enough to get you started. Time, for example, is our most limited resource, but it is not the enemy of creativity that we think it is. The ticking clock is our friend if it gets us moving with urgency and passion. Give me a writer who thinks he has all the time in the world and I’ll show you a writer who never delivers.” in her book.
Finally, If you are want to know more about being creative or unleashing creativity. we would recommend watching this Ted talk.