A lot of people look at creativity as something you’re born with. You either have it, or you don’t. But the truth is that people are naturally creative. We’re already wired to look at things in new ways and creativity is a skill, a way of thinking about or approaching the world in your own unique way. And just like any other skill, it can be cultivated and strengthened.
Here are a few things you can do to cultivate your creativity.
Make Creativity a Habit
The most successful creatives are those who incorporate creativity seamlessly into their lives. They use creative thinking to navigate their days, and that leads to more creative thinking and more creative ideas. So make creativity and creative ways of thinking about or looking at the world a regular part of your daily routine. This also includes your creative projects. Creativity leads to more creativity.
Be Open to New Experiences
New experiences challenge you to be an agile thinker and come up with innovative solutions to problems you face or new ideas you encounter along the way. By taking risks and embracing new ways of thinking, you are encouraging yourself to think about the world in new and creative ways. Being open to new experiences is one of the best ways to cultivate creativity. So seek out new experiences and let the creativity flow.
Solve a Problem
One of the best ways to build your creative skillset is to come up with innovative solutions to problems you face in your regular life. It could be brainstorming ten different ways to save money on your grocery bill, or a new plan for planting your garden this spring. Maybe you need to come up with a new way to use your workspace or reconfigure your home to better meet you or your family’s needs. There are a million mini challenges we face every day and using creativity to look for new & innovative solutions is a great way to cultivate creative habits.
Have some fun!
Pursuing activities you enjoy that aren’t related to your creative practice can make you more creative when you do return. So be sure to take a break every now and then and go have some fun. You will return to your creative projects re-energized and full of new ideas.
Creativity is a skill. We can practice it. We can strengthen it. By making the space to incorporate it into our daily life, we are welcoming it in and encouraging it to grow. Cultivating creativity on a regular basis means you are much more likely to have that “Eureka!” moment.