Creativity – Soft As A Skill

soft skills creativityWhy creative thinking is essential in our lives? Considering that the most complex roles in life – i.e. children, emotions and relationships – don’t come with a manual it is clear that nature supplied us with instincts and creativity to deal with all of those sophisticated tasks.

There is no room anymore for the old concept that not everyone is creative, it is now proved that everybody can develop creative thinking. Researches showed that the only difference between the creative ones and the “non-creative” ones lies on just one difference. The ones considered creative they believe that they are creative and the ones who are labelled as “non-creative” believe the opposite.

We are all born creative but what happens is we allow people to tell us what we are capable of and what our limits are. However, the truth is, we should never ever let others put a limit or a label in what we can become because they don’t have a clue of what we could become, only we  know what we are capable of becoming.

As creativity is a skill we definitely need in life and in our careers let’s take a look how we can unleash it from the depth of our unconscious.

Positive Mood

A study made by Ruby Nadler and published in Psychological Science journal has shown that a positive mood can boost our creativity and problem solving skills. In the experiment the subjects were put in different moods using funny videos and happy songs or parts of sad movies and sad songs. Then they were asked to perform some tasks that required creativity and problem solving skills and unsurprisingly the ones in a positive mood were way better than the other group. So next time you need some good ideas laugh yourself to bright ideas watching a funny video, listening to happy songs or doing something that makes you feel good.

Amplify

Amplify details of your experiences and relationship with the world. See your daily life through the lens of a six year old child or less. Transport yourself to a different view from yours.

Take Breaks

The pressure to think of a single subject is an inhibition in itself. As much as we speak wonders to remain “focused” is always good to keep in mind that this process restricts and limits new ideas. Go to a park there is something about being in contact with nature that makes our creativity go wild. I personally find churches and libraries heaven as far as peace and quiet is concerned. The main benefit is to cut off the excess stimuli.

Play

“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up” – Picasso. We must do what they do – Play and that was exactly what Carl Jung did. He would go to the garden and play with his little stones when he felt lost or stuck. Amazingly he had jaw dropping insights when he was playing!

Connect and Combine

Every time you find your mind wondering on random thoughts that won’t take you anywhere try exercising your mind to be creative. Think of five totally different words and try to connect them somehow or think about absurdly different objects and try to combine them into one.

Creativity is a human skill no other being has this ability only us humans. That is why we were able to get where we are and there is no limit for our creativity. Being creative doesn’t mean we have to be like anyone else, the opposite more likely, be unique, be able to beat the traditional and innovate with different procedures, forms, interpretations and versions.

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