Creativity is shown in many countless fiction books and movies about individuals whose skills seemed to be naturally given. This has created a misconception that creativity is simply something you have, or do not have. A recent book Great Minds and How to Grow Them has shown that there is often no such thing as a born genius or born creative. In fact, much like a muscle, creativity and inventiveness can be developed. It can even be taught.
All it takes is practice, and exercising those creative muscles that have often been unused and underutilized. But first, everyone needs to learn how to clear some mental space for your creativity and ideas.
1.Emptying mental space
Think with Your Brain, Not Memorize. From an early age, we are subconsciously taught to memorize and repeat facts. The focus on memorization and the repeating of facts is very misguided and is based on a real misunderstanding of how the brain works.
Instead, it’s far easier to preserve past memories, ideas by simply noting them down. As you no longer have to worry about remembering this important information, you can safely focus on other things. Once you no longer rely so much on memorization, your mind becomes much more freed up.
2.Clear mental confusions by decluttering
The human brain is incredibly powerful. Everything that has ever come from humanity stemmed from someone’s plan or idea. Despite its power, the brain is bad at multitasking. As soon as your brain had to focus on multiple things at once, your ability to do any of the tasks severely decreased.
The same thing happens when we have a lot on our mind, we can’t focus. As such, your mind and brain becomes less able to work dynamically and creativity.
The only way to clear up all this mental clutter is to be ruthless. It is a good idea to prioritize what is most important to you. It may seem difficult to ditch the that doesn’t serve a purpose, I’ve got you this Declutter Formula to eliminate everything that isn’t necessary.
Now that you have cleared some mental and physical space, it should be easier to focus on developing your brain’s creativity. Keep your right brain sharp.
The two sides of the brain are focused on the development and control of different cognitive abilities. The left side of the brain processes things like language, and numbers, fixed concrete information. Whereas, the right side of the brain processes and controls creativity, critical thinking, and artistic ability.
By focusing on fact retention and memorization in school, most people have strengthened the left side of the brain, at the cost of the right brain.
To fix this imbalance and develop the creative muscles, try these:
Do this 10-minute exercise every day to work out the brain:
- Take up a creative hobby. By involving yourself in a creative hobby such as painting and playing music, you keep your right brain active.
- Look for a problem
Often times, people focus on something new and original. Doing this will always be fruitless as the mind needs stimulations in order to think. Check out how to look for a good problem for better creativity.
Every problem we face is also a puzzle which needs a creative solution. When you are faced with a problem, you naturally try to think of solutions. By thinking of dynamic or creative solutions to problems, you are improving your ability to be creative.
“Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable”- William Pollard
Being creative can improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
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