There are many people who don’t consider themselves to be “creative types”, however I do believe each and every one of us was born to be creative. You don’t have to be an artist, painter, or writer to be creative. Even if you think that you’re just a homemaker taking care of the kids all day, you’re creative too.
It’s difficult to define creativity because it‘s so subjective, but I like the definition given by Wikipedia:
“…a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.”
So basically being creative is about coming up with unique and new ideas. I’m sure you’ve come up with a new idea at some time or another. The idea could be as simple as a new way to decorate your home. That’s creative thinking, isn’t it?
Here at Studio 747 Media it’s one of our missions to help people discover their own creativity. We’ve come up with five tips to get you started on the path to finding your true self and exercising your creativity…
1. Visit a museum or art gallery. It’s something about being around art that triggers creative energy within you. There’s a great deal of inspiration to be found wherever art is.
2. Write in a journal. Grammar and spelling doesn’t matter. Just write whatever thoughts come to you. Not only is this therapeutic, but it helps to get rid of that brain clutter and makes way for fresh, new ideas to come to you.
3. Spend time with nature. Hanging out under a tree and staring up at the clouds always helps me to relax. Relaxing your mind allows the creative juices to flow more easily.
4. Color, scribble, or doodle. It’s amazing what you create when you’re just doodling with no agenda. I always have a small memo pad or notebook on hand. It comes in handy when you’re in a long line or waiting at the doctor’s office ;)
5. Spend time with kids. Kids are a great source of creative energy. They’re constantly thinking up things to do. There are no such things as “rules” or the “right way” to create art when you’re a kid.
What do you do to help fuel your creativity?
Here's another great article I came across about discovering your creativity...and here are some lessons about creativity I learned last year.