It is a common belief that creativity is a fixed trait like your eye color or how tall you are. I’ve often heard the people say, “Well, some people are creative and some people just aren’t.”
But what if I told you that creativity isn’t set in stone?
It’s more like a muscle. It needs to be stretched and exercised and trained in order to develop. And, like a muscle, if creativity is ignored it will atrophy and become weak.
We all have the potential to live a creative life, but it doesn’t happen without effort and a focus on developing our creativity muscle.
If you’ve been ignoring your creative muscle for a while, here are 3 baby steps you can take to add more creativity to your every day life.
1. Ask More Questions
Have you ever noticed that people who are really in tune with their creativity ask a lot of questions? Like a lot. And, they ask even more questions in their head than what they say out loud.
That’s because curiosity and creativity go hand-in-hand. Being curious is a way to stay open-minded about the world around you. Approaching situations with curiosity allows you to learn new things and develop new perspectives by asking questions like, “why, how and what if?”
Creative people approach the world with this open, curious mind. It’s a perspective that sets them up for developing new ideas and creating new things.
You can add more creativity to your every day life by tapping into your curiosity and asking more questions.
Not sure what kind of questions to ask?
Really, any and all questions will help you to start thinking more creatively, but here are a few vaguely worded questions to get you started:
- Why have I always done (blank) this way?
- How does this work?
- How is this made?
- What if I did this instead?
- Could I do that differently?
- What will happen if I do this?
- Why does this work, but that didn’t work?
Speaking of wondering, daydreaming is a fun way to boost your creativity.
As children we spend so much time daydreaming and imaging different scenarios, real and make-believe. That imaginative thinking is a clear step to adding more creativity to your every day life.
As adults, daydreaming can feel self-indulgent or unimportant. I’m here to tell you, it’s not!
A little daydreaming will allow to imagine different possibilities for your life and your future creative endeavors.
I know that for some people the idea of daydreaming is just too weird for them to do. If that’s you, think of it as brainstorming.
When you have a quiet moment, let your mind wander and start to dream (or brainstorm) about all of the things that could possibly be, even if they seem impossible. Just go with it.
If daydreaming seems completely foreign to you, here are some not so silly things you can daydream about:
- your future home
- your ideal relationship
- designing something
- what you would do if you won the lottery
- visiting a different country
3. Limit Self Judgement
Something that can seriously hold you back creatively is self judgement.
As you were daydreaming up a bunch of new possibilities, did you find yourself editing those dreams along the way? Were you thinking things like, “but I could never do that” or “that’s something other people do, but not me.” You gotta stop!
Those little self judgements will not only hold you back from dreaming up new possibilities, but they will also creep their way into your creative endeavors.
If you decide to take up a creative hobby like painting or sewing, you’ll to have to get comfortable with not knowing what you’re doing sometimes. And, you’ll have to get comfortable with making mistakes. Because you will make mistakes!
If every time you try something new or hard your voice of self judgement says, “I can’t do this,” you’re going to have a harder time succeeding. And, if when you fail it says, “See I knew I could never do this,” you’re going to be much more likely to quit than to try again. And if you quit, you will never realize your creative potential.
Try changing that voice of self judgement from “I can’t do this” to “I can learn how to do this.” We all start out as a beginners. Give yourself grace and create the potential for more creativity in your every day life by limiting self judgement.
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Adding More Creativity to Your Every Day Life
These three baby steps will set you up for a more creative every day life. Everyone has the potential to be creative and these three little mindset shifts will put you on the path to realizing that potential. Start exercising your creative muscle and add more creativity to your every day life!