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Creative Notions

People seem to be under the misconception that only a few are capable of unleashing a steady stream of creative genius. This isn’t true at all. The fact is that creativity is like a muscle that needs to be exercised to consistently deliver great results. If you don’t practice using creative thinking, this ability will atrophy and become non-existent. But if you keep working at it, you’ll soon get a handle on this skill.

So how can you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first step is to become a human leech. By this we don’t mean that you should suck the blood out of every living thing, but that you should absorb as much knowledge as possible. Read everything there is — good and bad – and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know, and the more your capacity to wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed by little facts that add a little color to your life.

Focus on one creative activity each day. Yes, it’s an effort. Even doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything stop you. Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting to unleash a little creative thinking in their lives, it’s helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence that “what I’m doing is making a difference.” So why not give it a try? Practice drawing for a few minutes every day.

Get out your old camera and snap photos like crazy. Keep a diary and write in it diligently. Another cool idea is to describe something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like “wonderful”,” “amazing” and “delicious” Before you know it, you’ll have built up a little portfolio, and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve developed after accumulating all that artwork. Who knows, you might even start liking the things you do every day. Soon enough, these things will become a part of you and you’ll be addicted to these creative exercises.

Think outside the box — or don’t. Sometimes restrictions are actually a good thing. Constraints discipline you to work within your means. They allow you to be more imaginative. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

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