Why are so few people highly creative?
There are so many things that crush the CREATIVE pathways in our brain. I have put some of these things together for us to learn and probably find a way to start thinking again. Everyone can b creative. It only requires you putting your brain to good use and I am aware that our levels of creativity differ just like our INTELLIGENT QUOTIENT. Some of the things that will impede your creativity are: THE EXPERT SYNDROME: This a big problem in any field where there are lots of gurus who tell you their secrets of success. It’s wise to listen, but foolish to follow without question. Some of the most successful people in the world did what others told them would never work. They knew something about their own idea that even the gurus didn’t know. Every path to success is different in a way. We all have something that uniquely works for us. FAILURE PHOBIA: We all want to succeed. No one wants to make mistakes or fail. But if you try too hard to avoid failure, you will also avoid success. It has been said that to increase your success rate, you should aim to make more mistakes. In other words, take more chances and you will succeed more often. Those few really great ideas you come up with will more than compensate for all the dumb mistakes you make. AMBIGUITY PHOBIA: Life is not neat and tidy. There are some things you will never understand and some problems you will never solve. Most great creative ideas emerge from a swirl of chaos. You must develop a part of yourself that is comfortable with mess and confusion. You should become comfortable with things that work even when you don’t understand why. WHEN CONFIDENCE IS ABSENT: You must have confidence in your abilities in order to create and carry out effective solutions to problems. When you understand that ideas often seem crazy at first, that failure is just a learning experience, and that nothing is impossible, you are on your way to becoming more confident and more creative. Instead of dividing the world into the possible and impossible, divide it into what you have tried and what you haven’t tried. There are a million pathways to success.
DISCOURAGEMENT FROM OTHER PEOPLE: Even if you have a wide-open mind and the ability to see what’s possible, most people around you will not. They will tell you in various and often subtle ways to conform, be sensible, and not rock the boat. Ignore them. The path to every victory is paved with predictions of failure. And once you have a big win under your belt, all the naysayers will shut their noise and see you for what you are — a creative force to be reckoned with. BEING OVERWHELMED BY INFORMATION:
It’s called “analysis paralysis,” the condition of spending so much time thinking about a problem and cramming your brain with so much information that you lose the ability to act. It’s been said that information is to the brain what food is to the body. True enough. But just as you can overeat, you can also overthink.
Every successful person I’ve ever met has the ability to know when to stop collecting information and start taking action. So these are some of the factors that can impede your creative ability. We are all products of our experiences.
Be open to anything. Step outside your comfort zone. Consider how those in unrelated areas do what they do. What seems impossible today may seem surprisingly doable tomorrow.
If you recognize some of these problems in yourself, don’t fret. In fact, rejoice! Knowing what’s holding you back is the first step toward breaking down the barriers of creativity.
How about you? Which of these outlined factors has been hardest on your creativity? Let us know in the comments how you have handled it.
Be motivated! Be inspired!! Be enlightened!!!