Do you have to be creative to do creative things?
Nope. Not one bit.
Everyone can and does use new ideas and makes new decisions and when they do, they are ‘doing’ creativity. There are other ways, of course. Sprinkle in imagination, express your purpose, live with integrity to find new solutions to the challenge of change, whatever path is important to you, that’s the way to go.
Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, different people ‘do it’ in different ways. The way that’s right for you is the way that’s right for you. When I improvise on a recipe, for example, that’s ‘doing’ creativity. Of course there are scads of techniques, tools and mindsets you can use to bump it up a little or alot.
We are all born from a creative act, so, it’s in our genes. Whether you choose to claim it or not is totally up to you. You know those times when you are in the shower, on the golf course, or driving and those fuzzy notions come to mind, those new ideas that spark your interest, the one’s that make you go, ‘hmmm‘? Rich resource that. Pay attention to the one’s that lift your spirit, that present intriguing insights, open new territories for exploration because they provide a path to your rest, ease, and relief. There’s science behind this, btw, I’m not just making this up.
So, imagine you are just falling asleep and this tremendous insight comes. It’s answer to a challenge you’ve been working on. During the day you use one kind of thinking and go at it with vigour, perhaps feeling frustrated, confused, unclear and determined. Nothing comes. You go at it again and again, using the same kind of thinking, keeping in mind all the restrictions present, why solutions you come to won’t work or aren’t good enough. It’s exhausting, can be demoralizing. It’s worse if there’s pressure to perform.
Then, drifting off to sleep that night, an awareness comes that’s as clear as the cloudless sky. “Of course!” you say to yourself, “that’s it.” The new idea gives utter certainty that a new decision is on it’s way, and you like it. In the morning, it’s gone. The ‘aha’ moment of the night before has vanished totally from memory.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could keep that moment, that notion, that idea? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get to that level of thinking during the day as well, and use it at will? There are techniques for that too. It’s doable. Lot’s of creativity professionals offer up amazingly practical simple ways to access that level of thinking. Meditators do too. And spirit people.
Bottom line: You don’t have to be creative to do creative things. And you do creative things whenever you use new ideas, make new decisions and move forward into the future you want to create.