Did you know that all of us are born creative?
As little kids, we’re most probably at the peak of creativity. But as we get older, that natural creativity is often dampened.
It doesn’t have to be that way though.
There’s a number of ways to regain that “lost” creativity when you need it. Here are four to start you off:
1. Let Your Dreams Do the Work for You (or Take a Nap)-The night before you need to do something creative, say to yourself, “I will dream about how I want this project to look” or “I will dream about what steps I need to take for a work idea.” Chances are, your subconscious will do the work for you and you’ll wake up knowing what to do.
The contact with the subconscious you get even when you nap makes a creative receptacle for new ideas to hatch and take hold
2. Stop Trying to Have a Great Idea-Ideas are born in the creative right side of the brain. When you tell yourself to come up with ideas, you’re actually using the logical, left side. So the next time you need a great idea, take a break from thinking about anything. Just go for a long drive, just relax with a cup of coffee, watch TV , read a book for awhile, putter around cleaning or take a short walk (Did you know that moderate exercise will improve creativity by 25%? That’s because moderate exercise boosts blood flow to the brain; this helps rev up the brain synapses that help you to be creative. Any type of exercise will do, so you can also swim, dance, etc).
As a result, your creative right side will “kick in” very soon.
3. Do Something That’s Fun-Why will this help you? Because when you’re having a good (or great!) time, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which releases creativity.
4. Change Your Routine-When you’re stuck in a day-to-day rut, your thoughts tend to get stuck in a rut, too. But by altering your routine in even a small way-like taking a different way home, serving a new meal, working on (and getting the bugs out of) new electronic equipment, or even learning one new thing every day for a year (or two), your brain and thought processes will become re-energized.
Undoubtedly hard work and creativity are essentials, but stubbornness (or as I like to call it, “sheer determination”), objectivity and resilience are just as important.
According to Henry Sedgewick, co-author of the “New Venture Handbook”, entrepreneurs have to be stubborn because people will try to get them away from their projects. Objectivity is crucial because entrepreneurs have to be realistic and face unpleasant tasks. And they’ll need the ability to bounce back (resilience), because every business (old or new) has had-or will have-a crisis.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 2.1 million Spanish-speakers in America who are not fluent in English. If you have a business website, consider also launching a Spanish-language version. Not only will you reach these consumers, you’ll also reach the 35.5 million Americans who speak both English and Spanish.
Hammock task-An easy assignment that requires little work or effort.
Above-bored-Engaging in mildly deceptive behavior or pulling pranks to liven up the office.
Sources: “Making It On Your Own” by Sarah and Paul Edwards and Tech section-”Online’Trep”, “Tech Tools“ , and Culture section-”Life“-Entrepreneur magazine, Nov. 2013 and Oct. 2013