Study found that creativity is not based on natural ability…

Have you ever wanted to be more creative?  You look at an art piece or new invention and wonder, “How can anyone think to create something like that?”  Well, maybe you can be more creative.  A recent journal article published on creativity found that it is not necessarily natural ability that allows you to be creative, but rather the ability to let go of what is rational.  Based on this study and other observations here are some ways that you can be more creative.

  1. Forget what you know.  Creativity is hindered in most people because of they already know.  They have had experiences in life that taught them certain “laws” and those laws cant be broken.  Walt Disney created a billion dollar brand when he forgot that mice couldn’t talk.  The most creative people are those who look at a process, and challenge why it is done that way.  Whatever space you are trying to be creative in forget how its always been done and try looking at it from a new perspective.  Go back to this place often while innovating and being creative.
  2. Don’t stay on task.  A time of creative thinking and innovation is not a test in productivity; it is a time to let your mind wander and let thoughts find you.
  3. Break the rules (in theory at least).  Rules are created for limitations and to promote safety.  Rules are a necessity, and without rules life would be a dangerous and deadly place.   In theory though some rules are ok to break.  Use a white board or large poster board and write out what you are trying to accomplish and the rules that are holding you back. Then rewrite the rules to fit the goal and then “reverse think” how it will all work and come together.

I hope this helps in your endeavor to be more creative.

Love and Peace,

Morgan Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: On Being Found: How Habitual Patterns of Thought Influence Creative Interest, Behavior, and Ability Author: Paul Verhaeghen, Alexandra N. Trani, Shelley N. Aikman Publication: Creativity Research Journal Publisher: Taylor & Francis Date: Jan 2, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Rutledge

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It doesn’t really matter…

I am not a beach lover and neither is my wife.  I know, I know, some of you think its heresy, but she doesn’t like water and I hate sand.  Therefore, we never choose to go to the beach on vacation.  We both dislike the beach but if given the chance we would rather be on the beach together than in our favorite place separately.  Why?  Because it doesn’t really matter about the place…its all about the company.

Choosing the right company makes the worst place seem great, and choosing the wrong company will make the best place seem terrible.

Love and Peace,

Morgan Lee

P.S. So why do we choose the beach?  We don’t anymore, but I had a job that sent me there and plus my kids love it so on occasion…we go.

Starting Over

I love the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic.  The lyrics, “every new begining comes from some other begining’s end” rings true in all of our lives.

Every day begins when the previous one ends; and so do opportunities.  We often decide to hold on too long to the “something” because we don’t want it to end or we are afraid of what the new begining might be.  Here are some ways that I combat that feeling myself and embrace change and new beginnings.

  1. Realize that this new begining may be temporary and might be a good stepping stone to a better life.  The best opportunities in my life and I’m sure yours, have come when something that you originally thought was “great” came to an end.
  2. Put things in prospective of short term, long term and life long.  My wife and I make decisions in our life based on how this decision will impact our family in relation to time.  Will it impact us this year, or have an impact on our family in five years or will it alter our life long existence.  (This really helps when it comes to how we spend our weekends, we know that the lifelong impact of spending time with family is more important than a few hours of overtime.)
  3. Find change before it finds you.  It’s no secret that humanity hates change.  Proactively seeking changes and being aware of changes that are in your future makes embracing those changes much easier.

I hope these tips help and don’t ever be afraid of starting over.

With love and peace,

Morgan Lee