Creativity is a skill sought after by just about everyone. Whatever your discipline, job, career, endeavors, etc. You not only need it to further enhance your success, you want it, you crave it.
And why shouldn’t you? All of our favorite characters from stories show at least a hint of creativity and imagination whether it be their perspective on the world, the way they solve difficult problems, or their everyday dealings with other people.
Here is the simple (but not easy) two step method to increase your imagination.
Step 1: Dive In….Deep
I won’t lie to you, this first step is difficult. Out of your mind hard.
It should be. Getting creative is valuable because it is tough to get. Some people seem to be born with it naturally, others work diligently, but really, extremely great imaginations are a rare thing.
So what needs to be done?
Gather! Knowledge. Experience. Know-How. Wisdom. About whatever it is you want to be creative in.
Read every book you can on the topic. Find every Youtuber that talks about it. Take part in forum discussions online.
Seminars. Magazines. College Courses. Anything you can think of in order for you to become more of an expert on that topic.
This will be the least creative process you have ever taken part in. You will feel your mind deaden while reading page after page of boring and minute details.
And don’t forget to get in the trenches yourself and do work. Experience will be the true driver of your eventual creative transformation.
You see, without depth to your expertise, creativity is not possible.
In order to create novel ideas, expressions, and solutions to problems you have to have the background information necessary to make new connections come alive…and make sense to boot.
But let’s say that you’ve got this all down.
You are the master. The go-to person for everyone’s solutions. The Expert.
Step 2: Get Away
You’ve dove in. Made your way to the bottom of the pool.
But the pressure is hard on your head and if you have to explain to your coworkers one more time that the CD Drive is not a cup holder you may be liable to go all Office Space on the printer, but instead of a printer it’s Dave from Accounting.
So it’s time to get out. Go dry off. Take some time to sunbathe in the sun and relax.
…when it comes to moments of insight, it’s important to approach a problem with a relaxed state of mind.
Taking a break from the problem at hand and relaxing your mind does something that speaks to the creativity gods themselves: It sets your mind on a voyage and releases your thinking to reach new places.
In short, you daydream, which has a profound probability to give you some new ideas.
Don’t go too far though. Keep your problems in the back of your mind, but don’t worry about them too much. You will be more likely to think of something that connects with your current problem and it may be something no one has ever thought of before.
The Back and Forth
In order to be creative you need to set up a foundation by which the creativity is possible.
Your mind is an ocean.
Fill this ocean with water. Islands. Some animal life. Throw in some fancy restaurants.
Build, build and build that mind. Create an ocean that is both vast and deep. Then relax and let your thoughts drift through that enriched world you have created.
You may find some very interesting things.