Lunges & push ups for the creative brain
Still convinced creative thinking is not for you? Don’t sweat it! In this article, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks so you can train your creative muscle - the mind.
You don’t have to reinvent the dumb bells
Another misconception is that your mind should be a creative engine, ceaselessly spitting out original ideas. But the truth of the matter is that you can only be truly original every so often. Humankind has been around for a while and during our time here, our insatiable curiosity has driven us to dream up, develop and test any remotely interesting thought that has floated into our minds. That makes it rather difficult to come up with ideas that are fresh and unexpected.
There’s good news though. You don’t always need to go to extraordinary lengths to blow people’s socks off. An equally effective - and far less strenuous technique - is to steal and creatively adapt. To be clear, we’re not talking plagiarism here. But many ideas have already been put out there. By refining them or putting a new spin on them, you can come up with some brilliant creative concepts.
Shift your focus
Another piece of advice is to practice divergent thinking. This involves stimulating creativity by thinking up as many different solutions as you can. Only once you’ve let your imagination run wild, you can review your ideas according to what's actually feasible. Another top tip is to really take to heart the open-mindedness intrinsic to divergent thinking. That means that you should be open to all kinds of ideas, and not get too attached to any of them either.