How can you prepare yourself to effortlessly engage in creative thinking

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At any given moment, things could shift. What will you do when that happens?

Creative thinking can help when things look murky.

 


What is creative thinking?


Let’s talk about what creative thinking is.

When do you find yourself in flow? I feel that noticing when you are in flow is a major part of learning to think creatively. You have to realize what your personal way of getting into flow actually is. You have to find out if you don’t already know.

Here is Wikipedia on flow:

In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

‘In essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one’s sense of time…. Flow is the melting together of action and consciousness; the state of finding a balance between a skill and how challenging that task is. It requires a high level of concentration; however, it should be effortless…. 

‘Flow is used as a coping skill for stress and anxiety when productively pursuing a form of leisure that matches one’s skill set.’

 


‘How can I cultivate creative thinking?’


It is best if you can stay open, no matter what, for whatever might land near about you, to consider without prejudice.

To see it. To notice. Anything is possible, when you free yourself from existing, limited, rigid fixed belief systems.

Thinking creatively starts with listening.

  • Listening out for the new, and asking yourself to go outside your usual lines of thinking, to me, is what makes a persona creative.
  • Being open to the possibility of being changed by what you hear is the very definition of listening; creativity starts there.
  • Listening for the new.
  • Listening for what isn’t in your own belief system. Cultivating self-awareness to know when you and the new are in conflict. Being okay with conflict.

Growing as a result of pushing the edge of what is ‘interesting’ and accommodating new viewpoints and maybe, who knows, even becoming influenced by that which was never before a possibility, in your mind.

Speaking of possibilities, brainstorming is a great tool. The authors at Indeed write, in a post about creative thinking:

‘Listen to those around you. Your team members can often assist you in creating new methods when you experience a particular challenge. 

‘You can arrange regular brainstorming sessions in which your team addresses different obstacles during each meeting.

‘These brainstorming sessions can improve not only your creative-thinking skills but also your active listening and communication skills.’ 

 

Creativity begin with openness

Let’s say you did this: You got out of your box. You found flow. You could accept new inputs. You started to see new angles on things. You are now thinking creatively.

The next step is to do something with it. Action.

But that’s also a subject for a different day. To do something with that input is of course another step, that’s making.

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