'Creativity' - what does it mean to you?

When you hear the word 'Creativity, what does it mean to you?

Do you say to yourself? - “I’m not very creative, I wish I was …”

Well I believe you are creative and each and everyone of us is 'creative' too, ..... remind yourself that creativity is not just about being artistic.  Many people link creativity to 'The Arts' which to a certain degree it is as this is the most common area that the word 'creative' is found.  However.... it is not the only area of creativity that exists.....in fact there are so many misconceptions about 'creativity', but today I will briefly touch on 3. (We can go into others on another day).

Myth 1: To be creative you need to be right-brained.

Have you ever heard people say that they tend to be more of a right-brain or left-brain thinker? 

Most of us usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. We expect them to just show up without cultivating them and we often get frustrated when they don’t show up when we need them.

Well the good news is that it turns out cultivating ideas is a process, and one that we can all practice to produce more and better ideas. So we can all tap into this stage of creativity.  

When people say that they are not creative because they are more left- brained we can safely say that this is incorrect and creativity is much more of a complex idea than just that.

MYTH 2: The eureka moment

Sometimes when we think of creativity we think that there will be a moment of 'aha - Eureka'.  That moment does happen but it is the result of hard work which leads up to that aha moment.  We just have to look at Steve Jobs as an example, Steve had obviously culminated many big ideas, however there was an awful lot of behind the scenes thinking and hard work on a problem. His thinking would have been given time to incubate in the subconscious mind and the threads would have been connected 'before' the ideas pop out as new eureka-like innovations.  So in other words, start cultivating your idea now, plant the seed and be prepared to work!

MYTH 3: Creativity is in the Genes.

Creativity is not necessarily passed on in the genes and it is not a gift from the muses either, thinking this way is a from a fixed mindset. We’re all cut from largely the same cloth, with the same ability to generate ideas and to creative potential is inside of every- one. You just have to walk through a primary school class and observe the creativity in every young student. They make creativity a part of their play. Creativity is a skill that can be developed and improved with the right practice and techniques.

So start to think differently - we are all full of amazing ideas and potential.