How to use creativity in personal development
Have you ever been in a situation where a certain technique or method works for everyone but not you?
Do you think you can’t be helped?
Let me introduce you to Creativity.
What is creativity
Creativity can mean different things to different people.
The English Oxford Dictionary defines Creativity as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. In other words, inventiveness.
Creativity is the way you can make yourself comfortable; how you are solving challenges in a whole new way. It is generally the ability to create new solutions.
Is creativity a skill
A good number of people think creativity is a skill, but I believe it has two sides – it is Internal and can also be improved by learning.
This has been debated for centuries but that’s not why we are here. So we are not going to dwell too much on it.
But here is why we need to establish if creativity is a skill or not or both
If it is a skill, it means only those who learn it will be able to use creativity to make changes in their life.
Just imagine if something is working for everyone except me, it means i will not be able to solve the puzzle for myself if i didn’t have creativity in my skill set.
But i like the way a journalist and author named Esther Wojcicki put it.
She said creativity is a mindset – a way you look at life.
Creativity to me is a necessity.
Creativity is a skill because the more you use your creativity, the better you become at it.
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Albert Einstein said that…
Edward de Bono also said that
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
Why do you need creativity on your personal development journey
Everyone wants to grow, create, and grow again in whatever aspect of life that interests them.
Personal development is centered around how you can be better physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and so on. It is about growth and improvement. Just like someone said that the day you stop growing is the day you start dying.
Creativity also on the other hand is the use of imagination to make things suit you. It is how to solve challenges using new ways. It is a combination of fun and hard work.
On your journey to personal development, you must always have your creativity with you. Don’t ever leave it behind.
You will get to understand this fully in a bit but before then,
Let me ask again
Have you ever come across a solution that works for everyone but not you?
Maybe you read healing books, practiced yoga techniques, indulged in several personal development activities, and even created routines that were perfect for others except you?
You tried it several times but it still didn’t work. You might have even though it is a generation curse. Some even conclude that they were born that way or that life is not fair to them.
But that’s not true.
The thought that you feel you can’t be helped is not true, but being helpless a few times is okay.
That’s why you need creativity.
When faced with such a situation, just know that people are different and what works for someone might not work for you.
How do you apply CREATIVITY in PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Having the mindset or feeling to develop in whatever area of your life is great. There are several areas of personal development.
For instance, mental development is obviously centered on growing your mind. Most individuals would probably be recommended to read a book, enroll in a related class, practice some skills and so many more. What if you’ve tried all those but, still none worked for you?
What do you do?
Use your imagination.
Learn from my story
I was once an introvert. Not that it’s a bad thing but, I felt the need to break out from that covering. I was so shy that I could barely start a conversation with anyone even when I needed their help on something.
I wanted to be able to walk on the streets and have about five people say hi to me. Actually, I just wanted to be known, feel comfortable around people, and have them feel the same.
So, I read books that might help boost my confidence, practiced public speaking skills, and indulged in activities that would help bring about social development. But still, I wasn’t able to just have a normal conversation without being shy and feeling like I should disappear.
I love writing; i love music and I love to draw. Just so you know, I have a pretty good taste for music.
I was good at writing but I was bad at drawing.
How can someone loves drawings but couldn’t draw?
Back to my story
So, there was a certain lady in my school, she was a great writer. I have always wanted to be friends with her but as you know, Ms. Shyness would always kick in. I kept struggling with myself and searching for techniques that might help. I just needed that new answer that I’d stumble on as it happens in movies.
Answers came but none worked for me.
I know it’s normal for people to make friends easily or just randomly greet a stranger but it wasn’t that way for me.
I told myself I had to break out from this no matter what. I needed to come up with my own solution, and I needed the best writer in school to be my friend. I had the mindset that, if I could just attempt to do what I suck most at, then that’s a big step.
I had these words ringing in my head when I made that decision.
“what’s the worse that could happen”
Guess what I did?
I got to school and made up my mind to approach her and at least, say hi or anything.
She had just released another story. So, my approach was to meet her, congratulate or compliment her work. That was a big step but, you know what?
I DID IT!!!
It didn’t go smoothly though, and I still felt like disappearing. But in the end, my first step was a success, because, after that, she invited me to her book club.
Trust me, I got home feeling like one of the Avengers. I started coming up with creative ideas and what I would do or say when we meet at the book club. I thought about music, writing, movies, and my love for drawing brought up ways to start a conversation with her and her clique.
Finally, we got close. Her music taste is different from mine but, she liked my playlist. We talked about so many things.
We eventually started meeting often, in school, at home, at the book club, and we even hang out just for fun. She and her friends helped me break out, they advised me, took me out, and all sorts. I felt really comfortable around the girls and I loved it.
Well, the best writer in school is now my best friend. We studied for exams together, did home works and traveled home for holidays together.
I’m so proud I did this.
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What kills creativity
A quote by Mary Lou says
Some of the killers of creativity include
- Lack of inspiration.
- Low self-esteem.
How to remain creative
- Be innovative.
- Be inquisitive. Ask questions. Understand the principles behind something.
- Be sure of who you are. Find your voice.
- Always believe in what you’re good at.
- Crave for change and development.
- Make use of your imagination.
Feeling helpless in a certain situation can be disturbing. Having to come up with your own solution can be difficult. But make sure to use your imagination.
CREATE YOUR HAPPINESS.
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WRITER: Elizabeth Mcwealth