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7 Roadblocks to Creativity and How to Get Around Them

7 Roadblocks to Creativity and How to Get Around Them

We all possess the capacity for creativity. It's a characteristic of humans by nature. The issue is that we hinder our natural inventiveness far too frequently, which causes us to make bad decisions and cause ourselves more issues than necessary. Here are seven techniques to keep the conduits of your natural creativity open.

1. Avoid assuming things. When we make assumptions, we frequently turn "u" and "me" into a "ass." A prime example of sloppy thinking is an assumption. We just don't wait till we have all the facts at hand to draw the appropriate judgments. There is the tale of the customer who cashed a check at the bank, turned to go, and then came back, saying, "Excuse me, I think you made a mistake." I'm sorry, but there's nothing I can do, the cashier replies. You needed to count it. We're no longer in charge once you leave. The client then responds, "Well, okay. I appreciate the $20 extra.

Recommendation: If you find yourself wanting to make judgments, just wait until you have all the facts.

2. Consider things from several perspectives. A fully open mind is one that is willing to acknowledge that other individuals may hold views that are not only equally valid to their own, but even more so. There is a tale that the modernist painter Pablo Picasso once engaged in conversation with a wealthy businessman who was disdainful of modern art while riding a train across Spain. He pulled a picture of his wife out of his wallet and stated, "This is how my wife should look, not in some ridiculous stylized image," as proof that modern art didn't accurately depict reality.

This is your wife, Picasso questioned after taking the picture and giving it some thought. The entrepreneur gladly nodded. She's pretty little, Picasso said wryly.

Advice: Don't monopolize how things are. Not everything is as it seems. Be prepared to take into account diverse viewpoints.

3. Prevent thinking in cycles. Because of what they see in front of them, some people have a tendency to go from being in a very optimistic mood one minute to being in a very bad mood the next. It oscillates up and down, like a yo-yo. It is much healthier to maintain your neutrality and control your emotions.

4. Break Your Thinking Bad Habits. A key obstacle to clear thinking and another instance of sloth is habit. Give this a shot. Ask someone to pronounce the Scottish surnames Macdonald, Macpherson, and Macdougall so you can write them down. See what happens if you add the word "machinery" after them. Most individuals will probably pronounce it incorrectly. This is due to our propensity for habitual thought patterns and dislike for what doesn't make sense.

Remember: Just because something happened in a specific way once doesn't mean it will happen that way again.

Tip: Don’t think that, just because things happened in a certain way once before, that they will happen like that again.

5. Think like a child instead of an old person. According to research, a youngster under the age of two has more synapses—or connections—in their brain than an ordinary adult. This is due to the fact that, unlike children under the age of two, adults have a restricted worldview. It's comparable to a sculptor who builds up a larger-than-needed block of clay before progressively chipping away at it as he shapes the piece. We can truly slow down and even stop the aging of our brains if we use it like a toddler and accept everything without bias.

Tip: Don’t worry about the myth of age. With the right stimulus and a passion for learning, you can actually improve your brain’s powers.

6. Consider both the small details and the big picture. The poem "The Blind Men and the Elephant" by John Godfrey Saxe may be familiar to you. This story describes how six blind Indostani men visit an elephant and each attempt to identify it by touching it. The tusk is touched by one blind guy, the trunk by another, the tail by another, and so on. Naturally, since they are unable to see the entire elephant, they reach radically opposite conclusions.

Try to retain the large picture in your vision as you examine the details. Putting everything in its rightful setting and context will be beneficial.

7. Think independently. Many firms still discourage employees from taking breaks to reflect, favoring busyness over originality. People who work in organizations with limited innovation are more likely to think as they are expected to think, as others think, or as thinking has always been done. It resembles the narrow-minded mentality that Hans Christian Anderson depicts in "The Emperor's New Clothes," one of his stories. The emperor is nude, but no one in the realm wants to see it since they have been tricked into thinking he is wearing a beautiful costume for his coronation.

The only young boy who can recognize the reality and screams, "Look, everyone, the emperor is wearing no clothes," is one who has fallen ill and has not participated in the cultural brainwashing. Advice: Resist having your thoughts shaped by others. Tell people your viewpoint straight when they inquire about it.

You will be astonished by how simple it is to come up with new, original, and creative answers to all of life's issues after you incorporate these 7 approaches into your regular thought processes.