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How To Master Your Creativity
How To Master Your Creativity

How to Master Your Creativity

One may wonder, “can you really master your creativity?” Creativity is a superpower that resides within each of us, waiting to be awakened and harnessed.

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, a writer, an entrepreneur, or simply someone seeking to tap into your creative potential, mastering your creativity can unlock a world of endless possibilities.

Creativity is a skill that can be cultivated and mastered with consistent effort and practice. Just like any other skill, it progresses through different levels of competence.

Understanding these levels in the journey towards true mastery can empower you to unlock your creative potential like a superhero. Let us explore the five levels of creative competence and provide insights on how to achieve true mastery in creativity.

1. Unconscious Incompetence: Igniting Awareness

The first, known as unconscious incompetence, is when you don’t know what you don’t know.

For example, you might not even be aware of the fact that something like creativity exists or applies to you. So you’re not aware that you are currently capable of being creative.

You may not be aware that creativity is a powerful tool that can be harnessed to solve problems for you, around you and to create innovative solutions.

To progress from this stage, start by acknowledging that creativity exists and recognize its relevance in your life. Cultivate an open mindset and curiosity to explore the possibilities of creativity.

2. Conscious Incompetence: Embracing Learning

In the second stage, you become aware of your lack of knowledge and skills in creativity. In other words, you are aware of what you don’t know.

For example, you’re aware that people have learned to ignite their creativity, solve problems and innovate much faster through “creativity techniques”, but you yourself have not had any training in this area, nor do you understand what tools are necessary to become a creative.

If you belong here, I encourage you to acknowledge that you can learn to be more creative and that there is room for growth and improvement.

Seek out resources, courses, books, or mentors who can guide you in developing your creative abilities. If you’d like, grab a free copy of my upcoming book titled “ignite your creativity”, click here.


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Embrace the learning process and understand the tools and techniques required to become truly creative.

3. Conscious Competence: Active Application

The third stage signifies the conscious application of your creative skills. You have acquired the knowledge and techniques, but it requires deliberate effort and focus to tap into your creativity.

What this means is that you are aware of a skill and have the capacity to perform that skill but only when you actively put your mind to it.

You can do it but it takes work. If  this is where you are in your journey, you could level up by regular practice and consistently engaging in creative exercises and activities.

Apply different strategies and approaches to problem-solving, brainstorming, and idea generation. With time and practice, creativity becomes more accessible and fluid.

4. Unconscious Competence: Becoming a Creative Superhero

At the fourth stage, creativity becomes second nature to you. It becomes an integral part of your thought process and problem-solving approach. You effortlessly tap into your creative reserves without conscious effort.

With creativity, you would reach the point of unconcious competence when this simply becomes the way you function.

You’re not making yourself create solutions faster, you’re just doing so.Just the way you are typing or driving without deliberate attention, you now display creativity without deliberate effort.

This level of mastery comes with continuous practice, experience, and an ingrained creative mindset.

Embrace creativity as a natural part of your being and trust in your ability to generate unique and innovative ideas.

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5. True Mastery: The Infinite Journey

True mastery goes beyond unconscious competence. It is a lifelong commitment to growth and continuous improvement.

At this stage creativity is not just second nature to you but it has become first nature to you to display creativity at an elite level if that makes sense.

Embrace the mindset of a creative superhero and always strive to push your creative boundaries.

Seek out new challenges, explore different art forms, collaborate with other creative minds, and constantly expand your creative repertoire.

Remember that creativity has infinite potential, and by mastering it, you unlock endless possibilities.

Steps to Master Your Creativity

1. Discover Your Creative Identity:

Discovering and embracing your creative identity is the first step on the path to mastery. Do not try to copy others or be like others in a bid to harnessing your creativity. Reflect on your passions, interests, and natural talents.

What forms of creative expression resonate with you the most? Whether it’s painting, writing, photography, or any other medium, identify your unique creative calling and embrace it wholeheartedly.

2. Cultivate a Growth Mindset:

Adopting a growth mindset is essential for mastering your creativity. Embrace the belief that creativity can be developed and enhanced through practice and learning.

Embrace challenges, learn from setbacks, and view failures as stepping stones towards growth.

With a growth mindset, you’ll approach your creative journey with resilience and a thirst for continuous improvement.

3. Nurture a Creative Environment:

Your environment plays a significant role in shaping your creative abilities. Create a dedicated space that inspires and nurtures your creativity. Surround yourself with inspiring artwork, books, and objects that ignite your imagination.

Minimize distractions and ensure your creative space is conducive to focused and uninterrupted creative work.

4. Embrace Diverse Experiences:

Expand your creative horizons by embracing diverse experiences. Engage in activities outside of your comfort zone, explore new places, and seek out different perspectives. Expose yourself to various art forms, cultures, and ideas. This can boost your creative skills immensely.

The more diverse your experiences, the richer your creative palette becomes, enabling you to think outside the box and generate truly innovative ideas.

5. Practice Regularly:

Consistent practice is the key to mastering any skill, and creativity is no exception. Set aside dedicated time for creative practice on a regular basis. Make creativity a non-negotiable part of your routine.

Whether it’s writing, sketching, or brainstorming ideas, regular practice will sharpen your creative muscles and unlock new depths of imagination.

Conclusion: Creative Mastery

Mastering creativity is a journey that begins with awareness, progresses through learning and practice, and culminates in unconscious competence.

By embracing the stages of competence and adopting a superhero mindset, you can unlock your inner creative potential and become a true master of creativity. Embrace the adventure, unleash your creativity, and let it guide you to new horizons of innovation and self-expression.

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Iredafe is a creativity coach, author, and software engineer with a passion for unlocking creative potential and inspiring individuals to master the business of their creativity.

He is an author of 17+ books based in Canada. He speaks, writes books and blogs on topics of utmost interest which includes Creativity, 4D Thinking, Problem Solving, Authorpreneurship, and Kingdom.