How to Unlock Your Creativity
You cannot unlock your creativity if you do not have a clear cut understanding of what creativity is and what benefits it carries. Creativity is a propelling force that dwells within each of us, waiting to be harnessed.
It has the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to break barriers and push boundaries, and to shape the world around us.
But what exactly is creativity? Is it a talent reserved for a chosen few, or is it a skill that can be cultivated and nurtured by anyone?
In this blog, we will embark on a journey to explore the essence of creativity, its importance in various aspects of life, and how we can tap into our own creative potential.
What is Creativity?
When the term creativity is mentioned, what comes to the mind of the average person is “big thinking” or “having great ideas”.
However, from my personal study and exploration of the concept of creativity, I would say that creativity is great thinking plus great doing or great idea plus great action.
Great ideas alone cannot produce creativity and the same goes for action.
They must go together in order to unlock creativity because it is a powerful force that goes beyond having brilliant ideas. It involves bringing those ideas to life and transforming them into tangible realities.
Many individuals are filled with visionary ideas but fail to act upon them, preventing their creativity from blossoming.
In order to truly be considered creative, you must give birth to your ideas, allowing the world to benefit from your unique contributions.
Therefore, Creativity is a two-step process involving thinking and producing, and it requires the ability to see the world in new ways, uncover hidden patterns, make connections, and produce innovative solutions.
Benefits of Creativity
I feel like this section needs a separate article in order to do justice to it and provide more insights on this area, so I would not elaborate too much on this.
I just want you to keep in mind that creativity extends beyond the realm of artistic expression; it has far-reaching benefits across various facets of life.
It enhances problem-solving skills, fosters innovation, promotes adaptability, and encourages critical thinking.
Creative individuals often possess heightened self-expression and a greater sense of fulfillment. Furthermore, creativity can enhance overall well-being, providing an outlet for emotions, reducing stress, and promoting personal growth.
The Source of Creativity:
In the year 2018, I began to study creativity as a concept because I discovered there was not much reliable information out there and I felt the need to fill that void.
After consulting different research publications, I had to go back to God to get the true meaning of creativity because what was out there was either half-baked truth or well baked ignorance.
It was then God opened my eyes to the truths that birthed “unlocking your kingdom creativity“, which I published that same year.
Since then I have gone from stage to stage and city to city, teaching and speaking on creativity and because I had received my knowledge and understanding of this from the source, it always came out fresh.
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You see, the truth is we cannot truly understand creativity without considering the God, who first displayed immense creativity to us when He was creating the heavens and the earth.
Did you know that the first time God introduced Himself to the world, He did not do so as the Saviour but as the Creator. No wonder the Bible says that in the beginning God “created”.
Not in the beginning God “saved” or in the beginning God “provided”, even though salvation is fundamental to what we enjoy from God today.
God did not also restrict the ability for creating to Himself. Rather He empowered us with creativity.
In Exodus 31:2-5, God chose Bezaleel and filled him with the Spirit of God, wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to devise creative works.
It will interest you that this is the first portion of the Bible where God filled someone with His Spirit. And it was solely for the purpose of creativity. This passage reveals God’s desire for His people to be creative and inventive in all their endeavors.
If God valued creativity in the wilderness, He certainly desires for you to be even more creative in this technologically driven world.
The creation account in Genesis reveals that creativity begins in the invisible realm and manifests in the visible world through strategic steps. God shared His ideas with the Godhead, blessed them, and spoke them into existence.
This process highlights the importance of articulating ideas, developing strategies, and speaking blessings upon them before they physically materialize.
The Creative Process:
At the core of creativity lies the creative process, a nonlinear journey of exploration and discovery. It begins with inspiration, sparked by curiosity or a problem to be solved.
This initial phase is followed by immersion, where the creator dives deep into research, gathering knowledge and perspectives to inform their work.
Then comes incubation, a period of unconscious processing where ideas marinate, often in the background of our minds. This stage is crucial, as it allows for unexpected connections and breakthroughs to emerge.
Finally, the process culminates in the illumination and verification phases, where the creator has a sudden “aha” moment and brings their ideas to life through experimentation, refinement, and implementation.
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The Scarcity of Creativity:
According to a report from the World Economic Forum, complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity are the top three skills sought by employers across industries and geographies.
This is because even with the advent of automation, its potential for replacing the need for hiring many, and the wave of layoffs this may pose in the global workforce, you cannot automate creativity.
So, the only way for you to stay relevant as a professional and even entrepreneur is to develop your creativity more than ever before.
The global shift toward valuing creativity has already begun, and individuals must adapt strategically to remain relevant.
Creativity is a highly sought-after quality for leaders in various fields, such as military, entertainment, music, sports, business, politics, and ministry.
However, true creativity remains scarce among individuals, organizations, and nations worldwide.
This scarcity poses a significant challenge in the face of a forthcoming industrial revolution that will bring profound changes to the way we work and live.
As artificial intelligence, automation, and other technological advancements disrupt industries, individuals and institutions must unlock their creativity to navigate these changes successfully.
How to Unlock Your Creativity in 5 Steps
While some individuals may appear to be naturally more creative, the truth is that creativity can be nurtured and developed. Here are some strategies to unlock your creative potential:
1. Ask Questions
Stay curious about the world around you. Ask questions, explore different perspectives, and seek out new experiences. Curiosity is the fuel that ignites the creative fire within.
2. Cultivate an Open Mindset
Challenge assumptions and break free from rigid thinking patterns. Embrace ambiguity and uncertainty, as they often lead to innovative solutions.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Experiment
Creativity thrives in an environment that allows for experimentation and embraces failure as a stepping stone to success.
Learn from mistakes and view setbacks as opportunities for growth.
4. Create a Creative Space
Designate a physical or mental space that fosters creativity. Surround yourself with inspiration, whether it be through art, books, or engaging with diverse communities.
5. Collaborate and Seek Feedback
Engage with others who share your passion and collaborate on creative projects. Welcome feedback and diverse perspectives, as they can provide invaluable insights and spark new ideas.
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Creativity is a powerful force that resides within each and every one of us. It is a mindset, a way of seeing and engaging with the world that produces novel actions and creates new vistas.
By embracing curiosity, challenging conventions, and nurturing your creative spirit, you can tap into your innate potential and unlock new realms of possibility.
Let us embark on this journey of self-discovery and harness the magic of creativity to shape a brighter future for ourselves and for generations to come.
By unlocking your creativity, you can solve problems, impact lives, and make a unique difference in your spheres of influence.
The world is evolving rapidly, and creativity is becoming increasingly vital in every field. Be intentional about unlocking your creativity, following the steps of the creative process, and bringing forth innovative ideas that will bless and transform the world.
Remember, creativity begins in the invisible realm and is realized through strategic actions, aligning our efforts with God’s creative purposes. Together, let us unlock our creativity and fulfill our divine calling.