it or not, think it or not, We are all born
Just look at little children. When they are
little, they play around with whatever they
can their hands on. They explore, they experiment,
they investigate, they feel - they actually
learn what the world is really like.
And then they are sent to school. The moment
they enter school, children are expected to
conform to strict rules of behavior and to be
socialized and to conduct themselves by doing
things the "right" way. What's more,
most learning in the classroom is obsessed also
with finding the "right" answer.
They are literally taught how not to be creative.
It was Neil Postman, an educator, who lamented,
"Children enter schools as question marks
and leave as periods."
Once we go out to work, we are again being bombarded
with all kinds of rigid rules and regulations
that go by the names of company policies, workflow
procedures, job processes, and work systems.
All these are necessary but they have the inevitable
consequence of stifling our innate creative
So what's the solution?
It's time you reversed these negative effects
and take charge of your own life. The first
essential step is to come to a realization that
YOU are creative and that you can learn how
to be more creative all over again! Research
studies have shown that the main difference
between people who are creative and those who
are not is that the creative folks thought of
themselves as creative and those who did not
think so, remain uninnovative.
Two very powerful creative thinking techniques
that you can adopt today are creative self-affirmation
Begin saying to yourself positive statments
of affirmation. Affirm yourself by exclaiming,
"I am creative. I am the most creative
person at home! I am the most creative employee
at the workplace! I can come up with brilliant
ideas if I want to! I will be very successful
in what I do!"
In fact, take time to write these affirmation
of yourself down in big bold prints on a card,
drawing paper or create a poster out of them.
Put it in a place that you can view every day
whether it's in your home or your office. Let
the positive statments serve as a constant reminder
of your creative nature.
And before you know it, you will be pleasantly
surprised to discover that you are unleashing
the creative genius inside you and setting it
free to create new things and generating brilliant
Picture Yourself Creative
Creative people are known for their ability
to visualize and picture themselves creating
all the time.
Spend time painting a picture of yourself being
at your best and being creative in a situation.
You could be seeing yourself presenting to an
audience with confidence and finesse, playing
your favorite sport with lots of fun and laughter,
or undertaking a work or school project with
such flair and control.
What is most important is that we are able to
visualize yourself doing a task and experiencing
the feelings and emotions associated with being
creative and successful.
And once you are able to do this, you can call
upon your memory to recall at will all the wonderful
feelings related to being creative. You will
then be able to repeat the same delightful creative
outputs over and over again.
Start with yourself and embark on your journey
to becoming a creative genius!
About the Author
Patrick Chan is a creativity trainer, a bestselling
author, and a full-time puzzler. His unorthodox
creative thinking techniques, icebreakers, and
learning systems have since intrigued hundreds
of audience including teachers and educators
alike who attended his presentations and seminars.
He continues to mesmerize hundreds of people
from all over the world every day by his amazingly
mind-boggling brain teasers and visual icebreakers
via his web site at http://www.wordjuxtapoz.com.
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