When people are asked if they are creative, the answer is generally a resounding YES or a resounding NO. The reality is that many of us fall somewhere in between, because while Creativity is a capacity we all have, it is one that is developed over time. Much like Motor Skills are developed over time, so are the cognitive-emotional skills of Creativity.
Below are 7 Characteristics that can be nurtured and strengthened for enhanced creativity.
It takes a brave person in this day and age to be unafraid to fail. Our society is very focused on perfection and it often inhibits our creativity as we struggle to conform. Thinking independently is also important, but sometimes even that is hindered as we bend our thinking to what others expect of us.
Courage doesn’t happen overnight, but is developed incrementally, as is the confidence in our own abilities and insights that comes with each brave step we take to honor ourselves.
When the going gets tough, and it will…you have to be able to find in yourself unwaning energy and enthusiasm. Difficulties will arise, and your mindset has to be one of tenacity and stick-to-it-iveness so that you finish what you start.
Being open to new ideas and new ways of doing things is essential for developing creativity, as one of the features of creativity is innovation. An awareness of your surroundings and other people can help you be sensitive to a need or opportunity where you can apply your new idea or approach. Sensitivity makes you flexible, and flexibility allows for creative collaboration!
Originality can also be called authenticity. It’s not only about coming up with something unheard of, but by injecting our own personal spin into something, while remaining true to ourselves.
- Good Judgment:
Judgment has everything to do with bringing the imaginative into the real world. It is about recognizing a good idea and its realistic feasibility. Easier said than done, as many ideas were not at all realistic in most people’s minds and yet today we’ve traveled into space, we communicate wirelessly, we manage our lives on a device that fits into our pocket, and so much more.
- Diverse Interests:
There is a creative concept from Einstein called combinatory play which can be described as “act of opening up one mental channel by dabbling in another”. Diverse interests give us more material to combine and play with for creative endeavors.
There is good reason that we creative types always refer to children when it comes to creative development. Children are mostly unfettered with the ruts of bad habits, and the chains of social expectation. While they might say something off-colored that makes us blush, it is for that same reason that they can so freely be themselves and play.
You can integrate goals for these 7 characteristics into your Art Making Practice and keep a journal over time to see how things develop for you in each of these areas!