Since grade school, I synonymized the term artist with creative. Although there are mutual characteristics that fall under these terms, to be creative does not exactly mean you have to be an artist. So, for a long time I believed that because I was not naturally gifted in things like drawing and painting, or drawing stick figures for that matter, I never bothered to explore my personal artistic talent or creativity.
“Amongst scholarly researchers, it is acknowledged that creativity is one of the most crucial human traits.” Balder is PhD and creativity researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the founder of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity.
What I have come to understand and believe, is that everyone is creative. EVERYONE. In fact, creativity is intentional as well as accidental. There are ways one can actively increase their levels of creativity too!
“Growing up makes us less creative. Therefore we have to re-learn creativity, and luckily there are multiple ways to do so,” says Balder Onarheim, PhD.
Creativity thrives in all of us. It makes an appearance when we are doing the most mundane tasks of our daily routine to the complex projects we are tasked to complete a work. Often, we don’t recognize it because our understanding of creativity is flawed, and we accuse creativity of being a distraction masked in strange and silly ideas.
Have you ever washed the dishes or showered when the strangest idea pops into your head? Brainblast! We all have certainly experienced this moment. I know I have. There are too many to count.
Are you now convinced you’re creative too? If you’re not convinced, good luck! (Just kidding, read my next blogpost though.)
If you are convinced, would you like to take the first step to increase your level of creativity? Okay, here’s a tip: turn off your phone and take a walk outside. Embrace everything around you, take deep breaths, daydream, and I guarantee some of the best (and sometimes strangest) ideas will just come to you. That’s creativity. It is intentional.
If you find yourself wanting to expand your toolkit and become more creative, I encourage you to watch this TEDx talk by Balder Onarheim, PhD.
“Creativity is not just about art – it is one of the most crucial human traits. It lies at the heart of innovation, thus it is not a superficial skill but a necessity for human survival.”
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