Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Many Shades of Creativity

Creativity is a self-conscious mind activity to think differently or create the novel idea.

Be it an art, a science, a talk, a humor, a different thought.... creativity can be applied in all the field ..if one can develop that skill of thinking differently. There are many shades of creativity.

Creativity is everything that one has seen, felt, touched, dreamed. All our experiences are completely reconfigured in a way that mixes up all of those things. So what you're creating is a new piece of thought that feels familiar but comes at us in a different unusual way. We're empathetic to the new piece because we think we know it,  but we don't because what has been added is a twist. A re-connection of images of thoughts and ideas that spark new thoughts both to ourselves and others. And because we are challenged to put it all together, we appreciate the journey. The greater the journey, the greater the success.

Creativity is about connecting the dots. In life we come across various experiences (exposure to various situations) as colorful dots, the more dots you have, the better chance your mind can connect them freely. How cleverly you connect your dots by leveraging your experiences and finding solution to the problems is creativity. It could be an out of the box thinking. How well you connect the dots could be a wildest sense. But if you train your mind, everyone could practice.

To create something is to capture it. The photographer is not alone in catching something which changes, grows, it is affected by time - but not in the photograph. Picasso caught the marvelous actions of bulls in pen and ink drawings: but they are not alive. The liveliness of the drawings is almost a con. The poet, capturing a thought, a phrase, finishes it by conveying the deep meaning, and then printing it; but the meaning can have multi-dimensional manifestations. There is nothing more excited than to capture such “aha” moment for getting the fresh ideas to fulfill the creative souls, but such moment takes both subconscious and conscious mind crafting.

Without consciousness, there is no creativity. self-conscious would have been a better concept than just 'conscious.' When in the grip of the creative urge, there is no thought of self, no ego, or logic or reason. Consciousness is awareness of the subject you are talking about, your knowledge in the field; Creativity is a thinking process for connecting dots. It could be an out of the box thinking. Consciousness is subjective. Creativity doesn't come automatically. Sometimes you need to think hard. Sometime you just need to let your mind flow, to capture such “aha” moment to get the solution immediately. Creativity is a talent.

Creativity is a mindset: Although artists "adhere to creativity" (indulging in creative acts, and prioritizing creativity as a distinct concept within their lives) in greater degrees than "the average population" does, it is also intrinsic to all of humanity. Although the society, or our social structures having benefited from the byproducts of creativity, it provides little more than a token acknowledgment of the importance of creativity within every person's life and the collective human progress. More often, the creativity gets penalized and the mediocrity gets rewarded.

Creativity clearly comes from "opening" of the mind and focus of one's conscious. It appears that the evolution of the human will have to come from the ease of ignoring distractions, or to become more focused. Creativity generally comes from people who are passionate about their openness and sensitivity; experience slights and anxieties not usually felt by the rest of the population, yet at the same time have the great joy of bringing a new idea, concept to the life. These are people who are more focused on “what’s next” than “look what I did!”  It’s all in the attitude and mind, and it just needs to be nurtured properly. It comes from possibility thinking and solution orientation. For many people, it requires a seamless paradigm shift in thinking from "problem" stickiness & root-cause analysis towards discovering possibilities.

The creativity-innovation scenario: There are necessary requirements and processes of cultivating creativity (the innate capability to create novel ideas), and implementation of innovation (how to transform novel ideas to achieve its business value):
1). Know yourself thoroughly. (try to find a few beliefs and habits which you feel requires creativity )
2). Find the possible alternatives to be adopted.
3). Study the choices and select the best possible implementable alternative.
4). Formulate the strategy to implement, considering your present strengths and weaknesses.
5). Implement with full belief and faith in yourself. This also requires the strategy of doing, check and doing.

Creativity is a symbol of life and all will be blessed with the skill of developing a creative mind, but most of people ignore that; once they get on to creativity then it is an addiction and will not be able get out of that. The creativity naturally presents in a few people, for some it needs to be nurtured more! Just release yourself, appreciate your surroundings with an awe....your creativity will come out....simple but tough. Here is a creative quote from an article to sums up - "People who thrive as creative problem-solvers probably have developed a series of habits that let their brains' neighborhoods talk more freely to each other."


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