Friday, November 16, 2018

Get “Out of Fear” to Boost Creativity

In the digital age, a “fearless” mind has open-minded thinking, bold perspectives, and courage to be creative.

Creativity is about connecting unusual dots. Every person has the ability to be creative, just tearing down the mental barriers they have, or understanding the emotion they experience and tapping in their inherent abilities. Fear has always been one of the major obstacles to be creative--fear of failure, fear of loss of control, fear of being different, etc. Fear can paralyze an individual to do nothing or become a manipulated mentality to spur negative emotions and stifle creativity. How to get “out of fear” to boot creative energy?

Openness: Do not be afraid to say what we think or make a fool. The ideas come and go and, above all, we must instead leave them free, creativity is just like the fountain flow from the within; do not be afraid to say what we think or make a fool. Be fooled if we must, and get out of the "fear" that blocks our own genius, learn how to liberate the imagination and come up with a new approach to the world. Being creative means you need to get used to stepping outside that old box to unfamiliar territory, you discover and explore your own path. Fundamentally creativity is about changes, to pursue a progress or discover a better way to do things.

Inquisitiveness: Dare a little to ask "Why" or "Why not," is a critical step to spur creativity. Creative people not only ask deep “WHY”s to diagnose the root cause of problems but also ask the open-ended questions such as “WHY NOT” or “What If” to spur creativity, to break down “we always do things like that” mentality and discover innovative ways to do things. They refuse to be bound by constraints and limitations and a pursuit of possibilities rather than impossibilities. Innovation requires thinking beyond, as opposed to outside the box, altering or changing the frame of reference to create previously unconsidered solutions. It is imperative for improving the organization's culture to one that is more innovative, inspires creativity, celebrates or allows failure. If failure is inevitable, fail fast, and fail forward.

Courage: Fear of consequences stifles creativity. It takes courage to get out of fear for releasing creative energy. Creativity is indispensable because it is about breaking down conventional wisdom -where you have left the confines of other people's thoughts, a certain mental, psychological, and conditional chemistry is needed to break-away from thoughts that others have thought about. Thinking outside the box is all about "rule breaking"; the more "unruly" you are, the more creative you become. After breaking the outdated rules, you are "outside the box." Creativity requires a certain tolerance for and acceptance of failure, which is more than just risk tolerance, it’s courage.

In the digital age, a “fearless” mind has open-minded thinking, bold perspectives, and courage to be creative. It takes confidence and intelligence to overcome the “fear of failure” - although it comes dressed in many disguises. Innovators need to rise above the status quo and take on a new set of activities that have them involved in the innovation process from the get-go and push the business and the world forward.


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