“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
Do you think only distinctly clever people are creative?
No. It’s a myth! Actually, “the threshold hypothesis,” research model proposed by Ellis Paul Torrance demonstrated the fact that once you get past an I.Q. of about 120 (i.e. average+), cleverness and creativity aren’t seems to be connected in any way. That entails that though you’re no brighter than many folks, you however have the capacity to exert incredible creative potential.
If that’s the case, why are very few of us have blessed with uber-creative powers?
See, there are few blockades that wreck the creative trails in the brain. And like every problems, they can be fixed if you are eager to figure it out.
Here are seven of the most awful creativity roadblocks you need to be aware of that might stand between your vision and success.
1. Seeking perfection and the Fear of failure
Seeking perfection in everything you do can be a number one creativity killer. It’s common that we don’t want to commit any errors and inevitably like to fail. But eventually, whenever you try to seek perfection in your work, strive extra hard to evade disappointment, and the fear of it, you’ll also keep away from achievement.
We all know that Thomas Edison failed about 10,000 times while he was inventing the light bulb (fine, first commercially practical incandescent light)! When people suggested him to give up this project, he come back with this gem, “I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….”
This kind of approach separates an ordinary man from the extraordinary one. They’re not blessed with any special powers. They don’t to be afraid to take risks and even if they fail they happily learn from their mistakes instead of seeking perfection for noting. The more mistakes you make, the more lessons you learn, more creative and successful you will become. It’s as simple as that!
2. Multi-thinking / Multitasking
Can you drive a car on a busy road and think about your next big business presentation simultaneously? If you do, the result will be disastrous. Am I right? At any time, you shouldn’t stack up your thinking process. Doing so will hamper your creativity. Many psychological studies suggest that.
You have to draw a fine line between creating a process and judging its outcome. Many people judge rashly, frequently, and thus end up in creating less than they’re capable of. For the sake of creating awesome ideas, you must detach creation from assessment, arising with plenty of ideas first, and then evaluating their significance later. When you multi-think, many of the ideas fade away before execution.
3. Uncertainties and Over-control centric
We all like to come up with wise ideas and want to create sensible things. Sadly, our life isn’t always well-organized and controlled. There are certain things you can’t take control of, you’ll never realize why, and some issues you’ll by no means work out.
But one thing for sure. Most awesome creative thoughts come out from a vortex of disorder. Have you ever wondered why some crazy people happen to be uber-geniuses? Nikola Tesla, anyone? See, you’ve to be prepared to expect the unexpected. You must train your mind to be relaxed in chaotic and uncertain situations too. By doing this, you should be at ease with things that function even though you don’t know why. Always wonder why the hell not?
4. Blind following and the Missing uniqueness
Don’t follow any of your field’s gurus/mentors advice/ideas (aka secrets of success) blindly. O.K, it’s sensible to observe, but risky to follow their footprints without pick one’s brains.
Some of the most creative/successful people in the world always think outside the box, never tired of it, and did the exact opposite of what others told them. Don’t be puzzled. It’s their uniqueness in thinking, imagination even the so-called gurus only dream of – makes them effective. What works for you don’t necessarily have to work for me, it can be much better – is their mindset.
5. Inadequate self-confidence
To some extent, indecision plays along with every creative work. A little amount of hesitancy is O.K. Still, you must believe to your core and have self-confidence in your potential to form and achieve successful resolutions to setbacks. All of this derives from know-how’s, but self-belief also arrives from awareness with how creativity forges.
When you recognize that some initiatives habitually look extreme at the outset, that letdown is merely a learning curve, and that anything is possible, you pave your way to getting more convinced and more inventive/creative. Rather than separating the world into the likely and unfeasible, break up it into what you’ve attempted and what you haven’t. There are manifold of trails to success. Get ready to explore each and everything you fancy.
6. Fragile heartedness
Some people can’t take pointless controversies and can be easily depressed. To be precise, they don’t know how to handle such situations. They are so fragile hearted. Although you have a creative mind and the knack to see what’s doable, a lot of folks around you won’t. They will advise you in loads and frequently elusive means to obey the rules, be sane, think inside the box, and let you dwell in their limitations.
Don’t fall in their traps. Just disregard them. As we discussed earlier, being creative and successful isn’t exactly a walk in the park. As you probably know by now, it’s filled with taking voluntary risks and reckonings of failure. While these things alone can harm your creativity at times, why let other noises enter your mind? Moreover, once you pull off big time, all the thwarters will close their tantrums and begin to distinguish you for what you are — a creative influence. Just shut them up by doing what they taught impossible.
7. Information overload and the Delusive limits
Have you ever heard of the term “brain rot”? I think you’re. We saw that earlier in here. It’s a zombie kind of state that occurs when you intensely overdose your brain with wrong, typically junk information, right on where both your creativity and actions emerge as very distressed. No, it’s not your fault. In this fast evolving tech world, it’s very easy to carried away by the amount of information we’re receiving on a daily basis.
You need to learn and practice how to feed your mind with necessary information and start to engage in action plans. Never let your mind play tricks on you. You have to have a good control of it. You must be aware of that working on a reasonable plan today is solid than expecting for a faultless plan in near future.
By routinely do stuffs as you invariably have, the caliber of outcomes will be the same as always. Don’t settle for delusive self-limits. You know your abilities more than anyone else does. Things looks unfeasible today may look as if amazingly achievable tomorrow. Only when you leave your comfort zones, and thrust yourself to progress, will you attain valuable new skills; improve your awareness, and thoughts – overall, your creativity powers.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
No one is perfect in this world. If you were aware of some of the difficulties mentioned in this article, in yourself, don’t worry. Actually, be glad! Acknowledging the roadblocks that restrain you is the gateway to enhance your creativity.
Now, it’s your kickoff time!
What does creativity mean to you?
What creativity roadblocks have hit you hard and been standing between you and your success? How do you tackle it then?
Let us discuss and enlighten with your replies in the comments section below.
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