How to Kickstart Creative Thinking Processes
Thinking processes are what we use every day to tackle challenges and find solutions. When a particular course of action has worked well in the past, we tend to consider this as a good option to succeed in the future. Thinking processes, therefore, become habitual patterns. We know what works and we know what doesn’t.
This level of familiarity when choosing a course of action has benefits. But it also creates lazy thinking. Rather than look for new ways of doing things, we become stuck in the rut of “it always worked before, so it will work again”. But what if there was a solution that could work better? And you’re just not seeing it?
Creative thinking processes allow your mind to lift the lid off the box and start exploring alternative options. Your imagination is extremely powerful. It is capable of creating new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking. All you have to do is allow it the freedom to do so!
How Can Creative Thinking Processes Help You?
Perhaps you’re stuck in a rut, either in the way that you think or the way that you act. You may not even be aware that you’re stuck there! Our minds seem to like to reassure us that our familiar thinking works because it’s the best option. That’s not always the case, though!
Kickstarting your creative thinking processes enables you to start exploring new patterns of action and thought. It allows your mind the freedom to examine situations and problems from new angles. Looking at a situation in a new way very often means that you’ll find a new way of dealing with it. Think about it this way: there would be no progress without change. As we evolve and grow, we find better ways of living and working, both individually and as a species. So, let’s get those creative juices flowing and kickstart your brain.
Get Your Creating Thinking Processes Fired Up!
Using creative thinking processes to find new solutions isn’t a new concept. It’s been around for some time now. Big companies like Google, Facebook and Adobe have been encouraging and promoting the process of creative thinking for years. Young professionals working in Silicone Valley openly discuss their use of microdoses of LSD, psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) and mescaline (from the peyote cactus) in order to boost their creating thinking.
But, if you’re not quite ready to go down the psychedelics route (and we don’t for a moment suggest that you do!), here are five ways to fire up your creative thinking processes that are surprisingly powerful. Try incorporating one or two into your weekly routine.
Tips to Fire Up Creative Thinking
- Exercise and DON’T think about solution you’re looking for. A repetitive exercise like running or swimming switches off the ‘conscious’ part of your brain that keeps your imagination in check. Many inventors have their ‘eureka’ moment somewhere (and somewhen) entirely unexpected whilst they are distracted by another activity.
- Limit Yourself – We often take the mental route of least resistance when we’re asked to solve a problem. We also have a tendency to try to use every resource we have available to us, thinking this will provide the best solution. However, researchers discovered that, by imposing restrictions on ourselves, our brains are forced into thinking more creatively. Eliminating resources, limiting size, time or other options causes your creative thinking processes to go into overdrive.
- Psychological Distance – Researchers have discovered that our brains think more creatively about abstract issues that don’t directly affect us. When looking for a solution, imagine that the issue is theoretical or not related to your own business or work. In doing this, the brain doesn’t involve emotions in the process.
- Get Arty! – Looking at art, especially abstract art, increases our creative powers. It’s thought that our brains start to try to figure out ‘what’s going on’ in an image. If the image is complex (try Escher), your powers of creativity get a good work out! Actually creating art yourself is also a good way to start thinking more creatively. Next time you’re struggling to come up with an answer to something, consciously stop thinking about it and get your paints out.
- Shake up Your Routine – Most of us work better and think with more clarity at certain times of the day. Try focussing on tasks at different times of the day. Some people find their brains are incredibly creative if they set an alarm for the early hours of the morning, get up and start to work.
Remember, your brain has amazing capabilities. Every invention on the planet has been a creative thought in somebody’s mind at some point in time. Start to focus on letting your mind get creative and who knows what you might invent or discover?
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