Month: February 2012

Mind Mapping for Creativity

mindmapEver been on a project where you had trouble keeping all the ‘if’ questions straight?

“If this happens,” you say, “we’ll do one thing. But, if that happens, we’ll do something else instead, but only on a Wednesday.”

In cases like these, especially with high stakes, you may have drawn a diagram on a piece of paper. That way you could visualize the forks in the path ahead, while still seeing the objective at the end.

Break An Egg For Creativity

closeup of a brok eggIn 1420, the dignitaries of Florence held a competition.

They offered the enormous prize of 200 gold florins to the architect whose genius could span the unfinished dome of the Florence Cathedral.

This was a great challenge. Even the original builders of the cathedral in 1296 left writings hoping that God would offer a solution because they did not have one.

Filippo Brunelleschi was the answer to their prayers.

Expand Your Viewpoint With Creativity

Stars of a planet and galaxy in a free spaceYou have a particular perspective of the world.

From this perspective, you experience and view life in a unique way.

Your viewpoint is so unique; it has been created by every single one of your experiences – painful and pleasurable, remembered and forgotten, fully or partially lived through.

If you’re like most people, that perspective sees the world in mostly limited ways. It is inherent in the conditioning of us all.

Don’t You Have To Be An Artist To Be Creative?

artist paint palletteMaybe one reason people think they are not creative is that we are given so many examples in school and the media of eminent, big name artists and creators who have made notable impacts on the world.

And, not being one of those (at least not yet), we think that means, “I’m not creative.”

But we make use of creative thought and problem-solving all the time, even if we are not making “artwork.”

Grow In Creativity With Creative Journaling

student with a notebookWhat daily practice can help you grow in creativity, both in the arts and in problem solving?

Keep a creative journal, and you will amaze yourself with your own innovations. Remember that there is no one right way to keep a journal.

Creative journaling is about trying things until you find your own favorite methods of expressing yourself.

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