CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Posted on 30th Jan 2015
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
"Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive." -- Napoleon Hill
Ideas!!! These become the main crux of our creative being. Basically, creativity is about producing new ideas or combining old ideas in a unique way. Creativity goes through from being just an idea to becoming a full fledged description that expresses the idea in detail and structure of the concept held in the mind to a third person. Creativity is about producing these ideas.
Most people believe that they are not creative. For most youngsters, the word most immediately conjures associations with artistic endeavours and writing. However it has also been linked to science as far back as the muses of Ancient Greece. Today, it is acknowledged that creativity forms the core activity of art, science and every business and work arena itself thus tending to affect the global economy itself.
Thus the question that arises is can creativity really be cultivated? The creative process is an ongoing exercise. Everything you do that is not habit is creative. Harnessing this creative power and directing it toward new ideas and solving problems is where most people need help.
Today’s educational system puts immense emphasis on rote learning and memorization of data. Thus for youngsters the scope to retain their inherent creative talents is limited. Cultivating the imagination is a lost art. Those who do retain this ability are not quite sure, as they mature, how to channel this gift into everyday life.
But all is not lost. Creativity is not a gift you have to be born with. Most creative people learn how to be creative. They do it logically. They look at one perspective and think of another. They appreciate metaphors. They make cross-connections easily. They trigger their thinking one way and then apply it to the problem at hand.
For example, creativity comes with:
- seeing things differently,
- seeing different things,
- generating multiple options,
- breaking the rules,
- thinking and linking,
- a high level of awareness,
- knowing how you think, and
- playing 'what ifs'
Following are a few techniques which you can use to enhance creativity:
PUZZLES ENHANCE CREATIVITY: Not only is doing puzzles daily an excellent way of keeping the mind sharp, but different puzzles exercise different portions of the brain. Some puzzles stimulate the left brain, some the right brain. There are also different types of thinking; logical, analogical, and lateral are a few examples. These different modes of thinking apply to solving different kinds of problems. Doing puzzles increases these different types of thinking thus increasing creative potential.
THE POWER OF IMAGINATION: Everything created was given birth through imagination. Before anything becomes formed it was conceived in someone’s mind first through the power of their imagination. The ability to imagine is universal. The power to imagine is not limited by gender, culture, education or intelligence. If more people understood this power they could transform their life accordingly and become more creative.
CREATIVE FOCUS: The ability to direct your focus is an art. All creative work is the result of clarity and the expansion of focused intent. Every problem or creative project needs to use focus. Hence the next time you are doing something give it your complete attention and watch your thinking become more clear and creative.
CREATIVE ILLUSION: How much of what you see is fantasy and how much is based on fact? You might be surprised at the answer. The way the brain processes information is very different from what most people understand. The five senses are more "mysterious" than you might realize. Your creativity depends on your ability to differentiate and distinguish between what is "real" and what is "not real".
CREATIVE CRYPTOGRAPHY: Cryptography is an old science. People began creating codes as soon as they began to use written language. Many great minds were fascinated by cryptanalysis. It is a great tool for entertaining the brain to use both logical and analogical forms of thought. Both are necessary to breaking codes. Both are necessary to creative thought. Try your hand at learning this science which could jog and exercise your creative bent of mind.
Chess is more than just another board game for the competitive spirit. Each piece has a unique mobility upon a deliberate landscape of opportunities. Once you understand the relationships and harmonies between each piece as they relate to the rules of the game, you can play with new insight. Chess will teach you a lot about yourself, and may help you to correct some attitudes that are keeping you from being who you want to be.
CREATIVE INTUITION: Intuition is more powerful than linear thought in arriving at new and unique solutions to problems. Our subconscious mind is a powerhouse of ideas that have yet to surface, or never get to the frontal lobe. There are definite ways you can learn to increase your intuitive abilities. At those times when you need an immediate solution to an imposing problem, this technique will save the day.
THE ART OF DOODLING: There is more to passive doodling than meets the eye. What we doodle says a lot about who we are, as well as renders the symbolic language of the subconscious available to the conscious mind. When you are struggling with a problem try this technique as a method of seeing solutions that might otherwise escape your notice. Symbolism is a powerful and creative tool. Doodling helps to explore and reveal its potentials.
CREATIVE BREATH: The breath is a powerful vehicle of consciousness. By controlling how we breathe we can control our thoughts and the direction of those thoughts. This is the biological evidence of how the breath alters the brain's frequencies, changes the bodies internal chemistry and results in enhanced creativity.
CREATING HUMOR: Humor is the magic medicine of life. When you have learned to cultivate your own sense of humor you have harnessed one of the most valuable tools of the mind and heart. Humor allows for detachment and detachment allows for humor. Learn this technique for creating humor in your life and see how your creativity grows as a result.
Paradoxes are very useful tools in opening the mind to new ideas and attitudes. Studying paradoxes can unclog the neural networks of habit and launch new pathways of mind. If you do this often, you will begin to resolve some of the age-old paradoxes in your own mind, and new vistas of possibility will become clear.
"Embrace fully your capacity to create, to think in unlimited ways, and to pursue everything that you have been wanting. ...This can be the most joyous, prosperous, and creative time of your life." -- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
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