Creativity has traditionally be thought of as a left-brain right-brain classification. A person is either left-brain (analytical) or right-brain (creative, emotional). Hold that thought! Creativity is more complex than a simple left-right classification. Instead, it uses many aspects of the brain and emotions. The bonus? Everyone is creative! The creative mind within each person. The difference is how each of us uses the creativity in context and situation. Our individual creativity is the culmination of social situations, cultural, personality, and behaviors. Let’s dive into the creative mind and find out what highly creative people do.
Adventure, Learning & Experiences
Creative people seek out new experiences and adventure. They feed their desire to learn new things, meet new people, and visit new places. They find value in feeding their curiosity about people and the world.
Daydream & Observe
As children we are often discouraged to daydream. We’re told to focus on the task at hand. Highly creative people dream and visualize. Often our best ideas come from daydreaming. While daydreaming, our minds engage a variety of brain functions and emotions; all resulting in revelations, imaginative ideas, and inspiration.
People watching is a favorite activity for many. Did you know you are engaging in a creative activity? It’s the opportunity to watch, learn, and satisfy a curiosity. Inquisitive minds will seek new information, ask questions, and try to find answers. All of these functions are related to creativity.
Watching the world around us often leads to questions, ideas, and solutions. We take in all the information that is stored for creative inspiration. Some people write down observations, others photography, some draw; commonly using this information to formulate creative thoughts. It is a wonderful tool to draw inspiration.
Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein
Passion & Beauty
Highly creative people are highly motivated to satisfy their creativity. They are passionate about risky and challenging issues that spark their creativity and use of their abilities.
Who doesn’t love beautiful things? Creatives will surround themselves with beauty. They respond positively to beautiful surroundings that feed their creativity.
Solitude & Mindfulness
Looking for a reason for some alone-time? Feed your creativity with times of solitude. Often times, solitude is a time to connect with your thoughts and imagination. Spending time alone can be a peaceful and insightful opportunity to really let your thoughts flow. Getting to know yourself, your voice, and expressing it leads to a creative outlet.
Creatives are often thought of as loners with “messy”, disorganized minds. Seriously? Science has shown repeatedly that those cliches are simply not true. Sure, some people, creatives, are a bit scattered or disorganized, but for the most part creatives tend to be very focused and organized. Creatives will seek solitude (thought of as loner) to clear their thoughts and find focus. They also tend to have focused minds. Their working processes depend upon their ability to stay focused on the job, organized, and clear.
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Many creatives; artists, writers, musicians, designers; are entrepreneurs too. They use a variety of tools to help them stay focused on the work without compromising their creativity. Meditation is very helpful to many people; highly creative and not.
Meditation is an easy practice to incorporate into your daily life. It is found to reduce stress, anxiety, improve emotional well-being, memory, clarity, and creativity. One of my favorite meditation apps is Headspace. It works on your phone for meditation on the go.
These are just a few of the common characteristics found in highly creative people. Others you may be interested in learning about are:
- Curiosity and Questions
- Life and Self-Expression
- Change Perspective
- Flexible Work Hours
- Get in the Zone While Creating