How Do I Discover My Creative Talents?

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few can unleash their creative geniuses.

Do you believe this? This is not true at all!

Creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised consistently for great results. So, how do you unleash your creative thinking?

Well, the first thing is to become a sponge. Take in as much knowledge and learning you can find. Read everything available and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you read, the more you want to know. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add color into your life. 

Engage in creative activity everyday. This takes a lot of effort. Even doodling is a creative activity. Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and write in it religiously.

Another cool idea is to write a description of something using your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like marvelous, amazing, and delicious. Before you know it, you will be amazed at your growth! Soon these creative exercises will become part of you.

Think outside the box. Constraints are actually good things. These provide the chance to exercise discipline and work within your means. Constraints enable you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

Try new things everyday and let your experiences broaden your perspective. Explore a new district in your neighborhood. Spend an afternoon in a museum. Chat with someone on the bus. As you go out of your comfort zone more frequently, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life.

Think about it. When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it has been quite a while, you are missing a whole lot of experiences that could have led to your emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual growth.

Why don't you try bungee jumping today? Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share. This enables you to practice your storytelling skills and make you the life of the party.

Embrace insanity. No, I am not suggesting that you go into a mental ward! As John Russell once said, "Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting."

At one time or another, every creative thought was once scoffed as insane by other "normal" people. Luckily, that did not stop creative geniuses. Being normal confines people to think... well, normally.

Always remember that creativity is essentially breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizarre and downright strange.

George Washington was viewed as a creative personality and known for riding into battle naked. James Joyce wrote "Dubliners" using beetle juice due to his intense fear of ink. Albert Einstein thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival.  In all of these, it is important that your creativity does not detach you from the real world.

I hope this article inspired you to start thinking beyond your limits. If you follow these steps, soon you will be living a life full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking will bring about a new zest for living!

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