Updated: Apr 27
We all want to be creative. What is a simple flow to develop our creativity and something that aligns us with our goals? What if we can perform simple tasks to get us further along in our endeavor?
I created this process to find solutions to problems or engage in thought-provoking experiments in designing a better world. After learning from other thought leaders and some discoveries in neuroscience, this process gives me hope and joy that anything is possible.
The creative process is simple, but it is not easy. You will have moments where you need to spend more time at each step when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Step #1 - Be Curious
It would be best if you had an open mind. I struggle with this myself, but I have learned to engage in other people's opinions in the last few years.
To get started, ask yourself the following questions.
What is out there where I know nothing?
Where can I go to discover something new?
Are there events that are happening in my area today?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself when you start the creative process. The best way to know if you are curious is when you begin to feel:
Fear of not knowing
Embarrassed you haven't learned more about it
Excitement to have found something new
The joy of an expanded idea of the universe
Being curious means leaving a comfortable known space, and you are now venturing into unknown territory. The greatest fear we have is not knowing. This first step will be challenging, yet I know it will bring you closer to your goals.
A new exciting adventure awaits.
Step #2 - Gain Awareness
Awareness is essential when you start your journey. We receive so much sensory input, and our conscious mind discards a large portion of it. It's overwhelming!
Focus is the skill you need to become aware of the critical things.
If you are searching for that elusive insight, focus on one particular environment, item, or feeling. This skill takes some practice. When I go for a simple walk outside, I practice opening up my awareness to:
The feeling of the wind
The sounds of the birds
The smell in the air
The scenery immediate in front of me
When you awaken your awareness, you will feel overwhelmed. With practice, this gets better. It might not get easier because you are opening your conscious mind to specific sensory input.
"Creativity itself doesn't care at all about results - the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless." – Elizabeth Gilbert
Step #3 - Create Meaning
When we have a new experience, we can be eager to associate a meaning to this newfound discovery. At this step, we are searching for the truth, and this won't be easy.
I was introduced to swing dancing by several people; I had no idea what I was getting into. During my first swing dancing class, the first hour, I learned how to do the basics. I was nervous, fearful of stepping on toes and didn't want to disappoint more advanced students.
As you continue into the dancing part of the session, it was amazing how your body forces a smile, you feel joyful, and your partners are also enjoying the dance.
The meaning could be: "I guess dancing makes people happy."
You are analyzing and creating associations with what you experienced. You are attempting to find what is true.
Step #4 - Develop Belief
Beliefs change when we need to change them. Our beliefs might have been creating when we were young, but that does not necessitate keeping them.
If we believe that art is too difficult, then we won't try any arts or crafts. If we change the belief that art is freedom, we might opt to do it more often.
Beliefs in our self-image, our competencies, our identities are open to change. They are only useful if they guide us towards our goals. Our creativity depends on the collection of beliefs we have. If our beliefs align with our goals, they help propel us to creating something meaningful.
Step #5 - Pursue Imagination
The pursuit of our imagination gives us freedom. We want to struggle and thrive in a creative environment. That freedom to try, fail, and learn is what makes us artists and innovators.
If people should not go hungry, your imagination will provide all the ideas you need to make that a reality. You are free to take steps toward that goal. You might not make it the first time or the tenth time. Many artists and inventors had to go through several attempts until they found something that worked.
We must keep pursuing your dream.
The Creative Process
These five steps can help you get started with your creative projects or developing something original. Let me know how helpful this process is for you. Send Feedback