Four Habits of Very Creative People

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Every child is born creative, so virtually anyone can be creative people. Successful creatives practice their creativity daily, which enables them to rise higher and develop astounding levels of creativity.

If you would like to be a better creative, then make a conscious effort to practice some of the daily habits very creative people perform to draw out and manage their creative forces. Here are four of these simple patterns that you can adopt as your own.

1. Daydreaming

There is more to daydreaming than building fancy castles in the air, and while most of us were rudely brought back from this reverie when young, scientists now encourage it. Scott Barry Kaufman, an American psychologist, author, and favorite science writer suggests in this study that this very favorite childhood discourse has a ton of creative rewards to it. These include future planning, self-awareness, creative incubation and learning compassion for oneself and others. Daydreaming also offers you a chance to reflect on your past experiences, allowing you to pick nuggets from them that propel you forward.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin agree too that a mind that often wanders off often has a higher working memory. This kind of memory cannot only retain but recall more information than usual even in the face of distractions.

Author of the book The Creative Brain, Harvard researcher Shelley Carson suggests that sometimes a potential but rather unhelpful solution may block your creative juice flow, unless you learn to walk away from all of it, for a while. Having an incubation period allows you to think up of other solutions, besides the one that you are stuck on currently. In fact, neuroscientists have figured out that daydreaming awakens the same brain processes that fuel creativity and imagination, meaning that daydreamers are indeed more creative than most people are.

2. They “fail up.”

Inspired by author and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett timeless exhortation “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better”, to “fail up” is to learn through failure and use those lessons to propel you forward. Steven Kotler in this Forbes article says that good creatives like Albert Einstein failed often. The key is to learn resilience through failure since it is the prerequisite for success. It’s adviced that you should learn to fail until you’re comfortable with it.

Failing allows you to do away with old belief systems that no longer have the power to propel you forward while creating better and more novel structures with more creative potential. You can also learn compassion, understanding, inner strength and beauty.

3. They are stickler to routines

They say routines are boring but repetition has its perks and the highly creative person knows it. The unique personalized details of your day, that 3-mile run you take first thing in the morning, the aroma of a hot cup of coffee wafting through your room, or the simplicity of looking at the dairy on your work desk, may act as signals to your brain to activate your creative thinking processes. Secondly, to be creative, you must not only engage your creative gears but also drive the vehicle. If you don’t begin to write, paint, sing, build or compose, then you may find yourself stuck in a rut. Perpetually waiting for a surge of inspiration so you can start to create is the surest way to kill your creativity.

Mason Currey author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, says that one constant amongst successful creatives is the development and pursuance of a schedule. Steven King, for example, sits down between 8 and 8:30 a.m. daily, at the same seat with some music on to pour himself out on paper. Do you have your creative routine?

4. Creative People keep an idea journal

America’s most prolific inventor Thomas Edison left behind over 5 million pages of notes after his death in 1931. These have in-minute details of his future inventions and patents, as well his business dealings. The most creative people in history have all had journals that serve as their daily conduits to creativity including George Lucas, Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Leonardo DaVinci and a host of others who have had a love affair with paper and ink.

Putting your ideas down in a journal amounts to displaying your creative thought process. Writing it down helps increase clarity, and improve on ideas you might otherwise forget or ignore.

Successful American dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp in her book, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, says that “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.”

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