Creativity And Change – A Love Story

Over time I feel like I advocated change more than anyone else. It moves things, creates constant adapting through movement, and that in my experience leads only to growth and success. But a thing that is often overlooked is what change does in the sense of moving things on the short term.

Our first intrinsic interest seams to always target emotions. How come? You see, most of us are used to experiencing the same emotions, and in this repetitive cycle even one small change is one change too many.

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Our comfort zone is not present only in the sense of being and doing, it’s also shaped in the sense of feeling. And knowing that creativity is tightly connected with emotions, feelings, a new pattern of thinking should be constituted. Thus creativity is inherently connected with change.

What does creativity need in order to exist?

We understand the creative process in the lines of having original ideas that also have value. Be that in creating necessities, aesthetics, everything else for that matter. And the thing that many of us overlook is that creativity happens, more often than not, by interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.

We think about the world in all the ways we experience it. We think visually, we think in sound, we think kinesthetically… We think in abstract terms, we think in movement. And according to Sir Ken Robinson, education expert, creativity happens on the premises of interaction between the ways in which we experience the world.

Hence, we need to experience in order to be creative. We need to spark the interaction, and not just in the sense of being and doing, but also in the sense of feeling. It is how we feel that shapes our creativity after the interaction takes place.

And often times making the same interaction in terms of how we experience the world happens to deplete our creativity and we are faced with creative inflation. Thus changing things, interacting in a different way is as promising of a thing as any when our creativity is concerned. Or the lack of it, that is.

Change doesn’t need to be radical

When we hear the word change, it’s like an instant defense mechanism is activated. We have a set picture of how things are ought to be, and it simply not pertains change the way we think of it.

But change is not necessarily connected with drastically shifting things under our feet. It can also be gradual, or it even doesn’t have to apply on things we do or believe, but rather how we interact with them.

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Every person can be creative

Evaluating the statements above for what they are, I came up with a more revolutionary view on creativity. If it is sparked by feelings and interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing and experiencing the world, it can then be artificially created. Artificially however only in the sense of being created deliberately rather than all by itself, but restricted in the sense of needing to be let go to develop organically.

In short, this means that the circumstances in which creativity develops can be created and managed artificially, only to the extent of giving grounds for the creative process to occur. And here is where the change aspect actually applies.

We change the circumstances, the way they interact with each other, the way in which we interact with them. And the response is creativity being allowed to organically grow. Creativity is a response of our change in the manner in which we interact with all the disciplinary ways in which we experience the world.

Not that complicated really.

So, in correlation with this, creativity can occur everywhere and with every individual. The thing is that every one of us reacts differently on various combinations of the ways in which we experience the world. Some may need to think more in abstract terms, some may be likely to need movement among other things.

And only by interaction between these experiences, or a change in them, that is, we can spark or even guide the birth of the creative process.

So how to create the circumstances for developing creativity?

Go out and you are getting more creative; start thinking and you are getting more creative; change your routine and you will spark your creativity. It’s change that gets you moving. Change and challenging the status quo.

For instance when I go out with my bike, I can return home with ideas to write ten articles both in the lifestyle and internet marketing niche. It’s my thing, you see. I move, let my mind wonder, think and try to relate things with one another. What comes on the other end is creativity.

Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. The thing is that the more you change things in the sense of how they correlate and how you interact with them, the bigger your chances of evoking creativity and kick start the creative process from squat.

Look for things and question them, question even what you already take as granted. Start doing things differently, start thinking anew. Change your routine of doing things. You will know what it is that provokes the creative process as soon as you stumble across it.

What encourages creativity for some may not just do the same for you as well. You have to discover the wiring for yourself. The creative process is different with anyone and we all have it. It’s a given. The only thing is to find out how to nurture it.

4 opinions already. What's yours?

  1. David Mount

    Thanks for the inspiration here. I agree that everytime I break out of my routine I gain insight or ideas to solve problems and get things done.

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  2. Andi the Minion

    Hi Slavko, interesting post, they say ‘a change is as good as a break’ taking some time out of a routine or going somewhere different can change the way we think and create new ideas. The human mind is like Pavlov’s dogs, we become associated with a place or lifestyle and our thinking will do the same stuff in the same place. Getting out for a bike ride like you say can bring new ideas to the front because the mind has let the others go to the back.

    The trick is trying to remember those new ideas when you get back home, trying to write notes while riding a bike off road is a little tricky! :-)

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    • Slavko Desik

      Couldn’t agree more Andi. But letting ourselves to be surprised by change we allow the mind to open in the sense of experiencing everything from a different perspective. Over time this translates into more awareness, hence we experience clarity of mind and ideas won’t fly away that easy. Just as the creative process is enhanced, so is the ability to seize and use those ideas.
      The example I gave with the bike is interesting to observe at a number of levels though. It’s an activity that creates a “flow”- concept used by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychology professor, which describes a stage caused by an activity that is to be enjoyed for the sake of the activity itself. In such circumstances something that is enjoyable to do gives a sense of a creative discovery, hence our creative capacity is increased considerably. I guess that’s why the moment we start to dance we kinda figure the moves right along.

      Always a pleasure seeing you here
      Cheers

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