What is Creativity?

Here in England September represents the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn as well as the start of the new school year and the start of many new initiatives in business, life and lots more besides.

When anyone is looking to make any kind of change in their life, often the approach they take needs to become attractive or appealing in order for them to maintain it and often it may not remain attractive or appealing for as long as we like. I get lots of people that tell me that they find it difficult to maintain enthusiasm or keep on investing the required levels of energy in order to make a real success of a project or a goal.

So, for that reason, I want to talk about enhancing creativity today. When you become more creative, you can begin to make more out of your every day experiences and perceptions of what it is that you are doing, you can make life more colourful and have more fun and joy when you are more creative.

So what actually is Creativity?

Good question. We can all be creative; creativity is about making new connections - and that is literally physiologically true within our neurology. Creativity is the mind's growing edge. It often involves a lot of discovery. By creating new connections you build your brain power and develop mental and interpersonal flexibility which can begin to heighten your ability to do a huge array of things with more and more ease.

Imagine this; every time you link two things together, you create a third entity. That new connection can itself then connect with other ideas, additional possibilities. Imagine the impact this can have throughout a system like your brain!

Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon in 1965. That event changed our beliefs and thoughts about the universe. It also altered thoughts and beliefs about human inventiveness and skill: this event helped us to recognise that if we want something enough, we can find ways to do something that we may have believed to be impossible before. I reckon this gave may people some powerful and liberating thoughts and beliefs about human capability. I heard on the radio recently that there are also plans to land on Mars now! I always fancied being an astronaut.

Being creative on an individual level has the same potential: when you connect things together, you go beyond both of them; and you have the possibility of forming new beliefs about yourself and your potential. I remember when I was first learning about NLP, hypnosis and my other beloved subjects, I was so excited, I would read so much material that I felt like my brain was literally growing and stretching. That's not too scary is it?

I love working with children. They have such a vivid imagination, I can remember when I used to play football for hours and days on end as a youngster, I was not just imagining scoring in the World Cup final, I really was actually

there at Wembley Stadium scoring that goal, I am telling you I was there! Children are amazingly creative, each of us has been a child (some still are!). Children show their creativity in the way they discover their environment and make their own meanings of it. Many children create new worlds while playing with toys, they don't need elaborate or sophisticated toys, equipment or props, the meaning comes from within them; the meaning comes from out of themselves.

You need to give yourself permission and time (and energy) to make new connections and links which is what creativity is all about. It is about the process rather than the outcome or the final product. You can be creative at home or at work, when changing habits, updating behaviours, resolving issues, or just making life happier in any way you can. You can be creative with words, ideas, thoughts, materials, food and the kind of fun you have. You can be creative with your surroundings or with your internal world.

In addition to this, creativity creates something new. That's right, even if every ingredient is already known to you or is familiar. An insight for example, is creative because the new conclusion is gleaned from information you already had; it is the new perspective that makes the difference.

Above all, being creative returns us to that state where we are scoring goals in World Cup finals. It is about being absorbed and enjoying doing what you are doing, paying attention to detail, having a grand vision, being excited and playful, wondering what would happen if...

Adam Eason is an author, consultant, trainer and motivational speaker in the fields of hypnosis, NLP, personal development and human potential. His website is filled with information, stimulating articles, resources and uniques products and can be found here; http://www.adam-eason.com. He is author of the best selling book on Self-Hypnosis; "The Secrets of Self-Hypnosis: Harnessing the Power of Your Unconscious Mind."

Go Ahead and Think Outside the Box!

I am trying to create a discipline where I blog daily. This alone requires effort... Read More

The 7 Simple Steps To Harnessing Your Creative Power And Achieving Incredible Success

Let me repeat what I believe is the most powerful and fundamental knowledge available to... Read More

How to Generate Ideas for Info-products?

Dear friends the current study shows that there are more than 50,000,000 registered domain names... Read More

Creativity Management ? Artists and Creativity

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined... Read More

Characteristics: Creative Types VS Clods!

Here are some odds & ends I have observed in creative-expert-genius types:Direction of Motivation: creatives... Read More

Its Time to Get Out of the Box

"It is never too late to be what you might have been. "(George Eliot)I have... Read More

Take Time To Think

I recently saw a program on television wherein the participants discussed the degree to which... Read More

10 Tools for Dealing with Criticism and Rejection

Ouch! Whether it's feedback we've asked for, an unsolicited remark called out from the audience... Read More

Ideas

While the inception of penicillin brought a bit of a stir, and the television warranted... Read More

How You Can Improve Your Creativity - What You Need to Know

Would you like to enhance your creativity? Do you think that increased creativity is something... Read More

Dare to Dream

Have you ever thought of this? When you were young and at school the teachers... Read More

Business Innovation ? Personal Creativity

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined... Read More

How To Discover Hidden Talents Within You And Begin Appyling Them In Your Life Now

Have you decided it may be time to start creating some new excitement in your... Read More

Creativity, Innovation, and Market Performance

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined... Read More

Mindfulness and Poetry: Delicious Word Awareness

Everyone's a poet.Of course, everyone's a critic, too! This means that there are plenty of... Read More

Think & Grow Rich

All wealth is a product of mind. Some economists will try to convince you that... Read More

Top Ten Ways To Jump-Start Your Creativity

1 - Take A Tour of the Great Outdoors Consider a hike in the mountains,... Read More

Inspiration, Creativity, and Channeling ? Opening Ourselves to Greatness

Channeling is much easier to do than most people suspect. As a matter of fact... Read More

Creativity Myths

Sustained myths about Creativity and Innovation lead to confusion, bad practice and bad decision making.... Read More

7 Techniques to Supercharge your Creativity and Solve your Problems

Do you ever encounter problems, challenges or obstacles in your business? If you answered 'no,'... Read More

Break An Egg For Creativity

In 1420, the dignitaries of Florence held a competition.They offered the enormous prize of 200... Read More

Creative Thinking versus Critical Thinking

The process of creative thinking is often, mistakenly, intertwined with critical thinking. There is a... Read More

9 Steps to Supercharge Your Productivity with Creativity

Time is the great equalizer. Everybody has the exact same number of hours in each... Read More

Stress VS Creativity

Now when I use the term "creativity", I mean the kind of states of mind... Read More

Creativity Management and Team Size

Effective team structure is critical when managing creativity and creative output.It appears that many individuals... Read More

The Creativity Creed

I believe that creativity is a natural order of life itself and it provides my... Read More

Mindfulness and Independence: Observing Fireworks

"It's a free country," they say. "Celebrate our independence," I hear.Well, I'm all for having... Read More

How to Make Time for Art

The key to making time for art is the ability to say "NO".If you say... Read More

Creativity And You

95 percent of what we know about the brain, we have learned in the last... Read More

Finding A Little Adventure

I have had more than my share of exciting times and I'm grateful for every... Read More

Drawing On Creativity: How To Trick Your Brain

Can you draw?Your answer to that question reveals a surprising amount about your brain and... Read More

Analysis of The Monkeys Paw by W. W. Jacobs: A Study in Lateral Thinking

I first read The Monkey's Paw as a youngster in Junior High School. I was... Read More

Are You Inventive Enough to be an Inventor? Some Guidelines to Invention Success!

Inventors make a ton of money when the invention is needed and when the process... Read More

Creative Dreams - What Winter Driving Taught Me

We had a winter storm the other day here in Toronto. And as I was... Read More

Being Creative is Essential for Online Success

Do you have a strategy that ensures your online business stands out from the crowd?If... Read More

Top Ten Creative Strategies for Inspiring Creativity Where You Work and Play

Websites, automobiles, milk cartons, living spaces. Design saturates every aspect of our lives and the... Read More

Creativity and Communication Lessons from Crossing the Street

Spring is in full bloom, which means it's 'get back in shape time!' For me,... Read More

Computer In The Shop? What Do You Do Now?

Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel like something is... Read More

Turning Obstacles Into Blessings

"Your capacity to be creatively alive in virtually all life circumstances will depend in large... Read More

Recharge Your Battery

It was 4:15PM on a Thursday when I arrived at the hair salon to get... Read More

Top Ten Reasons To Start Creativity Coaching

DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTIC CONFIDENCE I'd really like to write but I don't have enough time.... Read More

Mind Power Games

Want a fun way to tune up your brain? Why not use some classic mind... Read More

The Sylvia Plath Pattern Of Creative Flow

* Sylvia Plath teaches a valuable lesson about the Even Flow - opening the channels... Read More

Creativity Stereotypes ? Are They Holding You Back?

Here's a quick quiz:1) When I see a see a sunrise, I'm moved to:A. Compose... Read More

Connect With Your Creative Dream

We get so busy in our day-to-day life, with all the doing and actions and... Read More

Who Wants To Be A Creative Genius?

Can You Learn Creativity?Have you ever watched Robin Williams do a stand-up routine? Could so... Read More

The Secret of Intuitive Intelligence

The word intuition comes from the Latin word intueri, meaning "to look within." Webster defines... Read More

Five Basic Steps to Benefit from Your Creativity

The ability to exercise your creativity is even more important for you than you probably... Read More

Why Teach Thinking? Why Not ?

The word 'creativity' has so many diverse meanings and interpretations. I remember telling an audience... Read More

New Inventions - From Absurd to Wacky!

New inventions? Heard of a revolving restaurant combination television tower? How about color x-ray pictures?... Read More