Pencils are magical instruments – one end can be sharpened to create while at the other you erase to recreate. In fact, creativity has emerged as a mission-critical capability. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got and today, that’s not enough! Leaders often suffer from bureaucratic gravity, where past solutions are resynthesized to fix today’s problems. Building your creative muscles should be one of your primary focus areas for 2019. Indeed, playing it safe is no longer playing it smart and with creativity and its sibling innovation in such high demand as a skill set, here are three steps to use in your fitness plan to tone your creativity muscles and realize your potential:
- Cultivate an appetite. Adopt a mind-set of exploration and discovery. Open yourself to new possibilities by being curious, by playing around, by focusing on what you don’t know, and by asking questions. Above all, give yourself permission to be creative and see yourself as a creative person. Explore the arts and ask lots of questions.
- Take your vitamins. Travel in the discomfort zone to challenge your assumptions continually and enlarge your perspective. Being creative means you are staying up-to-date on government trends and fresh ideas. Taking existing strategies and infusing them with renewed vision can go a long way and bring new life to current approaches to increasing your capacity as a leader.
- Engage in physical exercise. Besides just being downright good for you, it helps create new neurons that moisten your mind and consequently, you think differently. Some of your best ideas reveal themselves when you allow your mind to wander and wonder.
To build your creativity skills, engage in divergent thinking in which there are several ways to address an issue, not simply one. Doing the same old thing doesn’t build success, but being able to see a way to change and break out as a leader definitely takes creative thinking and vision.
“Creativity is the Art of Destruction”