Creativity – Do You Consider Yourself Creative? How Do You Know?

Woman holding light bulbIf I asked you if you consider yourself smart, my guess is you’d have an answer right away. If I asked you if you consider yourself creative, you would probably hem and haw and eventually get around to an answer (I know because I have asked these two questions of many groups). Let me give you six questions (or question sets) to answer so that you can have a better response than just waffling around with it:

  1. Define creativity: Before you start answering additional questions about creativity, it would be good for you to define it for yourself. You’ve got some idea in mind what creativity is, so just jot that down.
  2. Are you creative (and why would you answer the way you did)? Designating ourselves as either creative or not is probably a quick answer. You either have a yes or a no – or a yes and a no, with various conditions surrounding those. Go ahead and answer this question, making sure to include the second part as to WHY you answered the way that you did.
  3. How often are you accessing your creativity? Do you know that you are tapping into your creativity daily, weekly, rarely, or however often. And, think further about the idea of whether you see any patterns. For example, is it daily at home but not at work (or vice versa)? Is it only around certain people or when you are doing certain activities? Is it NEVER around certain people or particular activities? See if you notice any patterns while you’re writing.
  4. Do you ever keep your creativity “tamped” down? If so, why and if not, why not? Maybe this isn’t the right word but I think about my dad tamping down the tobacco in his pipe…just sort of smushing it in there all tight (at least that’s my recollection from when I was a little girl before he quit smoking). Anyway, do you keep your creativity hidden or smushed sometimes? Write a bit about that – either way.
  5. Who do you know who is creative (and how do you know)? You may think of “famous” people or regular people you know. When you ask yourself, who do I notice and think of as being creative? – who comes to mind for you? After you write those folks’ names, consider why you think they are creative. What is it that you notice in particular about them? Certain products? Certain behaviors or attributes? Just see what comes to mind.
  6. What colors represent creativity for you? If you are a male who is color blind, then you may not be able to answer this, but for everyone else, what are the colors, if there are any that you find as your best representations of creativity? Red, green, orange, yellow? Hot pink? Brown? I have no idea for you. There’s no one answer. You may not have an answer or you may have seen that color or a veritable rainbow right away when I asked the question.

Creativity is essential for business productivity. Think about – actually write out – your answers to these questions. It’s a first start to becoming more creative and productive.

Do you rate yourself as creative?  How do you know?  Please post your comments.

 

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