Being creative is an important part of the personal and professional lives of millions of people from all over the world. In fact, some people’s entire professions are about being creative, such as influencers, bloggers or creators.
Unfortunately, being creative is often easier said than done. You can be flowing with creative ideas one minute, and then be completely empty of them the next. While this can only be temporary, it can come at very inopportune times. Thankfully, there are some things you can do that you might not have thought about in order to unleash and bring back your creativity, and this article will look at a few of them.
Change Your Thinking
Changing your thinking is one of the single best ways to bring out your creative side. Many of us do the same thing every day, think the same thoughts and have a very similar routine. While this can make life easy, it also severely hurts our ability to be creative and makes it simple to get stuck in a rut. Without changing your thinking, you are likely to continue doing the same types of things each and every day.
Sometimes all it takes to change your thinking is to dive into some inspirational quotes or do some other small things, but other times, it can be more difficult. You may need to sit down and come up with and ask yourself some open-ended questions or statements, with the goal of thinking, or being inspired by, new ideas or thoughts. Any way you can break out of your “funk” is welcomed and there is no right or wrong thing to consider. Getting out of the comfort zone is the start of any amazing journey. For example, if you are struggling creating content for a client, instead of trying the same old thing you always do, branch out and try approach it from a new angle. In one sentence, ‘think out of the box!’
Learn More About Interesting People
A great way to seek inspiration to be a more creative person is to learn more about what interesting people are doing or creating. There are few better sources of inspiration than other people and you would be truly shocked at what some people are able to create. Creators can be sources of boatloads of inspiration and have a lot of interesting things to say or show. A good start is checking what they do to get inspired. By following hashtags such as #mycreativesummer you can get plenty of examples of how you can push the boundaries of your creativity.
While looking at their creation or works of art is a good start, you often want to go deeper than that. You want to learn about how they became the way they are, where their creativity comes from and more. Get in touch with them and ask for their input, they know how it feels like when you are a creator striving to build your own personal branding.
This can especially help influencers and content creators, as there are likely several superstars in your niche or industry that you look up to. Learn all you can about these people, how they got to where they are, and see what lessons you can learn from that. For example, if you are in the fashion space, there are several creative and stylish individuals you could be following and learning about.
Try a Different Medium
If you are struggling with creativity, maybe it is time to try out a new medium. If you are used to blogging on a website, maybe try to learn how create a video. If you have a blog or Youtube channel with a lot of fans/followers, why not branch into cinemagraphs? Remember, they like your content and if you want to bring the content to a new medium, some people are sure to follow.
The seemingly small act of changing up your tools or medium can have a very positive effect on creativity. As Vincent Van Gogh used to say: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” As far as what media to use to be creative, they are endless. Almost anything can be done creatively from making sand art on the beach to trying to design a unique tshirt. While you might not fall in love with this new medium, there is chance it could open up the floodgates and get your creative juices flowing.
Surround Yourself With Creative Individuals
If you surround yourself with people who do the same old thing every single day, it is not surprising that you are having trouble being creative.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should ditch all of your friends who aren’t creative, but just means you should look into some ways to spend some more time with people who are. This can be done in a few different ways. Of course, it’s easier if you are friends with creative people, but if not, don’t worry. There are clubs you can join, events you can attend, and dozens of online communities you can frequent.
Reaching out to other content creators or influencers for support or friendship is very common and welcomed by most people in the space. Even if you don’t have many friends in the space, by following and interacting with some very creative people, you are only going to help your own creative ventures.
In conclusion, whether you are an influencer trying to come out with creative ways to help a client, or simply a creative individual who is in a bit of a rut, hopefully the techniques covered in this article help you to unleash your creativity. Everyone has the potential to be creative, so don’t give up hope if you run into a bit of a wall.