Creativity is a Skill that can be Developed


Creativity is such a diverse word and can have a whole spectrum of meaning. There is the sheer joy of the feeling of achievement of having created something – no matter in what field.

A dressmaker feels it after creating from scratch a new outfit; a musician, author, artist, chef, sports person, a reader …. Even if you’re not on the world’s stage but just creating in your own home or office.

Creativity is a skill, like riding a bicycle or operating a computer, that can be learned and developed with practice.
In the work place There seems to be a direct relationship between the quantity of new ideas that you generate in your work, and the level of success that you achieve.  I think that if you improve the quality of your thinking, you improve the quality of your life.
Some of the ideas below which can be implemented right now, are more appropriate to a company or work situation, but nevertheless may be of interest to individual application.


Thoughts You Can Use to Expand Your Creativity
Every single idea that improves the way we live and work, in large or small ways, is an act of creativity.
In his/her line of sight, each average worker sees improvements that can be made and Successful companies encourage a steady flow of suggestions and ideas for improving the way the work is done.  Small incremental improvements to cut costs, increase quality, boost customer satisfaction, etc., can translate into huge increases in profitability.
Happy, valued and appropriately rewarded employees and executives are more creative.  People can have a natural tendency to resist new ideas but it can help with creativity to move out of your Comfort Zone and sometimes take some calculated risks and be open to new ways of doing things. Optimism, cheerfulness, positive expectancy and laughter can all trigger creativity.
1. Three Triggers to Creativity
Normal creativity is stimulated by three things:
a. Intensely desired goals. Intense emotion of any kind is a stimulant or trigger to creativity. The more you want something, the more likely it is you will find creative ways to accomplish it. What are your most intensely desired goals?
b. Pressing problems. What are the most pressing problems facing you at this time?
c. Focused questions. The more precise and focused the questions, the more rapidly the creative reflex operates to generate workable answers – not sure about this one.
2. Problem Solving Made Simple
Any organised method of problem solving can be more effective in generating higher-quality solutions than no method at all. Here are seven steps you can follow:
a. Define the problem clearly—in writing.
b. Read; research; gather information; get the facts. Many problems exist simply because no one has gathered sufficient information about them.
c. Discuss the problem with others; ask questions of informed people; consult experts and others who may have had a similar problem in the past.
d. Try consciously to solve the problem. Consider every possible alternative.
e. If you still have not found a solution, turn the problem over to your subconscious mind, and get your conscious mind busy elsewhere.
f. Review the problem just before sleeping, and ask your subconscious for a solution.
g. Be prepared to write down the answer and act on it when it appears.
3. Brainstorming
Brainstorming can be a powerful and effective way to solve problems and achieve goals – a way of using focused questions for concentrating the power of your mind.
a. Write your most pressing problem or most keenly desired goals at the top of a page in the form of a clear question (for example, “What can we do to increase our sales by 20 percent in the next 90 days?”)
b. Force yourself to write 20 answers to the question, without stopping. (If you haven’t done this before, it could be difficult at first.)
c. Review the answers, and select at least one for implementation immediately.
d. The more you practice this method, the more creative and alert you will become.
4. Questioning to Stimulate Creativity
The creative mind is stimulated and triggered into action by focused questions. The more questions you ask, and the better they are, the more accurate and creative will be your thinking. Some examples:
a. What are you trying to do?
b. How are you trying to do it?
c. What result or outcome do you desire?
d. How could you approach it? Is there a better way?
e. What are your assumptions?
f. Could they be wrong?
5. Developing the Qualities of Genius
a. They have the ability to concentrate single-mindedly, 100 percent, on one thing, to the exclusion of all distractions.
One method: Write down every detail of the problem you are working on right now. “Swarm all over it.” Focus totally on solving your most important problem.
b. They have the ability to see the big picture. They remain open-minded flexible, almost childlike in examining every possible way of approaching a problem.
c. They take a systematic, orderly approach to solving each problem. They ask questions such as: Why? Why not? Why not this way? Could there be another way? They have the ability to suspend judgment and to avoid becoming attached to, or enamoured of, their own idea.
6. Mind-Stimulating Exercises
Here are some key questions to stimulate your creativity:
a. What are your three most important goals in life right now?
b. What are your three most pressing problems right now?
c. Describe the ideal outcome you desire from a problem facing you right now.
d. What one thing would you dare to attempt if you knew you could not fail?
7. Identifying Key Obstacles
Creativity must be focused on removing the most important obstacle to your success.
a. What is the major obstacle that stands between you and your major goal right now?
b. What could you do right now to be removing it?
c. In every process, there is a “limiting step” that determines the speed at which the goal will be accomplished. What is the limiting step in your work? 
8. Using the Subconscious Mind to Tap Your Creativity
Well – you know what I believe – yes – the deliberate use of the Subconscious mind – the other 88% of the mind. I have a meditation process called “Tapping Your Creativity” which is available as a CD here or available as an immediate download. I encourage you to read the success stories below.
Two Quick Stories
R. Buckminster Fuller was  a man of many talents – he is considered as one of the greatest innovators of the 20th century. His entire adult life was spent as an inventor - practical, inexpensive shelter and transportation, engineer, architect - the best known creation in this field is the geodesic dome - poet, and star-gazer. Most importantly, “Bucky,” as his friends referred to him, was a creative thinker. He was responsible for the invention, development, and implementation of over 170 patented ideas. He published more than 30 books and made fifty-seven trips around the world sharing his abundant supply of ideas with others.  As a young, nonconforming student, Fuller was expelled from Harvard in his freshman year. His enthusiasm and creativity remained undampened. Fuller would often spend up to 22 hours a day studying math, architecture, and physics.
His self-acquired knowledge, combined with his creative ideas, made him a man ahead of his time and a leading innovator.
Murray Spangler developed a mindset similar to Bucky Fuller’s. As a department store janitor, Spangler suffered considerable discomfort from the dust his broom stirred up. The wheezing and coughing prompted him to find an unconventional way to clean floors. “Why not eliminate the sweeping,” he thought, “and suck up the dust instead.” His friend, H.W. Hoover, financed the first awkward but functional vacuum cleaner. Spangler’s futuristic, uncluttered thinking allowed him to overcome personal discomfort and go beyond conventional thinking.
So, know that Creativity is a skill that can be developed.  I have used the CD I spoke about in number 8 above to come up with all my product including seminars, books, CDs, DVDs and Packs – it was like the ideas kept coming by deliberately using the subconscious mind!
All the best

"Your gift from God is your potential – Your gift to God is to use it." 
PS.  Some short new Videos I have put on Youtube – Please leave a comment and tell others
Infinite Joy in Peaceful Place – it is absolutely beautiful scenery and music.  
Can you really do that with your mind? – this video is an extract from the Students Seminar. In front of your own eyes you can see the power of your mind at work - you can expand the cells in your body. You have control over your cells and you can witness your fingers stretching and growing for a short while (at least)!
Success Stories

I attended a two-day workshop with Sandy MacGregor, seeking out an increment in my level of self-awareness, particulary increasing my creative talents. At Sandy's workshop I was encouraged to identify some goals and through Sandy established a method by which I could achieve those goals. My two goals were, one to become established in my artistic style and thereafter proceed to a one-man art exhibition; and two to construct a 25 foot steam launch. Within a matter of months my artistic style was found to be established and I had 3 one-man exhibitions in one of Sydney's leading contemporary art galleries. The matter of the steam launch presented some most serious difficulties for which I really used my creativity. The challenges included finding the unique timber necessary for the hull, without demolishing a further forest to find an appropriate steam engine, boiler and thereafter ship-right. All of these demands promptly fell into place and I have the engine and boiler in hand and the boat should be completed in 12 months. Sandy taught techniques as to how to set and achieve goals and how to tap my creativity.O.G. NSW

During a CALM seminar conducted by Sandy MacGregor, Sandy showed us how to tap into our creative selves through a very specific meditation routine guided by him. We had already learned how to build and access our "Peaceful Place", the Peaceful Place we create in our subconscious, and from there we went deeper into the dreamlike state - the Theta state. Wow! Suddenly the room, the sounds, the people around me disappeared and I was alone, seeing only a part of a novel in progress that I was seriously having trouble with.
    That part of the plot was all spread out beneath me. My hero and heroine became alive, they "told" me what they wanted to do, how they wanted their story written. I sat up and started writing, without much conscious awareness of what I was doing. My hand found my paper and pen and I mapped a mind chart of the "goings-on" of my hero and heroine. I could feel that it was right. I was writing without stress.
     As I reached the end of what my subconscious was telling me, I found the seminar still going on around me, people were doing other things and I was scribbling away, with Sandy trying to attract my attention and our "music-maestro", looking at me strangely. Well, I had been somewhere, and found something. Now I know what that was. It was the power of subconscious thought and it works! Now when I sit down to write, it is a joy and so very soothing. I won't say it's easy, writing is a learned skill, but what I want to write about is in my subconscious mind, just waiting for me to find it. The world around me goes away. I don't hear anything or feel any stress. Distractions fade away and I am alone in a very private world, a world of stories and poems, sometimes some forgotten French verbs! Yes, it is all there waiting to be used. All I have to say to myself is: "Hi, let's do it!" - and we, my inner spirit and I, do it. Learning to use the subconscious mind, the inner spirit we all have, becomes easier with practise, and I can most sincerely recommend this method to all.


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