Creativity is an art. And whether you express art through photography, graphic design, dance, or even marketable ideas, like any artist you are sure to encounter creative writer’s block every now and then.
Being creative isn’t easy and sometimes (OK, most of the time) it is hard to admit that it is you who is keeping yourself from reaching your inventive potential.
Though being the great artist you are, we know you look to better yourself with methods that can help you break through the blockade to your genius!
Here are five of our favorites:
1. Shed Defense Mentality
Doubting your ideas as being too off-the-wall or silly can hinder the creative process.
Preface a brainstorming session by explaining that the environment is judgment-free and that the crazier the idea you share the better. It will help you and your employees confidently contribute a variety of ideas that you can figure out the details for later.
Leave the discussion about if an idea doesn’t quite match the brand or is out of budget for later. Because who knows if a zany idea now could pivot to an actionable idea down the road!
2. Think Simple
What goal are you trying to reach?
If you keep this in mind when organizing your ideas, you are sure to reach that goal faster.
But if it gets difficult trying to sort your ideas, try summing up your thoughts in one sentence. If you can’t, move onto the next idea and attempt the same exercise.
Clear and concise starting points help when complicated decisions arise later in the process.
3. Face Your Fears
Resisting creativity because of self-doubt or questions you can’t answer right away only stifles success.
“Once you face your fear you will get emotional about it. Channel that emotion into creating something” (Funders and Founders).
4. Be Wrong
If you’re wrong, you’ve learned something. And learning is the only way to combat eventual failure.
To be wrong doesn’t mean you have failed, and there are ways of coming back from both. So embrace being wrong, because you may have taught everybody something!
5. Live like there is no crisis
There are some people who will always make a mountain out of a mole hill, but you can’t let those people hold you back from doing what you need to do to execute your ideas.
Keeping yourself calm and collected through a crisis gives you agility to resolve the situation.
So when you find yourself unable to find the spark for your next idea, look back to this infographic and find the confidence you need to be creative!
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog and Twitter.