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6 Simple Ways to Be More Creative When It Doesn’t Come to You Naturally

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One of the most important things you need if you want to succeed in the business world is creativity. When you are an entrepreneur, you are constantly marketing yourself and your business.

In order to succeed at marketing, you need to be able to discover new ways to promote yourself creatively. Things like signs, flags, banners, billboards and logos require creativity to make them work.

Many people fear that they are not naturally creative. While it is true that some people are born with more creativity than others are, most psychologists believe that people can increase their creativity with practice.

If you want to boost your creativity, follow this guide to learn how to become more creative:

1. Take a Creative Course

One of the best methods of becoming more creative is to take a creative class. Artistic courses like photography, creative writing, and video production are all commonly taught in most communities. Your local community college should offer a wealth of courses that allow you a chance to flex your creative muscles.

2. Start Exercising

If you find that you struggle to think creatively and you don’t regularly exercise, you should start working out to boost your creativity. Research has shown that exercising can enhance creative thinking. In fact, many famously creative people like author Stephen King, goes for walks when he is in need of creative inspiration. Next time you are having trouble figuring out how to be creative, take 30 minutes to go for a walk, jog or swim to help get those creative juices flowing.

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” – Gene Tunney

3. Learn to Play an Instrument

One of the most brilliantly creative minds in human history belonged to Albert Einstein. Among his most famous quotes is the gem, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” His creative genius helped to fundamentally transform the way physicists viewed the universe.

When Einstein was in need of creative inspiration, he would pick up his violin and start playing. He would often find inspiration for solving complex equations when he would take breaks from his work to play.

4. Travel

Throughout history, travel has been one of the greatest resources people have discovered for boosting their creativity. If you live in one place your whole life and never explore the wider world, your brain can get trapped inside a box that walls off your thinking. If you want to think outside of the box, you have to go to new places where you can experience alternate approaches to life.

When you travel to foreign countries and embrace a new culture, you will come back from your trip with a brain that has been rewired to think in different ways than before. That is why travelling is among the most powerful resources for becoming more creative.

5. Think Like a Child

Children are more creative than most adults because they have not yet been shaped by society to restrict their thinking with lots of limitations. For most children, there are no limits when it comes to the way they approach the world.

Their thoughts can often be incredibly insightful because they can look at problems with eyes that see the world in a unique way. If you want to learn how to become a creative person, start thinking like a child when you desire inspiration. Even if your thoughts become ridiculous as you let them go wherever they want, you just might generate a kernel of thought that can be developed into something magical.

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” – Kailash Satyarthi

6. Take Breaks

If you are like most people, you have probably experienced a moment when you came up with a solution to a problem when you were thinking about something completely different. The brain can often come up with creative ideas when it has a chance to take a break.

Even though your conscious mind is not thinking about the problem, your unconscious mind is working hard behind the scenes to generate a solution. Creativity cannot be forced. If you have been working hard at something and cannot generate any good ideas, then take a break to give your brain a chance to recharge.

Everyone has the capacity to become more creative. If you experiment with the above tips, you will be sure to increase your creativity. Don’t give up if you hit roadblocks along the way. The key is to keep trying new approaches until you find one that works for you. Over time, you will discover the perfect process to help you find inspiration when you need it.

What are some other ways that you get your creative juices flowing? Leave your thoughts below!

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Victoria Hill studied communication arts and worked with the magazine editorial team in Sydney before joining an art team at another ad agency. Aside from her experience working with businesses, she has been writing as a ghostwriter ever since she was in college. This time she writes for SiteSmART. Her favorite topics covered human development, business communication, online and offline marketing, modern and pop art, minimalism, and self-development.

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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3 Psychological Facts That Can Unleash Your Inner Power

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