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6 Unusual Exercises to Effectively Increase Your Creativity Faster Than Ever

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Although a vast majority of people think that creativity is something you are born with, the truth is a bit different. While we cannot deny that you need natural talent to a certain extent, stimulating creative thinking is indeed a matter of practice. If you give this thought a bit of thinking, you can realize pretty quickly that even the most fascinating and creative minds have faced the lack of creativity at some point in their lives.

Here are 6 effective exercises to increase creativity easily and faster than ever:

1. Finish the given picture

As the name suggests, this exercise involves getting a simple unfinished picture you need to complete yourself. The method has been used widely since the 1960s and has proven to be very helpful when you need to increase your creativity. It is fascinating to see how a few simple lines and shapes can inspire you to create a completely new picture.

Moreover, the method is highly helpful when you feel the pressure or the consequences of burnout. Taking your mind and thoughts off the burning issues and creating something surprisingly imaginative and eye catching will boost your confidence and your enthusiasm will make a difference.

2. Turn your whole world upside down

When you need to increase your creativity, it helps considerably to observe the items in your surroundings from a different perspective. For example, choose a picture of a person’s face. Then, do your best to draw the face upside-down. Although it might feel a bit unusual in the beginning, the aim of this exercise is to focus on lines, shapes, and colors instead of concentrating on presenting the face as realistic as you can.

Generally, leaving the tried and trusted methods and breaking out of your comfort zone motivates the brain to work intensively, make connections between items, and identify new patterns. Eventually, this practice cannot but result in new creative ideas and improved creativity as a whole.

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

3. What is it like to choose quantity over quality?

Not seldom are we said that choosing quality over quantity is always the right thing to do. However, when you feel stuck in a creative dead end, the opposite tactic is highly helpful. One of the exercises to increase your creativity involves 20-30 blank circles on a piece of paper, 2-3 minutes of your time, and a pencil. Your task is to fill in these circles with as many drawings as possible.

The aim of this exercise is to realize that in certain situations when quantity matters there is no time for self-censoring. The more ideas you get, the better. Finally, this is how creativity works. Brainstorming is what most often precedes choosing the right idea in the given circumstances.

4. The paper-clip test

The paper-clip test is what you can apply while trying to organize your space to make it more appropriate and inspiring for creative work. In this test, you need to list as many uses of a common object as you can in only 2 minutes. 

The aim is, firstly, to remember the situations you most often use these items in and then possibly come up with some new uses as well. Once you start dealing with this test, you will be surprised by the number of various new ideas you get through an activity as simple as this one.

5. Turn recycling into abstract art

You think this is not possible? Well, you better think twice. One of the exercises to increase creativity involves exploring your recycling bin, choosing a few items you find there, and creating an unusual construction. You might need a pair of scissors, some glue, or tape. Although you might encounter some difficulties in the beginning, you will soon be amazed by the products of your creative work.

A variant of this exercise is to use your junk mail to form a new piece of writing with the information you find there. Simply connect the ideas, terms and phrases you come across and explore ways to combine them into a unique piece of writing. Understandably, it will take some time to get used to this method, but the highly humorous, fascinating results will make you want to repeat this activity frequently.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

6. Physical exercise

Not only are physical exercises useful when you are overloaded with work, but they also increase your creativity. The type of exercises you choose will depend on your interests, preferences, amount of free time, and many other factors.

Physical exercises do tire your body, but they also sharpen your mind and put your brain in an active mode. Activity relieves stress and stress is, as we all know, one of the greatest enemies of inspiration and creative thought. Whether you like yoga, hiking, cycling, or any of the numerous team sports, stop making excuses and get down to work. You will not only boost your creativity but make your lifestyle healthy as well.

Generally, creativity is connected to art. However, we often forget that it is present in many other life spheres as well. Creative thinking helps us solve problems, find solutions, adapt to new circumstances and integrate into new communities. When observed in this new light, it turns out that creativity is one of the most important skills we need to master to improve the quality of our life.

Although at times we do feel too troubled to pay close attention to this aspect of our living, it turns out that applying exercises to increase creativity on a regular basis is a mere necessity. Whether you’re an artistic soul, a banker, a medical worker, or a businessman, creativity will help you deal with difficult situations on a daily basis. 

How do you get your creative juices flowing to produce excellent results in your life? Share your thoughts and ideas with us below!

Linda Smith is a painter who likes exploring the world and traveling immensely. She has frequently moved her home with the help of professional movers like Bluebell Relocation Services in her attempt to find the most inspiring place to live. Meanwhile, she became a successful copywriter who writes primarily on the best ways to fight a lack of inspiration and creativity. She has been studying this issue for quite some time and now she enjoys sharing her knowledge, findings, and experience with others. She can tell you how to organize your space and many more things that will take your creativity to the highest level.

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How to Write a Personal Destiny Statement in 3 Steps

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We all have a God-given destiny to fulfill that we were each born with. I personally believe it is buried deep down within us. The number one secret to success is to let it emerge out of you and release it to the world. What is my destiny you may ask? It is the thing you would regret not doing before leaving Planet Earth. (more…)

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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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Why You Never Have Enough Time and What You Need to Do About It

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Has this ever happened to you? You had an assignment, and the deadline was far away. You didn’t work on it much, but in the back of your mind, that insistent little voice was always whispering, “I gotta get this assignment done.” (more…)

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3 Psychological Facts That Can Unleash Your Inner Power

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Some people will achieve great things. Others won’t. But why is that? We’re all just “talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe,” as Joe Rogan puts it. So why do some “talking monkeys” build 7 or 8 figure businesses, travel the world, and live the life of their dreams while the rest of us… well, wish we were living the life of our dreams. (more…)

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