Creativity is the driving force of our life, that urges us to manifest into the physical plane our ideas which inspire us and give us a purpose in life. It is a fundamental parameter for the success of every new entrepreneurial venture or business project. Nonetheless, sometimes we neglect to use it properly, ending up blocking it completely.
How can we prevent this blocking hazard and receive the best benefits for our business? As a creativity coach I have repeatedly observed that the solution to this problem can be given to us simply by observing children’s behavior. Their natural habits provide unique insights to solving this creativity blocking problem.
Let me share with you the story about a client of mine, let’s call her Suzan, who dealt with this creativity blocking, and how the 5 secrets of children’s behaviour, that I am about to tell you, helped her overcome it.
Suzan loved her job as an architect and loved going to her office every day. However, lately she has been procrastinating. She wanted to create new sketches for new building projects, but she was feeling tied down by her daily routine, and she had very little time to think creatively. Every day she promised herself, “Today I will focus on my new projects and nothing else, and I will keep doing that until they are complete.” But she wasn’t keeping that promise. Something else always needed her immediate care. Her priorities were never set on what she wanted to create.
Finally she realized that her creativity was blocked. Instead of investing her time in things that inspired her, she was merely spending her time doing administrative stuff and running errands all day long. This spoiled her energy and made her exhausted, disoriented and in a negative mood that not only left her far from inspired, but also caused her to lose her focus on the creative projects that were important to her.
But why did Suzan end up living in a mostly uncreative way? What happened to her is what probably happens to most adults. Little by little, day by day, we forget the behaviors we used to have as kids that enhanced our creative attitudes. We focus more on the “shoulds” and “musts” of the daily life, which dictate a very strict and uninspired way of behaving: following a very precise program of “to dos”, going to work, meeting specific social obligations and running errands for our household or job. This condition leads us far away from some wonderful habits we used to have before we reached adulthood. These childhood behaviors, if carried into adulthood and adjusted to our adult lifestyle, can ensure increased creativity and allow us to develop our creative side so that we actually implement all our creative projects enjoyably and to our benefit.
So, what are the things we can learn from kids in order to keep our creative muscle energized and in shape? Here are five habits to incorporate into our daily life. Suzan adopted them and witnessed her creativity unblocking, many new ideas saw their realization and she actually now enjoys a successful and flourishing architecture firm.
#1 Never take something for granted.
Children examine everything as totally new information, from the simplest object to the most elaborate scene. They exhibit a constant natural curiosity about everything, from a regular object, like their plastic goblet, to more elaborated ones like a mechanical toy, a TV set, or a bicycle. This big “why” children keep asking all the time is a rich source of knowledge and inspiration. As adults, we take a lot of this for granted and we don’t put many questions into our daily routine. If we start following kids’ examples, this could provide us with new perspectives of the “usual” and the “routine” and thus with refreshing solutions to overcome our constant preoccupation with uncreative obligations.
#2 All is done happily.
The quest for creativity is a source of happy emotions for children. When they create, they do it joyfully, and they are happy because they can express their creativity. This is the loop of creativity. The more we create, the more happy we become, and when we are happy we can be more and more creative. Non-creative activities do not offer us any positive emotion, only frustration and stress, that after a while drains our creative energy, leaving us unmotivated and easily overwhelmed. In order to re-boost our own creative loop, we can create minor projects that will certainly provide us with positive emotions upon their completion. These emotions will become the basis of new creative projects.
#3 They act NOW!
When children want to create (most of the time in the form of playing), they act immediately. Whatever is in their mind, they go for it instantly. They don’t postpone it. This drive is the best medicine for procrastination. We, on the contrary, think a lot before proceeding to a new step, sometimes even projecting many hypothetical outcomes. All this mental activity is proven to be counterproductive and time consuming. Far too often the mind produces hesitations that leave us stuck to inaction. If we adopt the “action now” behavior kids manifest, we will observe how fast and with surprisingly good results we can bring to fruition our projects.
#4 Deconstruct and reconstruct, that’s the route to innovation and creation.
Children like to decompose an ensemble, observing its components, understanding how they are put together and how they function. Many times they attempt to put them together in a different way and find a new version of the ensemble. This way of constructing – deconstructing reality sharpens their problem solving and imagination skills, two of the most important building blocks of creative thinking. If adults imitate this way of contemplating, they can find themselves having more creative ideas and simultaneously conceiving several ways to put them into action.
#5 Perfection is not an issue.
Children do not project high expectations on their creativity. They do not expect to ensure the best outcomes in order to realize an idea. They merely conceive and start creating in the physical plane. They don’t put obstacles in the way of manifestation, such as, “If it is not perfect, it’s not worth doing.” In the end, they have their idea done (e.g. a painting, a song, a pottery sculpture), along with great satisfaction over their accomplishment (aka a boost of positive emotions) and a newly acquired experience that offers betterment to their skills. We can do the same thing; start creating without criticizing our projects with an overdose of perfectionism. The results will surprise you with unadulterated joy.
So how much time and energy does it take to start implementing the core ideas of these strategies to our own adult daily life? It suffices to let ourselves stay genuine to our personality and apply them in small ways to our natural behavior.
Do you ever feel creative blocks in your own business? Have you ever considered the child mindset as a way to break free of those barriers and apply these strategies to your entrepreneurial activity? Apply these hacks for a couple of months and watch what happens. I would me more than happy to get your feedback on this!
Last modified: April 7, 2021