Monday, 10 June 2013

#Dazzall

As I sat down to write this article, I’m at a loss for how to start it. I sat like this for a little while – procrastinating, checking Pings and Twitter simutaneouly, pouring a glass of water. I decided to get up and soak some Garri ganished with groundnut and sugar. Maybe something will come to me.

… and BANG – there it is. Almost as soon as I walk away from the keyboard, the idea hits me that I should start by writing about what I do to find the words or the ideas I need.

When I’m stuck for an idea, I get up, call Sugar-baby, gist with her, walk… whatever I need to do to shift the need to create something from the forefront of my mind. In my research into creativity I have found my instinctive way of opening myself to ideas is quite common.

My approach to overcoming a mental block is affirmed by Jonah Lehrer in his book Imagine: the science of creativity (a must read for all). He writes that it is often after we’ve stopped searching for it that an answer arrives. He explains that while our conscious mind is preoccupied with a routine activity, a part of our unconscious mind is directed inwards toward a stream of consciousness emanating from the right hemisphere of our brain that enable us to the join the dots that lead to new insights. In contrast, focusing attention on solving a problem can actually prevent our brain from making the connections necessary for insight.
However, Lehrer also notes that in order to reach this moment of insight we need to have done the grunt work. That is, to have considered the problem or issue, to have looked at it from multiple angles, to have put in the hours, and then, when we reach a road block and we can’t think of another way forward, we walk away and let our unconscious mind take over. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who developed the notion of “flow”, concurs, stating that genuine creative accomplishment is rarely just a lightbulb moment, but comes after years of hard work.

Creativity is commonly seen as some kind of mystical talent bestowed upon some and not others. The ancient Greeks believed that creativity was external to a person and was bestowed upon them by some magical being, sometimes called a ‘genius’ or ‘muse’. However, there is plenty of research and anecdotal evidence that demonstrates that anyone can be more creative, but perhaps the development and expression of creativity is moderated by how much one values creativity. As Productivity Expert Remi Dairo put it when I spoke to him recently, “everyone is creative, some more than others. They underline it. They put it in bold.”

As you may have gathered by now, this article is about creativity and the title does not blend either. Well, I don't know what to call it. :D . It is in fact the first of a two-part article on creativity at work. In reading it, I hope you will get to value creativity, believe that you are capable of being creative, and be inspired to make some changes in your life to nurture creativity. Whether you are a writer, reader (like my friend, Olawale Famuyide), a dancer, a musician, a designer, a teacher, a businessperson or a parent, creativity can add enormous value to your life and open doors that help you achieve the things you want in life.

In preparing for everyday activities, bear in mind that my own definition of creativity is "excellence". Nothing more but details. #Dazzall!

Tomisin Ajiboye
Idea management, problem solving.
Creativity Consultant at Solvere Word Consult
Author: Crazetivity Seriex, CIDPIE creative process model, Midde 1.0
Founder: #InspireMonday(www.inspiremonday.com) & Creative Entrepreneur Organization CEO
Twitter - @tomisinajiboye

24 comments:

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    1. my boss on my comment list. Dancing azonto,

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  2. Lol, what a title, well that is what differentiate readers from writer. But I must stay that I wasn't expecting anything less from Mr Creativity himself. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Olawale, you are a registered agbaya and terrorist. It is an honor. thanks sir

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