all those who attain great success may vary in many things but they have one thing in common; they think creatively.
German-born American physicist and Nobel laureate, Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Imagination is nothing less than Creative thinking. Creative thinking is simply the act of stretching your imagination, to see possibilities in your job, calling, and environment.
Successful people in all walks of life practice creativity; successful pastors constantly develop new ways to keep their Christians, fruitful business men always devise fresh means to attract customers, prosperous married people continually create new methods to entertain their spouses. Creative thinking is a serious tool to destiny fulfillment.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE A CREATIVE THINKER
Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before they start; ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes, ideas are products of the imagination. Real leaders of the world have always been men who harnessed and put into practical use the intangible, unseen forces of unborn opportunity, and have converted those forces, [or impulses of thought] into concrete objects and projects. creative thinking can be motivated by the following:
It is the Power to Discover Sources of Wealth
Because of creative thinking, People have discovered sources of wealth in things nobody could ever have imagined and have been of great help to humanity. Because of creativity we, today, have new ways of preaching the gospel; we have the television, the radio, the satellite. Do you know that if not of the creative thoughts of some people, you will still be reading the Bible from the scrolls? It took the creativity of people like Johannes Gutenberg for you to have the paper and the printing press. All what you come in contact with daily was invented by somebody.
The Capacity Lies within You
You too can catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value. Your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents is now. All those who invented the things we see were not supermen; they were just as ordinary as you are but had an extraordinary way of thinking which you too can develop. May be you will not need to make great exploits like; Columbus who dreamed of an Unknown world, staked his life on the existence of such a world, and discovered it, Or great inventions like Henry Ford but, you too can create, and no matter how small your invention may be it will surely serve someone.
It Pays in the Long Run
Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination. God seems to throw Himself on the side of the man who knows exactly what he wants, if he is determined to get just that! Be creative in your thinking so that you can fulfill your destiny. The stories are endless of ordinary people who had an idea and used that idea to enhance their destiny. Thinkers are always ahead of others. Creative thinking pays highly as there is no standard price on ideas. The creator of ideas makes his own price. All master salesmen know that ideas can be sold where merchandise cannot. Ordinary salesmen do not know this—that is why they are ordinary. There is no fixed price for sound ideas!
SIX TIPS FOR CREATIVE THINKING
In a time of change where we need to solve major intractable problems, we need to be more creative; and instead of known thoughts and known solutions, develop new thoughts and new solution. This is how great inventors proceed:
1 – They Think like A Child
As adults we tend to think in a conditioned way aimed at showing how clever we are. Yet, as children, we are simply spontaneous and far more curious in our thinking. To re-capture your childhood curiosity, allow yourself to just wonder at things, to be completely present in the here and now, and to detach yourself from what you thought was real.
Why are leaves green?
Who is Father Christmas?
What makes us yawn?
Where do people come from?
Why do we have to go to sleep?
What’s at the end of a rainbow?
What happens when we die?
What makes us laugh?
Why do people fight?
What makes the light go on?
Where do animals go when they die?
Why do we have to work?
2 –They Are More Curious
The search for new answers to old problems starts with being curious about the problem and looking at it with fresh eyes. Sigmund Freud said that such curiosity comes more naturally to children than adults. Other great inventors have also recognized the importance of being curious about the world. This is how Leonardo da Vinci described his endless curiosity: “I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprint of coral and plant and seaweed found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye, why circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a storm and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.”
3 – They Play with Ideas
The route to creativity is to see things in ways that nobody has seen before. Albert Einstein, the father of modern science, imagined how his theory of relativity could work by lying on a grassy hillside and picturing himself riding on a sunbeam into the universe. Steven Spielberg, director of the science fiction film “Close Encounters of a Third Kind”, imagined the spaceship he used in the film by standing upside down on his car bonnet and looking at the night lights of Los Angeles. The great comedian, Buster Keaton, was one of the most original and inspired creative thinkers of the era of silent movies. He was once asked onto the set of a film to help a director who had put a character into a predicament from which there appeared no logical escape. The character had to get out of a room through one of two doors. One door led into an adjoining room where there was a group of people whom he did not want to meet. The other door led to the outside where the plot had inconsiderately placed a vicious barking dog. Without even stopping to think, Keaton provided a solution. All the character had to do was to take the door off its hinges, open it a bit to let the dog into the room and then escape the snatches of the dog’s teeth by swiveling the door around full circle, leaving the dog on the inside and himself on the outside.
4 – They Make New Connections
To be innovative doesn’t require a university degree; it simply requires making a connection between existing ideas. For instance, did you know that ice cream was invented in 2000 BC yet it took another 3900 years for someone to come up with the idea of a cone? It’s when you take two seemingly unrelated items and use the spark of creativity that inventiveness happens. This is what one inventor did when he was puzzling one lazy morning in bed about how to invent the perfect egg-cup that would adjust to fit all shapes and sizes of egg. Suddenly a bed-spring collapsed with a twanging sound, and the perfect egg-cup, a coiled metal spring to support any kind of egg, was invented. Try this trick for yourself. Put together two unconnected objects in the room right now – such as a stapler and a pair of scissors – and find a use for them.
5-They Laugh More
Tom Peters says that the creativity of a workplace can be measured by a laughometer, i.e. how much people in the organization laugh. Humour is one of the greatest creative devices. It jolts us out of our normal patterns and puts ideas together that shouldn’t go together. It has been found that after listening to comedy tapes, students’ ability to solve problems rises by 60%. “I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities,” Declares, the American author and artist, Geisel Theodor Seuss.
6-They Think outside Your Limits
Many of the products we take for granted today are the result of people thinking outside their limits. John Lynn recalls attending a computer conference in the 1980’s at a hotel when someone joked that the next thing they’d be thinking of would be computerized doors. When he went back to the same hotel 20 years later, all the doors used computer-programmed key cards. You can practice this kind of thinking with these pointers: When we think vertically, we limit ourselves to what we already know, what’s been done before and the old ways of thinking. We can build upwards as a result but our progress is more of the same or vertical evolution. The alternative to vertical thinking is lateral, or horizontal, thinking. It is also outrageous thinking, curious thinking, thinking the unthinkable, and creative thinking.
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