The inspiration of creativity is not limited to imagination generally associated with the fine arts. It could be understood as a guided sort of self-expression that perpetuates solution(s) to a problem, also referred to as the notion of “creative thinking”.
For entrepreneurs whose capital are restricted but in need of a boost in creativity to resolving issues, propelling their businesses forward for greater growth, or observing strategies with a wider perspective, there are methods that could help your business without affecting your budget.
The idea that doing something creative to spark potential creativity may sound trivial and obvious. However, this method works for a number of reasons. Scientifically, you are engaging both hemispheres of your brain by actively producing a piece of artwork, such as painting. You imagine and create, but simultaneously, you also executive with logic and organized thoughts. On a personal level, creating artwork is a solitary activity that promotes self-care. Doing something for yourself could bring tremendous happiness, which again could provide new perspective to troubling hindrances. A few hours spent at your local art or history museums are wonderful alternatives.
According to research by Daniela Kaufer, associate professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, some stress to the body and mind is actually good for your performance level. Therefore, the suggestion to meditate is not a means to prevent stress, but rather to bring about a sense of equilibrium when the amount of stress becomes overwhelming, or when you feel your focus is wandering. The most effective and direct form of meditation is to concentrate on your breath for a designated period of time. For a guided meditation and accompanying music, consider using apps such as Headspace or Yogitunes.
One of the greatest gifts of life is mother earth. The simple act of observing your surrounding of blue skies, green leaves, brown forest beds, and the turquoise waterfront could stimulate your senses of sight, touch, smell, and hearing, allowing you to relax and open your mind to thoughts that are worthy of your headspace. Be fully present in the moment. Forget your phones, forget your to-do lists. Simply breathe in the fresh air, feel the breeze tousling your hair, and soak in the basic bliss of being in nature. The U.S. National Park Service provides a list of parks you could visit in your home state.
If you’re reading this post here, you are already on your way to an enlightening start to a library of creative output. Read in a variety of mediums: books, magazines, blog posts, scholarly journals, news articles etc. Read in multiple genres. Read things you don’t like. Read things that are instructive. Read things that you love. Whatever you choose to read, be one that intrigues you to deliberate further.
Following the wealth of knowledge you’ve accumulated from your reading ventures, writing is the natural extension. This does not have to be epic novels or beautifully crafted idioms with soulful resonance. It could be you journaling your daily thoughts, jotting down interesting things you witnessed or experienced on your travels, flush out all sorts of ideas—the good and the bad, and develop relationship flow charts to connect your seemingly scattered thoughts and watch it take on new meaning. Write so you don’t forget how you’re feeling, why it is happening, and what all that means to you.
The seemingly mundane offerings of life could sometimes be just the right medicine for your problems. If these are things that you are already undertaking—keep it up and wonderful things are sure to come your way. If you have not had the opportunity to pursue these means of luring the creative thinking mind, trying something new like this is bound to inspire novelty.
Contributing Author, Betsy Kwong
Betsy is the managing director of Boon Tea, a California lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring life through the celebration and appreciation of the arts and culture. She is also the Lead Instructor for Boon Yoga, a yoga method that advocates for the concept of slow living and self-expression with an emphasis on the teachings of Hatha Yoga. Her goal is to help others find the means to lead a purposeful and conscious life. In her free time, Betsy likes to go on hikes with her goldendoodle Bailey, read, and do pottery.