I have seen various discussions on whether creative thinking is a natural ability, something that you are either born with or without, or a skill, something that can be taught and that we all can learn. I like to favor the latter. Through my own experience I have seen many people improve in their ability to be creative. Today, while marking a stack of assignments, I came across a different point of view. Maybe creativity is not a skill but a mindset.
Creativity may not be a skill but a result of the general way you think about and approach things. Over time, as you run through creativity building exercises, you are not developing a skill but instead forming a particular mindset. A way in which your mind will work, and which it will always work. A way that tends to lead to better and more varied ideas.
For instance, do you find yourself always questioning things? Are you always mixing things together and considering what the output may be? Do you see problems as challenges to overcome rather than things to put up with?
This is not a skill as such but a general way in which you approach things.
And now the hit.
This has an interesting side effect.
Research suggests that it takes about 2 months to form a habit. If you are determined and consistent then just about anything can be turned into a habit.
So if we can create a set of activities that will help form the right set of thinking models as habits, can we turn anyone into a highly creative person?
What are your thoughts on this?
Do you think it's doable and what activities or thinking habits would you advise?
You're on your way to becoming a Highly Creative Person.