Go Looking for Trouble

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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Another way to break creative block…

I know this might sound counterproductive, or possibly counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to overcome creative block is to look for trouble. Something tells me I’d better explain. You see, most of creativity is problem solving, so a great way to get your creativity firing is look for a problem to solve.

Maybe something’s broken and needs fixing. Maybe you see someone who needs help or a wrong that needs to be righted. Maybe you just look and something and think there has got to be a better way. Maybe there’s something that is always a general pain to do and you dread it every time you have to do it.

Once you find the problem, the trick is to think outside the box. After all you’re probably not the first person to try to solve the problem. What have the others not done? Remember Albert Einstein’’s famous reminder, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” In other words, if you do what you’ve always done (or whatever everybody else has done), you’ll get what you’ve always got.

Try new angles. Maybe the solution is ultra simple, so don’t overlook the easy way. Don’t get stuck in your own limitations. You don’t have to be able to make it work. Remember we’re just looking for a creativity boost here, so you don’t even have to stay realistic and workable. Let your imagination run wild, the sky’s the limit. Of course, on the other hand, someone in our world will actually solve this problem.

What if it could be you?


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