Creativity is the capacity to re-imagine, to make new and novel connections between existing concepts.
Not the "creative" type? You can be ...
Creativity is like a muscle: It grows and develops with exercise, practice. In other words, if you apply yourself, you can train your brain to be more artistic and imaginative, more innovative.
Creativity is like a muscle: It grows and develops with exercise, practice.
Ready to make an effort? Here's what you do:
Step 1: Open SnapChat.
Don't have SnapChat? Download it. It's free.
Step 2: Play the alphabet game.
The mechanics are easy:
- Spot a letter
- Take a picture
- Outline it with the draw tool
- Save it to your camera roll
You can look for letters everywhere: In the clouds; in the branches of a tree; in the tangled wires underneath your desk. Your goal is to outline one letter each day for 26 days.
But don't cheat: You can't draw an "H" in the sand at the beach. Printed letters, obviously, are also off limits.
Step 3: Stretch your creativity.
Too easy? Getting bored? Make the game harder. Challenge yourself to:
- Find only capitals
- Find every letter in order
- Find more than one letter a day
You can also keep yourself honest and motivated by playing against someone.
Over time ...
You'll find it easier to connect seemingly unrelated dots, which is the measure of a creative individual. Why? Because the game consistently forces you to analyze your surroundings, to dig below the surface, ever-deeper.
The result is a steady, gradual rewiring of your perspective and thought process, elements that enable creative thinking.