One definition from the Collins English dictionary offers ‘ having the ability to create, characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination, characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions ‘
Everyone has the capacity to be creative, although not all in the same way. I have written before about ways in which you develop your creativity and you can see these here . Everyone expresses creativity in their own way and so it is important to look for ways in which you can or do display your creativity.
What I want to do here is to offer some reasons why you would want to do this.
Re-ignite your passion. There are many ways in which you can develop creativity and by picking one of these and pursuing it you can enter into a new universe and find a new passion. For example I have never written a book and am now following a course on creative writing which is leading to me writing every day and starting to develop a short story or two!
Be creative in problem solving and you will find that your skill at solving problems develops immensely. Creative problem solving enables and encourages you to see the big picture and not to go down the same road each time you encounter a problem.
Open yourself up to new opportunities by developing your creativity. You will start to see the world from different perspectives which will open you up to all sorts of different opportunities
Do things differently.You will start to live your life differently, and enjoying doing things differently will impact on your whole life and create change.
Become more productive and effective at work as you challenge the old order in which you did things and search out new and better ways of doing them.
Creativity leads to innovation and this can open up many possibilities for you if your follow this course.
Finally being more creative will be less boring and you will have fun!
I am sure there are more reasons, what would you add to this list?
Barbara is an executive coach, change and creativity facilitator. She offers facilitated workshops in creative problem solving. She has recently co-authored a book on creative problem solving with Tracy Stanley, called Creativity Cycling.