Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tap Into Your Imagination to Release Your Creative Spirit

Many people think that they don't have a creative bone in their body but that just isn't true. Remember when you were a kid and you could creatively make up games, build secret forts and more? Or how about that imaginary friend you talked to? Those things all prove that you once were creative and can be again. Learning to use your imagination again is a great way to work on developing your creativity.

Like a muscle, your imagination can become weak from disuse. By making time to exercise your imagination with a few fun mind games, you’ll soon find it’s strong enough to bring out your inner creative self. Here’s how.

Grab the nearest book or magazine you have close by - open it up to a random page and then choose one sentence. Now, let your imagination run wild and create a story based around that sentence. This is not only a great way to tap into your imagination, but it's also a quick way to get your creative juices flowing. If you ever find you're hitting that dreaded writers block, this is a quick trick to use to help get past it.

Pick a superpower - yes, you read that correctly. It may sound a bit silly but don't skip over it. It's fun, lets you bring your inner child out and it's a great way to practice your imagination skills and in turn, bring the creativity out.

After you choose your superpower, don't stop there. Now it's time to let the creativity show. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How would I use this power?
  • When would I use this power?
  • How would my life change with this power?
  • What trouble would I get in?
  • What problems would be solved?

I bet you'll be surprised at where your imagination takes you. Grab a pen and piece of paper and write as you do this exercise. Who knows what it could turn into - a blog post, an eBook, a YouTube video…the possibilities are endless.

Venture outside and take a walk - this one is simple and easy but incredibly powerful. As you walk, not only are you getting some fresh air and exercise, but you're also allowing your mind to run free. Use your senses to get your imagination going. Example: smell - are you near pine trees? Breathe deep and smell the pine then start imagining being in an enchanted forest or medieval kingdom. The key here is to use as many of your five senses as you can and let your imagination go from there.
This is just a small list of ways you can tap into your imagination to help develop your creativity. By no means is this an exhaustive list of ideas, it's just meant as a starting point for you. Once you’ve practiced these ideas, you’ll find more will come to you. The key is to not censor your thoughts, but to just allow your imagination to run wild, just like when you were a kid.