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8 Exercises to Strengthen Your Creativity

Creativity is a muscle. When we work it out, it gets stronger, and when we fail to exercise it, it gets weaker.

The act of creating takes sweat and effort. A series of studies done on some of the most creative “geniuses” in history has identified a few trends common in extremely creative people that innovate and create ideas to influence change in their fields.

Here are eight exercises that can make us creatively stronger:

Think Visibly

Don’t just rest on language. Allow space, pictures, diagrams, and technology to enhance how we see, communicate, and articulate. Find ways to tell stories via pictures instead of words. Images will change how people relate to our art and will change the way stories are told.

Don’t Just Talk; Produce

We won’t always create masterpieces. However, masterpieces will never exist if we don’t create. Creativity takes reps, and lots of them.

We always see the highlight reels of creative teams, but we don’t see the number of attempts, the failed ideas, the edited content, the stuff that never sees the light of day. Great creative elements and ideas are the result of lots of failed, dorky, bad, and poorly executed attempts to create something good.

Create Connections

Some of our most creative ideas come from combining things that don’t naturally live together. Creating connections between opposites is a fantastic exercise for enhancing our creativity. Work to connect unconnected items in an effort to get creatively better.

Change the Lens

Don’t be afraid to tear a problem or situation apart.

Sometimes, deconstructing a situation and rebuilding it can help us identify solutions. Changing perspectives can help us find solutions not always visible at first look. This process takes work and often takes some patience but when done correctly will uncover ideas and results that can make lasting impacts.

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Stephen Brewster is the Creative Arts Pastor at @crosspoint_tv in Nashville, TN.