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Do you need creativity? How do you upgrade creativity to the level of massive and effortless success? Are you interested in discovering the best creative thinking techniques to help your business thrive?

Have a look at the billionaires who prosper in the times of crisis, using their first impulses to make quick decisions and gain massive profits. It is creativity that drives them. They use their imagination to constantly generate new ideas and solutions. Creativity also refers to your true personality. And personality is what counts in business, arts, science and politics.

Creative Thinking

Creativity is basic to nature, and it is basic to humans.
It is interesting to observe the tremendous creativity of small children – the way they need to be in constant motion nearly all the time, the way they move, twist and bend. They sing to themselves, they draw with colours picked intuitively. And then, influenced by their immediate surrounding, they learn habits that nearly kill their creativity.

Some say, I’m not creative because I was not born with it…
The fact is that we are all born with creativity and it is as natural to us as swimming. We all know how to, from gestation. Even if we somehow forget how to be creative, as a result of strong habitual surroundings or because of a trauma, we can always rediscover it thanks to creative thinking techniques…

Check these 5 best creative thinking techniques to significantly improve your creative thinking skills:

  1. Brainstorming – freely and without judging, exchanging ideas with at least one other person. It is a technique used by Einstein.
  2. Introducing a random element – define a problem, and then take a randomly chosen word from the dictionary and think of an association between the two.
  3. Using reverse brainstorming – change a positive statement into its negative image to say what the problem is not. Here you simply subtract what the problem is not by leaving out what is essential.
  4. Napoleon technique – act as if you were somebody else. You face a problem from somebody else’s perspective, thinking outside the box and envisioning the solution being surrounded by the super characteristics of the hero you choose.
  5. Free writing – for a set period of time, say 20-30 minutes, write down every idea on paper, no matter how crazy and impossible it might seem. Just write freely. It brings tremendous results, which are used vastly in psychology of achievement.

All these methods have one foundation in common: they are essential to strengthen creativity in order to achieve whatever you want!
Have you tried them yet :)

In case you want to expand your imagination and be more creative, there is an excellent book!

Have a look at “Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques” by Michael Michalko.

Thinker Toys

11 comments…

  • Lillea Raychel March 13, 2010, 11:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite topics! I love your 5 suggestions and really want to read Thinker Toys (great title) now.

    It’s so true that creativity – what naturally flows unchecked in children – is often stifled as we get older.

    Using my imagination has helped me during difficult times. Sometimes I do a variation on the technique in #4, imagining that I’m having a conversation with the person who I admire. So, I take on BOTH roles, back and forth, like an actor playing different characters in the same play or film. I often do this out loud, or just in whispers. I’ve read that it isn’t that uncommon for fiction writers to do that kind of thing to understand their characters, and that makes sense, I would do it a lot when I was writing fiction.
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    • Justyna Bizdra March 15, 2010, 10:01 am

      Thank you Lillea for your lovely comment. It is great to know how beneficial it is for you when you use one of the techniques I mentioned! All of them can bring incredible results, I’ve got great experience with brainstorming method.

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  • Keith Davis March 16, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Hi Justyna
    “Napoleon technique – act as if you were somebody else”
    Great idea to get you out of your own way of thinking.

    Next time I’m giving a speech… I’ll imagine that I’m Barack obama.LOL
    Got to be an improvement.
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    • Justyna Bizdra March 22, 2010, 1:53 pm

      Great to hear that this particular technique can be beneficial for you. Learning from the best is something which I also like to do:)

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  • Barb Hartsook March 25, 2010, 4:21 am

    A unique list of five, Justyna. Numbers 1 and 5 are my staples. But I love the idea of exploring what is not important to an idea, and introducing a new element. Have never done either of those.

    Seeing from a different perspective is not new to me, but I’ve not used it this way.

    I will try it right away! Thanks!
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    • Justyna Bizdra March 25, 2010, 11:34 am

      Hi Barb,

      Thanks for your comment and taking inspiration from mentioned techniques. These days I add to them solving logical puzzles, which need creative thinking. Michael Michalko is a real master in introducing them:)

      Reply
  • dean hunt March 25, 2010, 3:31 pm

    My fav topic in the whole wide world… and a good book as well.

    There are some really clever ways to appear like a creative genius, I will be working with James in the near future to share those with you all.

    Speak soon.

    Dean

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    • Justyna Bizdra March 26, 2010, 2:16 pm

      Hi Dean,

      Thanks for stopping by, I’m curious about James Dean IM Fusion;)
      It’s always interesting for me to see creativity in action.

      Reply
  • Amanda Gordon June 20, 2011, 7:38 pm

    I agree that all people are creative … but its just that some people are on the lower side of the spectrum. I am definitely one of them. While I am a bit skeptical if using some techniques can actually improve creativity in the long run, I am more than glad to try out any tip that comes my way.

    Thanks for the list :).

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  • Joseph Benn June 25, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Excellent article on creativity thinking which stresses how vital creativity is to us as human beings.
    I’m not a great lover of brain storming for various reasons but I love the Napoleon technique.
    Another very powerful technique is one I call awkward questions.

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  • Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course Real Estate January 24, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Creativity is something that everyone is born with. It is just that as they grow up the environment around them changes everything and this is where all creativity is lost. Awesome post.

    Reply

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