Does that make me out of luck?
I am no artist, you say.
We often get trained during our school years to be really good at the 3 R's. Those help a lot in our lives, yes?
We take tests well. We know how to use our computers and do spreadsheets….We are pretty able. But creative? Well that got shut down for many of us years and years ago.
We stopped writing stories when we were 8. Our teachers got us to write more and more about what we were reading and learning than about what we were experiencing or imagining once we reached 3rd or 4th grade. After all, there were things we needed to learn and use. And creativity dropped by the wayside.
We stopped drawing pictures in Junior High when our friends told us what complete amateurs we were. Only the best of the best kept on with art. And now they are starving artists, so pay back time! Laugh at me, will you?
Now, since the early part of this 21st century, art has been re-recognized as a part of learning It is a recognized part of academia. I think that is a good thing.
But what about those of us who were raised and ‘educated' prior to this century? SO many of us, left out of developing our creative innate ablities? What do we do? Can we become Design Thinkers, or have we just lost out?
If they are looking for this in companies, it is going to benefit you when you have your own home business, too.
Getting The Right Brain to Work Too
OK, there's a lot of controversy about right brain/left brain theory. It was thought that when we developed one side, it took away from the other. Now there is more thought that all of the brain kind of cooperates and is not divitded into cognitive versis creative thinking.
To me, that knowledge makes it even more important to develop the creative thinking aspect.
That was an area largely neglected for many years for me.
I provided solutions.
I counseled people with their questions, problems and challenges.
I was in a job.
It paid my bills. I had good relations with my customers. I got paid. Oh, I said that.
I was not getting satisfaction!
I needed more.
So I went into my own business. I bought houses in foreclosure and redeveloopd them and sold them to new buyers, all fixed up. no problems, beautiful instead of ugly and neglected. There was a satisfaction – and profit – in that.
What I realized was that I loved the creativity of taking a house with problems, solving them, making it into something special, and then sitting at the closing table with a buyer who loved their new home.
I got what creativity did for me.
I have grandchildren. Yes, I have children, too. But my grands are developing. A couple of them really relate to my creative side. I have started exploring painting and creating art.
One of my grands has told his teacher he wants to be an artist just like his Grannie. He gets the joy. Perhaps not the impracticality, but the joy!
What I have come to discover is that it is not the artwork. It is not the medium. I recommend pursuing the art and the mediums…they are satisfying and mindful. I highly recommend doing some creative art…I have a whole lot of information to help you get going. Pastel and acrylic painting are easy to start, and build creative thinking acumen.
All that stuff we learned in school is congruent thinking. Often linear. Ir can limit us in our life and in our career design. It's a part of what you need, but limiting when it is the only way you learn to think.
Two Ways To Look At Brain Activity
Divergent thinking is what companies are looking for more and more now. Divergent thinking was a term coined in 1956. It is like brainstorming or thinking outside the box. It is a talent companies are looking for.
The opposite is convergent thinking, which is more linear. Often Divergent thinking is the beginning of a process to find a new solution. Ideas are developed, and sometimes links between new ideas are found. You can read more about this way of thinking in our Free Ebook Designing Your Life – get it on the upper right of this page.
Then convergent thinking takes over, as ideas are explored and tested.
We were trained a lot in convergent thinking in our schools. Today more and more of education is geared toward also helping to develop divergent thinking too. Ideally, they work together for the best possible outcomes in business, and in life.
How do you learn to think divergently? I can tell you it is not a matter of IQ. A few characteristics of divergent thinking are a willingness to fail, curiosity, and stick-to-it-iveness.
These characteristics can be developed by pursuing creative art and writing. Bubble maps and keeping a journal can help.
Divergent Thinking, Meditation and Results
Meditation has been shown to open up the mind for improved divergent thinking results. There have been tests done, as cited in the Harvard Business Review of August 2017, where it is clear that more and more varied results come as a direct result of practicing meditation.
The benefits of daily meditation on Design Thinking are so clear, that Goldman Sachs employees practice daily meditation pursuing creative thinking to enhance their work performance. Many other companies are following suit.
This is a practice begun in the 70's but it did not take off in the US. Instead, it moved to Japan and helped spur some of the product and economic boom that took place there at that time.
How To Build Creative Mindfulnesss
So adults today did not get some of the creative mindfulness training kids in some schools are getting today. But we can bring it into our lives. Practicing meditation is one way. Another is to pursue your artistic development. Journal.
Just become more mindful and aware in the little everyday things. Take an example of doing your laundry You can think about where the water came from, about the manufacture of soap, of how your muscles work as you move.
Use creativity and mindfulness in Planning a meal.
Be more aware of your body, seeking physical health and wellness by exploring new foods, by making sure you eat what your body needs, and by avoiding fast food, even “healthy” fast food like smoothies. Make your own instead.
Practice Design Thinking in Your Life
The reason companies are seeking this design thinking ability is that it gets results. You can get results in your life with Design Thinking. Results in your relationships. Results in your Family. Results in the work you do.
What are you going to do today to practice Creative Design Thinking?