Recent neurological research has uncovered something fascinating: the brain is incredibly lazy. Given two options, the human brain will always take the easy way out. It’s a combination of many things, and much of it has to do with conservation of energy. In fact, when faced with too much stimulation, the brain will often “fill in” information it’s not getting from the eye, to create a picture based on something similar we’ve seen before. What’s this got to do with creativity?
Simple. The brain wants the easy way out. As a result, our perceptions, our ideas, and our creativity will take the low road, unless we intentionally stimulate it otherwise. Simply put – force your brain to see new things, encounter new experiences, and consider new ideas. Bombard it with new experiences. While some people are “born creative” we can all enhance and elevate our creativity, but we have to be purposeful about it.
Take a trip. Visit a museum. Encounter new people. Consider new ideas. Do something you’ve never done before. Break the routine. Grow.
Creativity doesn’t happen by accident.