Creative thinking is the ability to think of original, diverse and elaborate ideas that solve a problem, create an opportunity, or produce some benefit. It’s also a series of mental action which produces change and development of thought. The aim of creative thinking is to stimulate curiosity and promote divergence.
7 important points to note about creative thinking
- Creative thinking develops your potential beyond the boundaries of intelligence
- Creative thinking helps you discovers new and better ways to solve problems
- Creative thinking builds on the nature of knowledge
- Creative thinking aids rapid growth of competition in business and industry
- Creative thinking is an important aspect of mental health.
- Creative thinking contributes to effective leadership
- Creative thinking builds on all discipline
Negative attitudes that block creativity
- Oh no, a problem! (proverbs 22:13; proverbs 26:13)
The reaction to a problem is often a bigger problem than the problem itself. A problem is an opportunity. The happiest people welcome and even seek out problem, meeting them as challenges and opportunities to improve things
- It can’t be done. (mark 9:23)
This attitude is, in effect, surrendering before the battle. By assuming that something can’t be done or a problem can’t be solved, a person gives the problem a power or strength it didn’t have before. The appropriate attitude is summed up by the statement, “the difficult we do immediately the impossible take a little longer.”
- I can’t do it. Or there’s nothing I can do. (Philippians 4:13)
Some people think, well maybe the problem can only be solved by some expert, but not by me because I’m not smart enough. Yet, if you look at the history of problem solving, you’ll discover that, most results were borne out of a need, or a passion on the part of the inventors.
- But I’m not creative.
Everyone is creative to some extent. Most people are capable of very high levels of creativity; the problem is that this creativity has been suppressed for too long. All you need to do is let it come back to the surface. You will soon discover that you are surprisingly creative.
- What will people think?
There is strong social pressure to conform and to be ordinary and not innovative. You have to break beyond physical and psychological barriers.
- I might fall:
Fear of failure is one of the major obstacles to creativity and problem solving. The go-with- the flow types may never fail, but they may end up not enjoying the feeling of accomplishment that comes after conquering a challenge.
Positive attitudes for creativity
Creative people want to know things and knowledge does not require a reason. Knowledge is enjoyable and often useful in strange and unexpected ways. Ask questions of everyone. Look into areas of knowledge you’ve never before explored. The best ideas flow from a well equipped mind. Nothing can come from nothing.
Curious people like to identify and challenge the assumptions behind ideas, proposals, problems, belief, and statements. Many assumptions, of course, turn out to be quite necessary and solid, but many others have been assumed unnecessarily, and in breaking out of those assumptions often comes new ideas, a new path, a new solution.
- Constructive discontent:
This is the ability to see a need for improvement and to propose a method of making that improvement. Constructive discontent is a positive, enthusiastic discontent, reflecting the thought, “hey, I know a way to make that better.” If you are happy with everything the way it is, you won’t want to change anything. Only when you become discontent with something, when you see a problem, will you want to solve the problem and improve the situation.
- A belief most problem can be solved:
By faith at first and by experience later on, the creative thinker believes that something can always be done to eliminate or help alleviate almost every problem. Problems are solved by a commitment of time and energy, and where this commitment is present, things are possible.
- The ability to suspend judgment and criticism:
Many new ideas, because they are new and unfamiliar, seem strange, odd, or even repulsive. Only later do they become “obviously” great. Thus, the creative thinker should be able to suspend judgment when new ideas are arriving, have an optimistic attitude toward ideas in general, and avoid condemning them.