Prepare for some discipline

When we are faced with a problem or want to improve something we normally choose between two paths:

Either we learn how to solve the problem, if it has a solution already discovered by someone, or we find in us the creativity and solve the problem ourselves. This can happen by a stroke of luck, but it can also happen on a regular basis.

So, what can we do to ensure that creativity arises more frequently?

Any of these options may be rooted in our daily habits, i.e. our behavior tends to follow them. For example, if we are accustomed, whenever we have to choose between two options, to create an alternative hypothesis instead of choosing one of them, we tend to be more creative in a manner that is consistent and regular.

A habit is something that we do endlessly and without thinking. Imagine if all of us had to think consciously to orient our intentions when we do something in our day to day.

Your habits are incredibly powerful.”  When you are in an environment that supports a habit, you end up carrying out that habit without thinking.  If you are interested in habit change, then, you need to become aware of your environment to help stop yourself from behaving mindlessly.”

But, are the creative acts born or are they the result of hard work?

I consider the creative habit as being a state of mind that is constructed to give a response to the need for resolution of problems in our daily lives at home, at work and in society or an activity that translates into creating something new (a product, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.).

A creative habit is not a routine (bad habit) or a monotonous repetition of the same things without interest in the progress. For example, getting up early, scoring objectives or being disciplined helps to create a creative habit and develops interest in good results.

Creativity is the result of the habit of acting, thinking, questioning and being curious, but above all is the result of being persistent in seeking a dream.

These are habits that require preparation and that often result from the abolition or amendment of some of our routines, i.e. replacing the routines by grooves of creativity. For example, drinking coffee only after you have done something creative or read the newspaper after writing something.

Are routines a problem? Where is the solution?

When we calmly run our routines we feel comfortable and safe, but not always do these routines mean good habits. Often, they represent just a false security because we create the feeling that we are in an area that we have mastered. However, faced with a break or an unforeseen event, we are faced with adversity and chaos may arise.

Deal with your fears and create good habits to develop creativity. For example:

-Create the habit of removing things that distract us when we are immersed in a creative act.

-Build a bridge to the next day. Take notes.

-Imagine, at a certain time of the day, how would it be like if we had other skills.

-Train the ability to find patterns and play with analogies.

-Give ourselves small challenges.

-Observe only as a spectator.

-Use paradoxes to launch new mind pathways.

Chaos is everywhere! What is the meaning of discipline in creativity?

For many of us, mornings–especially Monday mornings, mean chaos. The flow of information raises and increases the desire for a few moments of solitude. At these times we must try to be creative in anything before facing the world, before being automatically absorbed by the outside world.

In the morning, doing nothing or finding silence, running or listening to music, can be a ritual to instill some discipline in our life.

Many people fear loneliness, others only survive dipped into chaos and noise, but this only happens until the moment they are able to build tolerance for solitude and begin to use loneliness for self-knowledge, to review memories and organize materials.

Observe at what time of day you are more alert and creative and spend that time for creative and focused work. Use the same tools, in the same environment or listen to the same background music so that they become triggers for their creative activity.

The moment I know where I am going, creativity reaches the apogee!

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3 Responses to The good habit of being creative

  1. Natalie says:

    This article is somewhat accurate, although I disagree with the fact that you think being creative can be chaotic. I think creativity is a very special gifts. Being a song writer and somewhat of an artist, I think part of creativity is to show freedom, it’s the freedom of expressing ourselves as individuals. Creativity can teach discipline in a way, when you have are writing a song, you can learn from songwriting itself that what you say can be a consequence and a blessing depending what you say, and that right there is discipline.

    • Jose Baldaia says:

      Hi Natalie!
      Excuse my late reply but I made some mistake and just now saw your comment.
      I think that under certain circumstances (repair errors in software e.g.) being creative can be chaotic but that doesn’t mean it’s always like that.
      I agree with you that creativity teach discipline and I believe that discipline helps us to be creative.
      Thanks for your comment

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