The Creative process and how to give birth to own ideas

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Creative process is in everything. Things just sometimes transform in routines.
You know when things finally settle down and you can be proud of yourself.
It’s like yes, finally… and things keep going smoothly – and ageing. That’s life and who wants to get in the dying stereotypes…
Than you become glad for every new opportunity that comes your way. Like a spring rain. Just imagine to connect with new ideas anytime you have free hands and you are ready for a new adventure.It wouldn’t be that weekly to do’s leading to never lifted up cycle. It might be your new way of goal-setting mindset.So, how do you come to your awesome ideas? Do you still take them as random sparks of a beautiful mind?
There is so-called Creative Process. Although it might feel like you are not supposed to follow it as a plan to come to ideas. Instead, learn what’s typical for each of its stages. Than try to find similarities in your own way of work or life projects.
Something to be aware of:
Ideas develop even after their final stage where they fulfil their purpose. So processing them needs flexibility.


What does it actually take to repeat the process of giving birth to ideas?

Idea development graph


“The Original” takes time to settle

There is nothing to invent. Every new idea grows from a connection of your experience.
Being original is a luxury state of trust in an own ability to leave your focus on the mind. To process it through knowledge and memory. Than come up with something “new”, usually useful or entertaining in some way.
I liked an episode of TED talk by Adam Grant about being original thinkers.

The Process

You can imagine the process as an accumulated skill sets of your mind that are interacting between each other. And you recognising them exactly when you are about to use them at the right time.
Sounds abstract? Skills are learned, and trained, right? And so the mind can be.
The magic that makes the wow effect of something original lies in the process. The only thing is it is time and focus-consuming to develop a habit to recognise the stages.
Impatience isn’t very needed for someone delivering results through a creative process. On the other side distractions are welcome when you consciously use them.
The simplest form of the creative process has been described already in 1926. It is considered the most straightforward way how to learn about how we process our ideas.
Although those 4 steps are easy in understanding how the whole idea-developing works. It depends on how you visualise the concepts interactions. Because they don´t come one after another just by knowing they should.
It needs lifestyle amendments and realisation of these steps while you live by.
That’s what I find exciting about it!: )

1. Prepare for an idea

Is the absorption of all possible related information. Knowing the context of and the area itself for which you are developing the idea for.
Your up-to-date knowledge and experience mixed with new carefully curated information. Based on task and your inspiration context – the actual living environment and other sources.
Once you have gathered enough you still find some blank spaces. Areas that need more of the “base material”. You will start noticing you are connecting the concepts and getting in the next stage.

2. Incubation – let time make its part

Here you need to trust your mind and have a rest of your constant focus on coming up with any solution.
Give yourself a time or start doing another task to let go of the intensive learning. Calm activities usually work best to give your brain a rest.
For me it is different depending on complexity. I like cooking or instead of driving I walk wherever I can daily. I get in to the rhythm of the steps which can be almost meditative.
Don´t forget to have your phone or something to make note with you
These first two stages are more important than you might think. That’s why it looks so easygoing to some people. It seems like doing nothing but waiting for a spark of amazing stuff that happens by coincidence.
It happens just not by coincidence and the moment of the spark is the third step called illumination.

3. Illumination – capture the spark

This is the tickling-almost-like feeling of realising something. When you go “Ahaa” you need to be fast. Catch the connections writing them down because, believe me, they go away the same fast way as they came.
I started noticing this actually works through preparing more complex tasks. I tend research until late evening and then waking me up at 4 a.m. fresh with ideas that didn’t let me sleep.
But when you need to work during the day you better adjust the routine to stay on your feet and ready elsewhere too.
When you have those ideas it is good to be realistic and check what you have come up with. Here a healthy self-critique helps.
It might be hard and tempting to show your ideas to an uninvolved person. But be aware of what kind of feedback from who you might actually expect. People usually don’t have the right words for you to express what you need to hear.

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4. Verification – be open minded

And finally, at the verification stage, you go back to focus again and test out your idea by implementing it.
Now it is time for the creation you’ve made to shine. You turn your focus again on and test the good and bad about it. Don’t get too frustrated though if you are not 100% amazed by your result. It is only you who knows the hard work behind. There are always many bad ideas on the one really good.
With practice you will slowly recognise the features of a good idea that is about to go through your creative process.


Conclusion


There are predispositions you need to realise about originality.
There is nothing 100% new to invent.
The magic of an idea realisation lies in the habit of a creative process.
It takes only 4 steps that can be learned by incorporating them into your lifestyle to bring more ideas to life.
Your mind is a tool that wants to be used.

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