Being creative is nice, yet is it something that comes naturally, or is it something that can be obtained with practice? Creativity can come naturally and make some people’s jobs easier, as they do not have to use as much active brain power to find an unorthodox solution to a problem. People who are not naturally creative must work on their creativity.
Should you do that? Can creativity help you in problem-solving?
If you are rigid, you will most likely be unable to see any other way other than the one set in your mind. That alone is enough to stop you from moving. If you cannot move, you will never be able to get over an obstacle which is your problem. On the other hand, if you are a creative person, if you are open minded, then the solution can come by itself. You will be ready to accept new things as possibilities and in that acceptance, make the first, hardest step to solving your problem.
If you want to be creative, you should realize that creativity alone, while it might be a talent or something you can inherit, it can also be trained. Listening to more than one type of music can expand your horizons and broaden your improvisation as a solo musician. This is especially true for jazz musicians where improvisation is a central part of the genre.
To be consistent in creativity, you need to practice the foundations behind creativity, which are open-mindedness and research. People mistake creativity for research often. Research is a skill which you can practice, therefore increasing your own ability to be creative. Researching today requires an internet connection and some knowledge about using a search engine.
Open-mindedness can be trained every single day while you are doing anything from walking down a street to talking to your parents.
If you are consistent and methodical, you can find more ways of being creative, thus enhance your problem-solving skills.
If you can identify your problem, you can solve it faster. You should not, however, focus on the problem the most, just like you should not focus on the goal. After identifying a problem, you should move on to find the best ways of solving it. Data gathering is a great part of problem-solving. Creativity can help identify the problem faster, as you will be open to more possibilities, and likewise, creativity can help you find a solution or even multiple possible solutions.
Work on yourself and cherish the realization that you can improve your own creativity by working on your other skills and always keeping an open mind.