Why Creative Thinking Leads to Success

In our knowledge-driven economy, creative thinkers excel. They have more success in work. Why? Because they have learned the art of managing their thought processes in a productive way.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
– Steve Jobs

Creative thinkers are the pioneers and problem solvers in their chosen fields. The truly creative thinkers are constantly expanding their mental horizon, which helps them come up with novel approaches, fresh ideas and new insights. This gives them the power to transform the world around them in creative and imaginative ways.

As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems
— Edward de Bono

When we fall in to a routine, or the boredom of repetitive tasks, creative thinking goes out the window. Are you feeling stuck, or without creative ideas? Are you not having success at work? Creative thinking is not a mere indicator of your intelligence. It also reflects the clarity of your thought processes.

Creativity boosts performance levels at the workplace by providing clarity and fresh ideas. Do you want to be more creative?  Do you want more success in work? Start by reading current thought on creativity and practice applying the principles of creative thinking.

Some of these creative thought processes are a simple as the ‘reverse thinking’ method. For example, the late CEO of General Motors, pioneered installment purchasing when he reversed the assumption that people had to buy a car in full payment before they could drive it.  What assumptions can you reverse?

7 Tips for Unblocking Your Creative Energy

1) Stop thinking: Creativity needs a trouble-free mind. Don’t critically analyze or judge your thoughts, your life, your work, your friends, or your seeming lack of creative thoughts.  Let your mind wander around for a bit and give your body some time to replenish itself to get the creative juices flowing. Continuous thinking is not only futile but it also worsens the situation. Clearing your mind of unnecessary and de-energizing thoughts will help you create a work environment that is highly interactive, rich and brimming with creativity. Allow yourself to daydream. When you daydream, you’re stimulating the right side of your brain, which is in fact a hub of creativity.

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
— Henry David Thoreau

2) Change your pattern of thinking: When entrepreneurs think differently, they create and expand businesses that scale new heights. This is the gateway to new business opportunities. Try breaking your habitual thinking patterns, and practice asking yourself this one simple question “What is the opposite of this thought?” When you think along these lines, you open up a treasure house of new ideas and possibilities.

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
— Albert Einstein

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