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"I am creative, conceptualizing something useful, coming up with ideas that result in something worthwhile."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Creativity?
Creativity is thinking of new ways to do things. It involves producing ideas or behaviors that are original. However, originality is not enough: whatever is created, whether an idea or a product, must also be useful or adaptable. For example, you might write a blog post that is unique because it is entirely gibberish. That’s not going to be useful, so it would not be considered creative.
There are two essential components to Creativity- originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generates ideas or behaviors that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individual's life or the lives of others group).
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used creativity in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of creativity in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- When facing a problem, define the issue clearly and then practice divergent thinking (ex: developing multiple solutions/outcomes rather than just one solution).
- Set time aside each day for creative thinking or creative activities (such as: writing poems or using an everyday household object in a new way).
- With one of your typical work tasks, think of a new and unique way to complete it. Do it at least two times this week in that new way.