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The Power of Creativity!

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
Creativity is going beyond traditional ideas, rules, patterns and relationships to create new ideas. So, creativity is not something that can be used up, instead, the more you use it the more you have it. There is no institution that teaches creativity except the school of hard knocks. Creativity is about losing fear of being wrong, I am saying this because being ‘wrong’ is part of the existing tradition. It is this tradition that holds us back and make us operate like robots or puppets.
Creativity comes from a mental muscle that we are all born with and needs to be developed like all other muscles. I personally ask myself two questions daily to exercise my muscle and have seen it grow in an unbelievable way. The two questions are: How Else? And What Else?
Think of a person who is selling bananas at a street corner and is making one hundred rand a day. The question is HOW else can they continue to sell bananas but make double the amount? This question challenges the current thinking, write down all the possible answers. The second question ‘What Else’ comes when you have exhausted ‘How Else’. What Else can I do to generate double the amount? Add a line of apples, for an example. These questions must be asked continuously like How Else? And then How Else? And then How Else…  This must also be the same with What Else? And then What Else? and then What Else…This will without a doubt generate more possible solutions and stretch your mind every day and eventually become the way of thinking for you. These questions work the same way for every current situation you are in including your career or job. Don’t get stuck in other people’s limited thoughts, you have the mind of your own, use it and be free. The reason we are mostly stuck is because we have given our powers to others to think for us.  Creativity is for free and available for all of us. How Else and What Else will keep your creativity muscle growing and open you up to life’s possibilities.
You were created by the Mighty Creator to create your own life, don’t expect others to create it for you, they don’t know what your heart wants. You are the master of your own destiny and it’s only your creativity that will get you there. Creativity is all about inventing, experimenting, taking risks, growing, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
 
Veli Ndaba is a professional and motivational speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of two books – You Are Born to Win and Your Dream is Calling You, Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team to unleash your greatness, contact him on veli@velindaba.co.za , www.velindaba.co.za and 083 304 9773
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