Start Thinking Creatively (1)
“God created man in his own image.” Ge 1:27 NIV
The Bible calls you a “child of God.” Stop and consider what that means. God’s creativity is already built into your DNA; your job is to recognize it, release it, and put it to work. Advertising executive George Lois said, “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” But for your creativity to be released, you must first identify the barriers and start taking them down. Here’s a common one: “We’ve always done it this way.” People who say that have stopped thinking for themselves. They’re just putting in their time, waiting for a paycheck, and going home at the end of the day without thinking, reflecting, or even considering the possibilities of change. If you’re one of these people, it’s time to wake up and start looking around you. Mind-deadening routine is the cancer of creativity. If you mindlessly go about your business the same way every day, your routine is opening you up to mistakes. Why? Because, chances are, your habits have caused you to lose the ability to think critically and question your methods. Start questioning policies, techniques, forms, rules, paperwork—anything that’s become routine. Ask, “Why do we do that? Is it even necessary? Can we do it better?” On the farm of success there are no sacred cows. If you insist on doing things the way they’ve always been done, you’ll end up being out-thought, out-sold, out-produced, and finally out of business. So start thinking creatively.