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How to Think Like a Child to Achieve Creative Success

Author: Mary Shannon

Creativity is a characteristic that resides in everyone be they young, old, big or small. When we are young, it seems as though creativity runs rampant without much effort or force behind it. Children are able to relish in their creativity through the excessive use of their imagination and their untarnished ability to flourish in the present moment. When we get older, that once innocent present moment becomes riddled with deadlines, reports, and the daily juggle between home and career. In the midst of this chaos, it may seem difficult to tap into your natural state of creativity. Gaudy Language shares a few ways to bring that childlike creativity back into your everyday life:

Play a game

That’s right! Nothing brings on the nostalgia of childhood like a round of games. Pre-adolescent favorites such as puzzles and word games work exceptionally well as vehicles to help boost your creativity. Puzzles boast the benefit of heightening your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Often when facing a creative drought, a mental distraction is all you need to get back on track. Engaging in a game allows your mind to wander from stress and presents you the opportunity to subconsciously thrive in the creative process.

If you fancy, you can play games in solitude or you can play with a partner or a co-worker. Computer games such as Freecell or Solitaire are great to play alone, while games such as checkers or Connect Four are fun, competitive activities.

Enhancing your creativity through a competitive game is a very effective tool. When in competition mode, you will display ways of thinking outside of the box. In doing so, you will allow space for creativity to seep into your mind in ways that otherwise may have been oblivious. The next time you feel yourself headed into a creative rut, indulge in a game or two to help reignite the flame!

Reach for a coloring book

Coloring is another childhood fave that will help your creativity soar. The recent surge in adult coloring books proves that coloring indeed relieves stress and gives your mind space to roam freely with little effort. Coloring provides the opportunity for you to zone out while allowing your markers to flow seamlessly. It is said that coloring will allow you