What Is Unconventional and Creative Thinking?
Creativity is not new, but it is still a thing of mystery for millions. Creative people have been called everything from whack-cases to avantgarde geniuses.
When you think of creative and unconventional thinking, you probably begin to focus on art or sculpture or gardening or decorating. This is only a small part of creative thinking. Creative thinking can be used to solve problems, do strategic planning, make exceptional decisions, and evaluate projects from new points of view, and it can assist you in working with an open mind. Creativity can also assist you in thinking of new solutions to old problems. It can help you brainstorm your way through tough issues that have plagued a company, school, organization, or situation for years.
Creativity and self-esteem are great companions. Think of the times that you have tried something completely new and it worked. Think of the times that you painted a room or made a pair of pants or built a bookcase or landscaped the yard and things worked out beautifully.
Remember how that made you feel. You felt like you were winning. You felt as if you had created something new, and your self-esteem soared because of it. Creative thinking and unconventional thinking can help you greatly, especially if you have the courage to put your new ideas into action.
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
— William James
Creative thinking requires that you let go of conventional wisdom and saying things like, “We've always done it that way.” That theory is out the window. “We've never done it that way before so we can't do it now” has no place in creative and unconventional thinking.
Many people think that creativity must be innate. However, creativity can be learned and polished. Sure, there will always be people who are on the cusp of genius with their creative efforts, but everyone has the propensity for some creativity.