Be Fruitful and Multiply: Developing the Daily Habits of Creative People
We have been charged to be fruitful, to multiply and then fill the earth. That statement is an imperative, it’s an order. This is why I say that creativity is the first commandment of God to humanity. It applies to every human, theist or atheist. An order well recorded in Genesis 1:28,: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
This instruction is three-fold. The first is to be fruitful – be creative. The second is to multiply – an act done through creativity, and the third is, be masters of other creatures – an act of stewardship to other creatures. Cutting across these three parts of the statement is the implicit and explicit order of creativity. This order has been given to all, and that implies that we all have the capacity of being creative.
I have heard a lot of people, especially young people telling me that “well, I am not creative”, others will say, “I don’t think I have any talent” and all that. Unfortunate, when they continually say this, it grows into a self-fulling prophecy over them. They end up not using their God-given creativity. From the scriptural passage above, it is clear that everyone is gifted with the ability to be creative.
Our creativity lies in the daily activities we engage which eventually becomes a habit. When someone spends all his day in eating and eating, over time he will derive more creative ways of stuffing himself with food. With the daily sequence of this bad feeding attitude, it becomes a habit for the person. This is an example of negative use of creativity. Imagine if that same person paints artwork every day. I guess that will be a positive use of creative power.
By implication, our daily habits can have an effect on our creativity. We shall consider the daily habits of creative people that anyone can adapt to boast his/her creative ability. Remember, creativity develops with constant practice. It is not a one-day event, it is an aggregate of numerous days of creative works.
Daily Habits of Creative People
Know what motivates you
The first step is to recognize the kind of activities that motivate your creative thinking. Maybe it is watching a motivational video, listening to a seminar, playing a musical instrument, reading personal development articles like you are doing now, taking a walk, painting and drawing, seeing an interesting movie, having a meditation or retreat. There are other activities that can motivate one’s creative ability. Just discover yours and then start giving more attention to what motivates you and allow it to ignite that fire of creativity in you.
Study and Study
Studies have a way of opening your mind and pushing you into experimenting with new ideas. This study can by reading books around creativity and studying lives of highly creative innovators like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Aliko Dangote, Fr. Emmanuel Edeh, CSSp (Owner of the first private University in Nigeria), etc. Understanding how they began from nothing to the height they are now can be a strong source of motivation.
Another way of studying is by going to YouTube and watching motivational videos. One of the most interesting of such is TED Talks shows. There you will find many wonderful talks by world-class experts in various fields. Many of them the presenters talk about creativity and innovation. Use your data subscriptions wisely.
Observe to Innovate
I wrote an article on How to turn your water into wine. It dwelt a lot on your ability to observe and innovate. You have to look at your environment, home, school or work. Do you observe anything? Do you not think that there are things you can do to improve the environment where you belong, or do you just want to be an indifferent participant? That is not what you are called to be.
Putting around you things that motivates you into creativity can be of help in this situation. It might be an artwork, a motivational quote, or an idea you want to develop. Having them around you can give you a clearer observation. Paste them somewhere in your room, your refrigerator door or bathroom.
Iron Sharpens Iron
We all know that saying that tells us that iron sharpens iron. If you are an eagle, you have to stop mingling with fowls. It is not class, it is just who you are. By implication, stay around those who also think in terms of creativity. Go out and seek for such people. Organise a lunch or coffee break with highly creative people and have your creativity level boasted by their discussions. Attend a seminar where highly creative people will come around. Exchange contacts with them and have them as friends. This will sharpen your own level of creativity as well. An eagle soars with other eagles, not fowls. You know read more about in my article on Soar: It’s in you.
Write down your thoughts. That is the only way to catch flying thoughts. Writing down thoughts is a habit of many successful people. The likes of Washington, Karl Rahner, and Cardinal Fulton Sheen kept a daily journal. Benedict XVI, Jack Ma, and many other innovators still keep a daily journal of his thoughts. Writing down your thoughts help you clarify them. It gives you the opportunity of coming back to them and perfecting the ideas. Your mistakes are carefully recorded as well so that you do not repeat them. Journal such as this can even be of help to the world when you are gone. Keep daily journals.
At the heart of these daily habits is discipline. You can get all the motivations in this world, you can meet with motivation experts and all that. But if you do not discipline yourself to put into practice all the motivations you have gathered, then you have wasted your time. Creativity is a habit which is formed through daily engagement with such a habit. Take on these daily habits of creativity and see how well you are obeying the first divine order given to humans – be fruitful and multiply.