The lie people tell themselves about creativity is that they aren’t creative because “they could never think of all those ideas.” It takes the pressure off because they’ve bought into the excuse most people use (and believe).
The reality is that NO ONE thinks of those ideas.
At least not all at once.
And sometimes (most times) not even all by themselves.
Ideas rarely (if ever) spring forth fully formed, like some offspring of Zeus, from the mind of the creative person who gets the credit for the concept. Ideas are built a piece at a time, like bricks in a wall.
Inspiration comes in glimpses and glances
You get a quick peek of something brilliant brewing.
The shadow of a suggestion.
Over time you get more bits and pieces, sometimes in quick succession, other times over the course of a lifetime. The hard work comes from assembling these notions into a cohesive concept. It’s a jig-saw puzzle of possibilities.
What’s even more frustrating (and even more exciting) is that no two people will create the same picture — even if they are given all the same pieces. This is where your personal creativity comes into play. The more you practice being creative, the more you will increase your talent for seeing multiple possibilities (multile pictures) that can be assembled from the puzzle pieces in your possession.
You are given bricks of brilliance from which to construct great ideas.
The building blocks are held together with mortar mixed from your enthusiasm and excitement. The structure itself is built from a blueprint unique to your personal imagination.
Build innovative palaces and cathedrals — don’t just collect an unused pile of bricks.