Wise-up Wednesday: Barriers to Creativity

Most of us long to be more creative.  And most of us have no idea what is holding us back from being more creative! Today we will address a few common creativity barriers.

Robert Epstein (1996) insists that no idea is new.  Well, even that idea is old since King Solomon said it thousands of years ago [Eccl 1:9]!  Epstein goes on to say all ideas build on previous knowledge.  He believes (as I do) that everyone can be creative and has outlined 4 reasons for most of our blocked creativity:

1)  Lack of method or habit for capturing creative ideas when they occur

2)  Reticence about taking on challenging, creative tasks that seem impossible or overwhelming

3)  Failure to learn any significantly new subject matter

4)  Living and working in environments that do not inspire

If you have been reading these posts for a while you may be making some correlations to ways of overcoming these obstacles.  But no worries if you have not kept up, next Wednesday we’ll take a look at these barriers and some possible solutions to get the creative juices flowing.

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