Wednesday, May 07, 2008

the more new things we try... the more inherently creative we become

HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd,” William Wordsworth said in the 19th century. In the ever-changing 21st century, even the word “habit” carries a negative connotation.

So it seems antithetical to talk about habits in the same context as creativity and innovation. But brain researchers have discovered that when we consciously develop new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, and even entirely new brain cells, that can jump our trains of thought onto new, innovative tracks.

Rather than dismissing ourselves as unchangeable creatures of habit, we can instead direct our own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things we try — the more we step outside our comfort zone — the more inherently creative we become, both in the workplace and in our personal lives.
Janet Rae-Dupree :: NYTimes

Interesting reading. Check it out... and feel free to discuss in the comments section. What do you think... can new habits make you more creative?

For me? Well... I believe my habit/obsession with blogging has made me more creative. I look at the details more... see things other people might miss... and have enjoyed taking photos along this journey. I learn new tools... and talk about them.

Consuming... producing... sharing... as Shirky says... using my cognitive surplus.

So yes... for me... new habits make for increased creativity.
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