What is this natural highly sensitive person/introvert resource? It’s keen observation skills! Being the highly sensitive person/introvert that I am, I can attest that this can come very easy to us with a little practice. We take in everything around us, and being observant is the key to creativity.
Creativity is all around us, and each of us has the ability to be creative. This is a part of who we are, and it’s only a matter of tapping into it. Sometimes it comes easy and sometimes it doesn’t. If the latter is the case for you, it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is train yourself to be creative. You’d be surprised that it can be as simple as practicing your powers of observation and becoming better aware of your surroundings.
Below are some tips that you can try to improve your observation skills, which will then enhance your creative skills.
- Be mindful. This requires you to slow down and pay attention to details. You will notice what you’re doing and where you are. For example, when you get dressed, pay attention to what you do first, second and so on. When you leave your house, look at and notice the color of the door. Little things like this will help you learn to be present in the moment, no matter what you’re doing. When you’re mindful, you see things in a different light, and your creativity begins to come alive. You never know what will trigger your next big inspiration!
- Do something different. Sometimes all it takes to hone your observation skills and get the creative juices flowing is to simply do something different. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, like taking an exotic vacation. It can be something as simple as visiting a new place locally. When you do something new, you’re more aware of what’s around you. Novelty is exciting, and you pay closer attention to what your senses pick up.
- Go to a park, coffee shop, or some other public place with a pen and notepad (or laptop) Make it a point to observe those around you. Pay attention to how they walk, what they’re wearing, and how they interact with others. As you observe, begin to write down different details. Focus on your senses, and write about the things you see, hear or smell. Don’t spend too much time thinking, just write whatever pops into your head. Again, not only does this help you improve your observation skills, it helps you be more mindful of what’s going on around you. As you do this exercise, write down your impressions and any ideas you have. This is way to get you to start using those creative thinking brain muscles that we don’t always use.
Being mindful and observant are skills we can all improve upon. Too often we go through life missing many of the details, but if you make it a point to notice what’s happening around you, you’ll find many creative ways to use what you learn in your writing, artwork, or other creative endeavors.
Do you utilize your extraordinary HSP observational skills? If not, why not? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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