Remember when you were young and unequivocally creative? Dr. Todd challenges you to break out of your efficient routines, tap into that dormant artist, and rediscover the kid inside.
(upbeat music) - Let me ask you have you been feeling creative lately? Well probably not for most of you I mean as adults we've taken on so many responsibilities, everything from kids to mortgages the list is long. Who has time right? I mean you're just happy to survive the day, who needs to worry about creativity anyway? You do! Creativity is the single greatest human trait.
I want you to remember something very important, you were once a creative genius and it was effortless. All children have it, they ask questions, they see possibilities, the imagination never ends, they just naturally ask why and it's easy and effortless. Unfortunately around the third grade, we see a slump, creativity takes a significant hit. The reason is the never ending series of constraints that we place right on children.
When to show up at school, where to sit, all of the standardized tests, constraint after constraint. And it continues into adulthood, we voluntarily take on more and more responsibilities, constraints. We get a job, we have a boss, we have bills to pay, all of these things are kind of natural, but they do cause stress, they will limit cognitive space available for creative thought. Good news, we know a lot about helping you as an adult reclaim some of that inner creative genius that you've almost forgot.
First you've got to make a commitment to reclaim some of what you once were. I mean just admit it, and then laugh about it, start to believe it's possible again. Next, let's mess with your brain just a little bit, we need to start messing with all the routines that give you efficiencies everyday. Think about it, the order of things you do in the morning, the route you drive to work, who you eat with, what you eat, yes the routines give you efficiency, but they also hammer creativity because you're constantly following scripts, doing things everyday the same exact way.
I want you to identify at least one maybe two deeply ingrained routines and choose to shake them up, here's why. Every single time you take one of those routines and you grab it and you shake it up, well it jars the brain, it just comes alive and then and only then the possibility of new connections, new ideas becomes a reality. Listen, adulting doesn't have to hurt so much. Stop being a prisoner of your oh so efficient routines, shake up a few and give your brain a fighting chance to reclaim a little bit of that cool creativity.