Creative thinkers do not merely ask great questions or answer them. They question the answers too!
This is not a play on words. Here’s an example of what I mean:
I want you to imagine you are on a leisurely afternoon walk, in a peaceful, safe spot in the countryside. The weather is great and as you look ahead, you see 3 possible paths to choose from.
- One path is clearly very well used and has no grass growing on it.
- The next path is quite well used, but you can see a little grass growing on it.
- The third path is seldom used. The grass is barely laying down but you can tell that it gets some use.
The question is: Which path do you choose, for the rest of your afternoon walk, and why?
Question the answer
There is no right or wrong answer. The value of asking yourself this question, is that it causes you to think about why you pick a particular path over the other paths.
For example, if you choose the first path, it could be because you think it leads to something interesting, as it seems a lot of people use it. Equally, you may choose that path because it seems safer or less risky. You may choose the third path because it represents danger or excitement and you may avoid the third path for the exact same reasons. You may pick the second path, because it’s somewhere between the other two. There’s no correct answer, just an opportunity to question the answer and learn about how you evaluated the options.
Creative Thinking and choices
Creative Thinking requires us to make choices. It helps massively, to look inside ourselves during the creative process and deliberately evaluate why we are choosing one thing or discarding another.