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7 Roadblocks to Creativity

As human beings, the power to be creative is part of our natural make-up. The problem is, too many times, we block our natural creative ability and make mistakes in our thinking and create more problems than we should. In this article, we’ll go over 7 roadblocks to creativity and how to handle them.

Roadblock #1: Making Assumptions

An assumption is the result of lazy thinking and often means you end up making an “ass” out of “u” and “me”. We don’t take the time to get all of the information so that we can come to the right conclusions.

If you find yourself drawing conclusions about a situation, give it time and make sure you have all of the pertinent information. Then, you may draw your conclusion.

Roadblock #2: Not Being Open-Minded

An open mind is willing to accept that other people have valid points of view and in some cases, those views may be more valid.

If you find yourself stuck in your beliefs and opinions, keep in mind that things may not be what they seem. Consider accepting other points of view.

Roadblock #3: Yo-Yo Thinking

Some people bounce back and forth from extremely positive to extremely negative because of what they observe. It’s better to stay neutral instead of letting emotions get the best of you.

Keep in mind that things are typically not as good or bad as you might think.

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Roadblock #4: Lazy Thinking Habits

Habits can keep you from thinking clearly and are an example of laziness. Try writing down these four words: MacDonald, MacPherson, MacDougall, and Machinery, and ask someone to pronounce them. Many times, they mispronounce “machinery” because they get into the habit of the other pronunciations.

Stop assuming that just because something happened a certain way in the past that it will continue to happen the same way.

Roadblock #5: Thinking Like an Old Person

According to research, there are more synapses/connections in the brain of a 2-year-old child than the average adult. This is because children have no limits to their world view, while most adults do. If you think like a child, you can stop and even reverse the aging process of your brain.

Just because you get older doesn’t mean your brain has to. With the right passion and stimulation, you can improve your brain.

Roadblock #6: Not Seeing Both the Details and the Big Picture

John Godfrey Saxe wrote a poem called “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, which tells the story of 6 blind men who go to see an elephant and try to determine what it is by touching it. One man touches the trunk, another the tail, another the tusk, and so on. Since they are not able to see and are only touching a part of the animal, they all come to different conclusions.

Try to look at the big picture while also examining the details. This will help you put everything into context.

Roadblock #7: Not Thinking for Yourself

Many companies focus more on activity than creativity and thinking for yourself is discouraged. People who work in these environments are likely to think as they’ve been trained to or follow the thinking of others.

Stop allowing others to tell you what you should think. If you are asked for your opinion, give it to them- even if it differs from theirs.


Once you learn to identify these roadblocks to creativity, you can begin to change your habits. This will unlock your creativity and you’ll be amazed at how easily you can come up with fresh, innovative ideas.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Krista Mounsey

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