Most of us don鈥檛 have the聽luxury of spending our days being creative, and even people who do work in a creative field often seek new ways to express themselves. While we鈥檙e champions of the #iamcreative聽movement, many shy away from creativity all together, thinking their brain just doesn鈥檛 work that way. Get ready for everything you thought you knew about creativity to be turned on its head. Filmmaker Barnet Bain鈥檚 new book,聽The Book of Doing and Being($16), will help you聽rediscover your creative side 鈥 or even just find it for the very first time. Intrigued, we chatted with him about tips and tricks for improving our creativity.

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Creativity: Nature Versus Nurture

If聽you鈥檙e envious of friends who can paint or turn flower arranging into a profound art, and are convinced you weren鈥檛 born with any creative abilities,聽Bain has news for you. 鈥淓veryone is born with innate creative abilities,鈥 he tells us. The problem is, people around us as kids or young adults sometimes squash our creative spirits. 鈥淩e-awakening our imaginations is a rebellious act,鈥 Bain聽says. 鈥淔ortunately it鈥檚 in our power.鈥 It鈥檚 never too late to rediscover the creative side of yourself.

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Making Time to Be Creative

But how exactly do you discover your creative side? Luckily, Bain聽says it helps to get in touch with your emotional side. 鈥淓motions are to the creative person what chisels are to sculptors,鈥 he explains. 鈥淟earning to deeply feel emotions creates unfamiliar neural maps that open us to new experience.鈥 Okay, so you carved out time in your schedule to get all emotional and inspired. Now what? 鈥淔irst,聽relax,鈥 Bain聽says. 鈥淭urn your attention away from everything you鈥檝e been thinking about and doing up to this point. Choose something completely arbitrary, plucking something from your immediate surroundings. This is a fun way to get get your juices flowing.聽Go to the eighth word on a random page of a magazine. What do you see? Dumpster? Filibuster? Drainpipe?鈥 Focusing on something seemingly mundane just might make you think of it in an entirely new way.

Or, you can reach for Bain鈥檚 book. He has loads of creative exercises, which represent聽an outpouring of everything he鈥檚 learned about creativity through his 30 years of studying it. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 claim every one of these tools as my own. I鈥檝e learned from many fabulous teachers along the way, and have adapted and discovered a few tricks of my own,鈥 he tells us. 鈥淔unny thing about the creative process: It鈥檚 a relationship. You begin by giving it everything, and before you know it, it is giving back to you too.鈥

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Letting聽Go of Perfectionism

A tip for you Type-A personalities out there: There is no perfection in creativity. Bain聽says you have to let that go, and until you do, it can be a major roadblock. He knows this firsthand, because he鈥檚 dealt with it himself. 鈥淚t鈥檚 something I picked up in childhood, when I longed for outside validation and approval, and learned to compare myself with others,鈥 he says. Another roadblock he鈥檚 faced first-hand: procrastination. 鈥淚鈥檓 an artist of checking email, Facebook, the fridge. The voice of roadblocks can sound like this: I don鈥檛 have what it takes to get this done.聽Or聽Who am I to do this?聽Or聽I don鈥檛 have the right connections.聽Sound familiar? Don鈥檛 let thoughts like that get in your way.

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How Creativity Changes Every Aspect of Your Life

The Book of Doing and Being聽not only shows how maximizing your creativity can transform your work, but also your relationships. Bain聽says the reason for this is because when you exercise being creative, you are actually rewiring your brain鈥檚 neural maps. 鈥淐reativity feeds new energy. We respond to everything with new and greater capacity,鈥 he says. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 good news for life, love, and work.鈥

What are your tips for maximizing your creativity? Share them in the comments.

(Photo via Barnet Bain)