“God does not begin by asking our ability, but more of our availability. When we prove our dependability, He will increase our capability.” ― Neal A. Maxwell

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Talent is natural, but a skill is developed and requires work over and over again. If that skill is a necessity keep believing that it can be mastered such that it appears to be a talent. The ability that comes from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well is something people learn and master as long the learning is realistic.

A skill, whether general or specific, carry out a task with determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. Skills vary and many of them fit in the likes of cognitive skills, interpersonal skills or technical skills. Real life skills involve ideas (cognitive skills), social (interpersonal skills) or practical things (technical). Thus, ability to face the situation and deal with the demands and challenges of life differs greatly depending on cognitive, technical and social norms. But skills that take to personal development functions for the well-being – for active and productive and aid individuals into maturity and self-reliant. Cognitive skills tend to be the most interesting and motivating area, maybe because these are first skills to be developed from birth. When the child starts developmental milestone from birth. As they develop skills; new ways to think, communicate and to the point of gradually solving problems.

However, skills are not self-reliant. Skills are dependent on and requires certain environmental stimuli for a certain level of skill to be exposed or used. And the meaning changes from opinion to opinion and life positions. These life skills are better put as a development of synthesis. As they are developed concurrently by and in practice, similarly to humour. Humour makes a person to feel in control of a situation and makes it more manageable in perspective. In the process it allows the person to release fear or stress.

Sometimes the interplay between skills can produce powerful behavioural outcomes especially when the approach involves strategies. For example, decision making involves critical thinking, feelings and clarification. Critical thinking (what are the CHOICES?), feelings (How do I FEEL about this?”) and values clarification (“what is IMPORTANT to me?”). That’s how cognitive skills are very close and the core to development. Somehow, putting all cognitive skills together, such as
• Communication
• Logical Thinking
• Decision Making
• Critical Thinking
• (and many more)
• Creative Thinking (is less prioritised)

The general or obvious ones are used more often to serve a whole lot of coverage from leadership, time-management, self-motivation and others. Whereas specific skills are quite narrow and useful for a certain discipline. Maybe that’s why creative thinking, certainly one of specific skills, seems to be limited.

Creative thinking is a way of looking at situations from a fresh perspective that suggests solutions which are more like to be untraditional (which may look unsettling at first). Creative thinking can be stimulated both by an unstructured process such as brainstorming, and by a structured process such as lateral thinking.

With lateral thinking new concepts are created by looking at things in novel ways. Whereas the logical (also vertical) thinking carries the idea forward, the lateral (also sideways) thinking provokes fresh ideas or deviates the frame of reference. While logical thinking tries to overcome problems by meeting them head on, lateral thinking tries to bypass them through a more radically different approach.

There was a time when the concept of creativity was only associated with writers, painters, musicians and similar people in artistic professions. But with the ever-increasing necessity of cultivating a unique brand personality, the need for creative thinking has transitioned from the arts into everyday profession. In addition, the act of producing a service / product that distinguishes itself from competitors in a marketplace where differences are often hard to come by demands a high degree of creativity, especially in innovation.

As a result, it’s now becoming a commonplace for establishments – both large and small – to adopt policies that foster creativity and thereby promote innovation.

But how can it be harnessed effectively?
This exploitation of new ideas through generating ideas, concepts, or to put it simply: innovation is a holistic process. As already mentioned that skills are simultaneously within reach. A creative insight is the direct result of the diversity of the team – specifically, individuals who possess different attributes and perspectives.

Innovation is usually not a naturally-occurring phenomenon. Like a plant, it requires or responds to different nutrients before it starts thinking or reach a stage of flourishing. Respectively these are strategies and frameworks that represent and promote divergent levels of thinking. For example, by supporting an open exchange of ideas among groups or assemblies at all levels, establishments are able to inspire people and maintain innovative community.

When society doesn’t approve of creativity, nor does ever encourage it. Why? Several reasons, sometimes it never wants people to think for themselves or create their own paths in life. Think back from the point you were a child to the point you are an adult- you are always told what to do by society and that you have to do it. Because creativity is stripped by the time people are ready to enter into the real world, many decide to take that obvious path, forever living life the way society wants us to rather than the way we ourselves want to.

Creativity improves the process of solving problems. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about developing a new strategy or an innovative way to stay on the edge.

‘’So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.’’ – Psalm 78:72.