The reason is simple: we find comfort in routine. However, that same comfort is the enemy of imagination. We crave that contented feeling that familiarity brings, even though we know it slowly robs us of creativity.
Ask yourself this question: When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Think about that for a moment. How long has it been - a week, a month, a year, or longer?
New experiences are vital to keeping the mind active, inventive, creative, and productive. When you engage your senses in new ways, it changes your perspective. If you’ve lived in the Midwest your entire life, you will likely never forget the first time you went to New York City: the size of the buildings, the massive crowds, and the organized chaos of the Manhattan grid. These experiences change you, however subtly, and allow you to think differently about things.
If it’s been over a month since you’ve done something for the first time, challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before in the next 10 days. It could be growing a beard or finally spending time at the food pantry packing groceries for people in need. Maybe it’s hand writing a love letter to your spouse or making in-person cold calls to bolster your business.
Break free of the routine. Make bold choices that are out of your norm. Embrace new experiences. You’ll be surprised how trying something new can refresh your perspective and allow your creativity to flow.