We all know the feeling. You’re staring at the Geocaching map, viewing the perfect spot to place a geocache, and waiting for that light bulb moment of cache creativity…but it just doesn’t seem to come. You’ve hit a creative block.
It’s a common scenario, and not exclusive to the geocaching world—but you don’t need to be defeated by it. In fact, you can use these barriers to inspiration as a tool to think outside the box (ammo can?) and create something new! Here are three common causes of creative blocks and how to overcome them.
1. Routine on repeat
Doing the same things day in, day out often means you end up thinking the same thoughts. So mix things up! Try finding cache types you don’t normally gravitate towards, try caching in a new area, or attend an Event to meet other geocache hiders and finders. You might just find inspiration for your geocache around the next smiley!
2. Doubting yourself
The best way to silence self-doubt is to overcome it with action. Go ahead and try your ideas out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your geocache is weather-proof and working properly and there’s no better way to find out how it performs than building it and testing it out. The more challenges you face, the more you’ll have to employ creative thinking to work your way around them, and the more creative you’ll be!
3. Fear of failure
Try anyway because nothing is a failure if you’ve learned from it. To not ever try means never learning or improving, which can end up damaging your creative juices. Even if your first idea (or tenth) doesn’t work, you’ll know more than you did when you started and you can create something new (and even better) with that gained knowledge. In the end, these lessons will only make your geocache hide better, stronger, and ready for those Favorite points!
Have you experienced a creative block when trying to think of a new hide? Share how you overcame this barrier to create an awesome cache!