I think being creative is doing something in a way nobody else is. That's not to say that it has to be original. It doesn't. It has to offer a layer of value or meaning not seen elsewhere. Let's take Banksy and his work as an example of something creative. The images he uses are often found elsewhere: he doesn't invent them. He uses graffiti as his chosen medium, just like so many teenagers around the world. He comments on the issues of the day, but that is nothing new either.
I'm not talking car manufacturing line with a six sigma level of accuracy. High output in terms of just producing and revelling in that. I've recently toyed with a great book, the Artists Way which has really embedded the concept of morning pages into my life.
The concept is simple. Write three pages, by hand, every morning.
I was sceptical when I started, as what's that going to achieve?
So I think my conclusions are that you've got to practice being creative. You have to have a regular time to be creative, to help get your thinking out of the daily grind and the human doing way of modern life. And the point is? Well, at the very least it releases your inner child, after all, if you give a child a box full of art materials, they may not produce a million dollar painting, but they certainly know how to have fun.