This post is for anyone who has ever felt like they are not creative or that they don’t have the right skills or talent to create something amazing. It is for anyone who has ever felt like their creativity has been stifled by fear. Read this post to unleash your innate creativity and create a life that is true to you.
If you’ve ever had that little voice in your head that tells you you’re not creative, you’re not alone. One of the most outrageous lies that western society has sold us, is that only some people are creative. Often what goes hand in hand with the idea that only some of us are creative, is the notion that creativity is “feminine.” As if it’s a good idea to gender traits and abilities. It’s not. We’re all creative, my friend, whether we realize it or not. Every choice we make is a creative act.
“I’m not creative”
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But I’m not a painter, or a writer, or a musician. I’m just a regular person.” And to that I say: no way, Jose! Creativity isn’t just about making art or playing an instrument. It’s about seeing the world in a new way and making choices that reflect who we truly are.
For example, when you’re trying to decide what to wear in the morning, that’s a creative act. You’re choosing which clothes to put on your body and how to express yourself through your appearance. Or when you’re planning what to make for dinner, that’s a creative act too. You’re taking ingredients and combining them in new ways to create a tasty meal. Or you’re selecting snacks from Trader Joes – choice is creative.
Choice is creative because it involves using our imagination and making decisions based on what we value and desire. Every time we make a choice, we are using our creativity to decide which option is the best fit for us. This can be as simple as choosing what series to binge or as complex as deciding which career path to pursue. In either case, we are using our creativity to explore different possibilities and make decisions that reflect who we are and what we want.
But sometimes, that little voice in our head can be really persistent. It can tell us that we’re not creative enough, or that we don’t have the right skills or talent to create something amazing. It can be like a wet blanket that smothers our creative spark. Fear is the main obstacle to tapping into our creative potential. Read a quick fear removal trick to help over come your own fear here. And the second is most common barrier to recognizing and embracing our creativity is internalized misogyny which affects men, women and non-binary people. Read more on how to let go of that conditioning here.
Light your fire
Now here’s the thing: creativity is like a flame. It can be sparked by a variety of things – a sudden inspiration, a moment of curiosity, or a desire to create something new. And just like a flame, creativity can grow and spread, illuminating, warming the things it touches and drawing people closer. But it can also be easily extinguished if it is not nurtured and tended to. So, just like a flame, creativity needs to be nurtured and tended to in order to grow and flourish.
So how do we do that?
An obvious way is to surround yourself with other creative people. When we’re around others who are passionate about their work and excited about exploring new ideas, it can inspire us to think and act in new ways. But that’s like saying “get better friends” – it’s not a quick fix.
So another way to nurture our creativity is by taking time to focus on our hobbies, pursuing our interests and engaging in activities that we enjoy. When we’re doing something we love, it relaxes us and we soften into our creative side. It’s like going to the spa for our creativity – we’re pampering it and giving it the attention it deserves.
But if you’re stuck in the mindset that you’re not creative, it’s time to bust that myth. You’re creative, like, seriously creative. When you remember that, you can start to get real about your choices. You might even start questioning some of them. It’s like, why are you doing this again? Is this really the best choice for you? By getting conscious about your choices, you can start to create a life that’s true to you. The best way is to ask questions.
By asking ourselves questions, we can start to tap into our inner creativity and create a life that’s vibrant, magical and stimulating. Or at the very least, we can create a life that’s less boring than it was before. Who knows, maybe we’ll even change the trajectory of our lives with our mad creative skills.
You’re a choice-maker
You’re a choice-maker. So let’s get real and start making some creative choices. Here are a few questions to guide you unleashing your creativity.
- Is there a more interesting choice to make?
- How could I be more expressive?
- What would a more creative option be?
- Where did that choice come from?
Well done, you’ve just tapped into your imagination. Because you’re creative. *Drops mic* Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
Creativity is an essential part of who we are and what we do. It is not a personality trait or a talent that only some people possess, but a skill that can be developed and nurtured. By recognizing and overcoming the fear of not being creative, we can tap into our full potential and start to create a life that truly reflects our values and goals. So when we embrace our creativity, challenge our assumptions, and take control of our choices, we get to create things that are beyond our wildest imaginations.
So if you’ve ever had that little voice in your head telling you that you’re not creative, don’t listen to it (or ask it a question – that will give it something to chew on!) We’re all creative, my cuzzie, and you get to turn up the heat any time you like. Burn that fire-light bright baby, burn!
Creativity is a skill that can be developed and improved upon through practice and experimentation
Everything we do and every choice we make is a creative act.
By becoming more conscious of our choices, we can tap into our creativity and overcome fear.
Embracing our creativity and taking control of our choices can help us to create a life that truly reflects our values and goals.
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