Every single person on this earth has a skill that makes them creative. I am not just saying this so you will feel good, I think it is the truth and I often say it to others.
Look around you everything you see was created by someone – if a person can do it so can you. Creativity is for everyone. It is found in everything that we do. You might not even realise it but you are creative every day.
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no-one else has thought” – Albert Einstein
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Creativity is a way to share your soul with the world.
Steve Jobs: Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, influence it, you can build your own thing that other people use. Once you understand this you will never be the same.
Creativity is often called a natural gift. Talent has nothing to do with it. It is a skill that can be learned and developed. Forty-five minutes of creative activity lessen stress in the body regardless of experience or talent.
Art is the work of a person seeking to make a statement to invent something, to cause a reaction, to connect with others, to change a perspective. Art is not just a canvas it is everywhere. It is what we are doing when we create
Without being creative we are not human. Using our imagination is what makes us distinctive. We all have the ability to take nothing and turn it into something. Something that adds to your life and/or another person’s life.
Nobody achieves perfection. Mozart was amazing, but not perfect. Picasso was awesome, but not perfect. They still kept creating and shared their works with us.
The first step is to take one-dive into your potential. Check out my post <just start>. Self-expression fulfills, if not now, then when?
Lose yourself to find yourself – create like a child. Children are often more creative because they have not learned to fear criticism of their creativity. Enjoy being in the moment. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, because everything is unknown. Keep doing what you love. Even when no-one else loves it, buys it or shares it.
How can we work to improve our creative skills?
Allocate time daily – if we allocate time for something every day it goes from being something on our to do list to being a habit
Take breaks and work in blocks – work in 45-90 minute blocks and take breaks so you don’t get tired and your attention span wanders. The only way to try the idea out is to actually do it. Don’t hurry through it just let it happen, don’t be impatient.
Spend time doing nothing – by resting your brain by doing nothing you create space within yourself to allow new ideas to be created
Doodling – it helps you to stay present and engaged during an activity in which you find your mind wandering. Doodling can enhance recall, create new neurological pathways and create breakthroughs
Sign up for something new – when you push yourself outside your comfort zone creativity often flourishes
Go for a walk, move your body
Choose to be a creator and you will get better at it. As you do – pass that feeling on to others – children, friends, and colleagues. Celebrate your creativity even when you struggle. “In actions breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get buy” – Dale Carnegie
The human mind is naturally creative, constantly looking to make associations and connections between things and ideas. It wants to explore, to discover new aspects of the world, and to invent. Don’t stand in the way of your creativity. Most people view creativity as a talent. That spark can be nurtured and triggered using a variety of techniques.
Practice is the way to achieve true mastery. Instead of needing to be exceptional right away when you lose yourself in your work, arm yourself with the knowledge that you can always develop in an area.
Perfection is your enemy. Check out my post on <letting go> You may not act because you are afraid of too many things that could go wrong. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, because everything is the unknown.
You will suck at most things in the beginning – it takes time, persistence and patience to create your best work.
Just start. Do. Move. Make. Create.