If you didn’t have SO many different things restricting you, then yes of COURSE you’d be more creative, I know.
But because you feel so limited with time, energy, ideas, and a dozen other factors, you don’t create at anywhere near your full potential, in terms of quality or volume. Am I right?
What if you could create more freely?
It’s summer here at the moment, and I’ve been getting into going around barefoot far more lately, and wearing flip flops rather than my usual trainers. (Translation for US readers – thongs, rather than sneakers!)
Also I’ve recently bought a pair of jeans that fit really well. I sometimes have trouble getting jeans with a small enough waist, but these fit just right and mean I can go belt-less without the fear of them suddenly ending up around my ankles. Which isn’t either a) a good look or b) very safe, especially when one is dancing salsa.
Anyway, the point is, when I’m barefoot and belt-less, I feel SO much more free and relaxed.
It’s a very simple change that results in a quite profoundly different outlook on the world, and how I feel going about my day to day business.
Would I go so far to say that being barefoot and belt-less makes me more creative? Maybe, but not necessarily. It just makes me feel more relaxed, more content, having a couple fewer pressures in my life.
How does this relate to you creativity, and how restricted YOU feel?
For me, the rather trivial acts of finding some new jeans that fitted great, and deciding not to wear socks and shoes so often weren’t dramatic changes that took weeks of careful planning and great courage. But they led to quite a shift in how I feel. A positive shift.
Often we are so entrenched in what is familiar and ritual – those things we do without questioning, without even thinking – that we forget there is an alternative. Like wearing a belt, or socks, or shoes that look fabulous but aren’t really very comfortable.
There is always a choice, and it doesn’t need to be a choice between two extremes, or a radical about face.
You don’t need to overhaul everything to change just one thing.
Take a long hard look at some of the ways you feel you’re restricted from being more creative. Write down the five biggest culprits.
Then take just one of them. Let’s say you feel you’re restricted by not having enough time.
What are some of the ways this restriction manifests itself? In other words, what evidence do you have that you don’t have enough time?
Often at this point, you’ll find that you begin to look at specific details and see that “I don’t have enough time” has become such a blanket, pre-programmed, speak-on-demand phrase, that you don’t even question the facts behind it.
You just say it, accept it, believe it. And then live by it, enslaved to it.
You’re working with a skewed reality, so your belief that you don’t have enough time isn’t one that has a sound basis.
Following on with this example, what if you got up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow, and every day for the next week, and spent the time creating? How would that improve your life?
If, at this suggestion, you automatically came up with a handful of reasons why this is not possible, then may the reason you’re not more creative isn’t actually about time.
Where in your creative life are your shoes pinching and your belt limiting your freedom to breathe?
What can you do today – and as we said before, it only need be little changes – to feel more free, more barefoot and belt-less, in your creativity?
Pick one thing, try it for a week, notice the difference.
Notice too how once you demonstrate in one area how your unquestioned beliefs weren’t quite so set in stone as you thought, it starts to free you to see other ways of being more creative and more free in other ways too.
Then you can choose to make a few little changes at a time there too…
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