Why Your Creativity Is Absolutely Useless

Each of us have within us a vast potential to be creative. We have the ability to create artwork of the like the world has never seen before, that will touch and move and inspire people to create themselves, and that will leave us feeling immensely proud and fulfilled.

There’s one little problem I’ve overlooked though.

Your creativity is useless.

You can’t hope to do anything with it. All that potential we spoke of above, is nothing but a pipedream.

Why am I telling you? Aren’t I supposed to be encouraging and inspiring you to be MORE creative, not plunging you into a pit of hopeless despair?!

Here’s the thing.

Your creativity is useless ONLY if you choose to neglect it, to ignore it, to not give it the essential elements it needs to thrive.

If you were a car enthusiast and loved nothing more than to drive out on the open road in a vintage sports car, then what sense would it make to have one in the back of your garage covered in dust with a dead battery, two punctures, and having been neglected for years?

It would make no sense at all. And yet this is what many of us do with our creativity!

open road
image: mcbeth

Your creativity loves nothing more than to hit the open road and roar along at top speed with the sun on its skin and the wind in its hair. It doesn’t want to be treated as useless, it doesn’t want to be ignored and unloved.

Imagine getting to the end of your days and looking back and taking stock of all you’ve created. What if it was only a handful of heart half hearted, half finished projects? What if that was the entire sum of your creative life, your creative legacy?

I’m sure this isn’t an image that sits comfortably with you at all. To me it’s downright terrifying.

So what can you do?

You can first of all acknowledge how important a part of your life creativity is.

When you create, you feel like nothing else can make you feel. You get utterly, blissfully lost, the concepts of time and space disappear, and everything flows exactly as it should flow.

This is an experience you can find again and again. If you give your creativity a chance.

You don’t need to suddenly spend eight hours a day, every day, creating. But creating every day is essential. Start with a little chunk, just 15 minutes. Build the habit. Just giving your creativity this daily attention will transform your relationship with it.

Your creativity won’t feel useless and neglected anymore. It will feel valued, important, needed. Isn’t this what we all want to feel?

You can choose today, and every day for the rest of your life, to give your creativity the attention and key role in your life it deserves.

It’s useful (or useless) as you want to make it. The choice is yours. What’s it going to be?

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