If I were to ask you the question: “How creative are you?” I can say with great certainty that you would tell me a lie.
You might want to tell the truth, and I know you’re a genuine, honest person. But you’ll still lie to me.
How do I know this with such confidence?
Because whatever you tell me, you’re bound to undersell yourself, and omit many of the ways you’re creative without even realising.
It’s the same for most of us. Hey it’s the same for ALL of us.
Most of the time we think of being creative as making art in some form. And not just any old art. We think that only by making amazing new artworks that are stunningly original and the best not only we’ve created, but the best that anyone anywhere ever has created.
Obviously, if we set the criteria for “being creative” this unrealistically high, we’re not going to then believe we’re being creative – and fitting this criteria – all that often, if ever.
It’s brilliant to have high expectations and ambitions of your creativity and want to produce the greatest artwork you’re capable of. But not at the expense of discounting all the dozens, if not hundreds, of creative acts you do each and every day of your life.
Creating isn’t about just making stuff. It’s about the way you see things, the way you think about things, the way you experience the world around you and interact with it.
You simply cannot turn off your creative mind, even if you want to. It’s constantly as eager as a puppy to imagine new stories and images and ideas and to bring them to life. That’s what it does.
And, also much like an eager puppy, when we give our creative minds the recognition they deserve – when we pat them on the head, scratch behind their ears and throw them a bone – they respond by being even more bouncy and passionate and puppyish and full to the brim of exuberance and life.
Take a pencil and piece of paper and write in the centre – “Some of the many many ways I’m creative…”
Then start to fill the page with all the many many ways you’re creative.
Remember to include the art you create – the writing, the painting, the stitching, the singing, the dancing, the photography and so on…
Also remember to include all the other ways that you might usually overlook. The meals you create, the way you dress, how you’ve created (and continue to create) a comfortable, inviting home. The many relationships you’ve built, the way you solve problems at work and home better than others. The way you style your hair.
ALL of these are expressions of your creativity.
The more often you acknowledge these many acts, the more your creativity will glow and outpour even more.
Plus then you can stop lying to your favourite creativity coach about how creative you are too. : )
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