I’ve heard many women say they are just not creative and it breaks my heart. Creativity is so important to me that it’s high on my list of Needs and also one of my consistent Values, so here’s some info in how to be creative…
The truth is, we are ALL creative; that’s how we were born to be. It’s an innate part of our body, mind and soul – it’s written into your DNA
If you’re feeling you are not creative, or can’t be creative, what’s happening is that your logical, critical-thinking mind is over-shadowing your intuitive, feeling nature.
Often as we become adults we feel that our time as creatives has come to an end. Now we have to focus on grown-up stuff like work and finances, and housework, and food shopping, we don’t have time for that creative nonsense – that’s just for kids who have plenty of time and energy.
Sometimes it’s down to the stories you were you told as you were growing up, being compared, or comparing yourself, to someone ‘better’ or ‘more talented’ or ‘highly skilled’ or that you ‘mustn’t fail’, it ‘must be perfect’. You’re worried that someone will laugh at your treasured result, that they’ll think it’s stupid or a waste of time – especially when the outcome isn’t seen as ‘useful’
It kinda misses the whole point of being creative…which is to create.
To be creative you have to let go of any thoughts of it being perfect and you have to accept that other people may not see your merit (which is OK by-the-way). You will be frustrated, annoyed as hell, totally pissed off and in a funk for the rest of the day when it doesn’t work out, but you will be over-joyed, proud, sublimely happy and feeling as giddy as a kid when it does!!
The biggest aspect to get your head around is that that failure is an essential aspect to being creative.
Make no mistake, if you are being creative you are going to fail…but that’s part of the fun! Often when it all goes horribly wrong something new and amazing comes out of it. Other times you chalk it up to it just not working out that time – but next time you’ll do something differently, and other times it’ll end up being a funny story you tell to your besties around a camp fire.
Create without purpose or outcome, create for passion and experimentation. Create to explore new delights, create to discover yourself again and most importantly, create for fun.
So go on….dust off those colouring pens, don your gardening gloves, learn how to make your Excel spread sheet pretty, dig out your favourite recipe and get creative!! And here’s why….
𝟳 𝗕𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗙𝗜𝗧𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗕𝗘𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘
That’s one for every day of the week!!
I know many of you feel you have no time to be creative, or that you don’t know how to be creative, but you really do!
Creativity can take 1000’s of forms and we usually think of the ‘masters’ type forms of fine art, sculpture and music. Of course as soon as we think of those, our creativity shrinks into its shell declaring it’s not good enough, never will be good enough so it may as well be forgotten.
But the truth is, creativity comes in all shapes and sizes and can be anything you like. It’s just the act of being creative for the sheer sake of it that brings about such positive benefits to your life, such as:
𝟭. 𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘅𝗲𝗱
Let’s face it, we could all do with a bit of calm and relaxation in our lives. Taking that 10 mins or half hour an doing something totally unrelated to the stresses of daily life really makes a huge difference and has been shown to significantly reduce the adrenaline and cortisol in our bodies (the main stress hormones).
𝟮. 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳
We all want to feel proud of what we’ve done and as adults (sometimes as children too) we rarely hear those immortal and life-affirming words ‘I am proud of you’. Doing something creative or mindful allows us to give those words to ourselves. Sure it may not have turned out the way you planned (it may have been an unmitigated disaster!!) but be proud of yourself that you gave it a shot!
𝟯. 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱-𝗰𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿
How many times have you gone to bed and then been awake for ages ‘thinking’ and going over stuff in your mind; what you should have said/done in that meeting, what you didn’t complete today, what you have to do tomorrow, did you lock the door?
Creativity makes you focus on what’s going on immediately in front of you. There is no past, no future, just the action you are taking right now in this present moment. It’s such a bloody relief!!
𝟰. 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺-𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗿
The one thing about creativity that you can guarantee is that you will, at some point, fail. The thing won’t work, it won’t come out exactly as you envisioned it, you’ll forget a major step.
But the upside is that you start to think differently. You start thinking as a problem-SOLVER not a problem-bringer. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, it’s the same with creativity! You’ll be truly amazed at how your brain creates solutions when it ll seems impossible.
𝟱. 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
Once your head is down and you’re focusing on your creative endeavours, everything negative in your life will simply disappear. The great thing is that whilst your conscious mind is being kept occupied with creating something wonderful, your unconscious mind will be busily working out all your problems and issues for you.
Don’t be surprised that you have your biggest insights and a-ha’s after a session of creativity!
𝟲. 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀io𝗻
Our biggest desire is to be seen and heard as we truly are, and yet we are terrified of letting other people see the ‘real us’ what a paradox!
Being creative is a wonderful way of expressing your true nature and sometimes we can even find deeper levels of who we are today (instead of working on who we were 20 years ago).
Whether you choose to share that with others is up to you, but by being creative you will certainly learn more about yourself and gain more confidence in yourself…see the next point
𝟳. 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲
I’m not 100% sure why or how creativity brings out your self-confidence, I just know that it does, Maybe it’s all the points above combined that allows you to feel more yourself, more present in the moment, more connected to your intuitive nature and proud of your achievement,or maybe it’s because by being creative you’re starting to prioritise your needs and showing people who you are.
As you experiment with creativity, what works and what doesn’t, you may find something that you can share with others and enhance your social life, be able to create gifts for your loved ones or even turn it into a side-hustle or profitable, enjoyable business!
The possibilities are about as endless as creativity itself so get a weekly dose of creativity into your life and experience the changes for yourself.
BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DENY YOUR CREATIVITY?
There’s a lot of talk about being creative recently – especially here!! And there’s good reason – it helps in all areas of your life .
But what happens when you live an un-creative life? Before we start, this is not a judgment on the way you choose to live your life, but if you’re not quite satisfied with life, if you’re wondering what’s next for you, if you’re not sure what you even want now, it’s a great idea to noodle over this to see whether anything resonates with you.
𝟭. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗻𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
What do you use on a daily (hourly?) basis that you can’ do without? Now think about the fact that if the people who invented that thing, decided not to be creative, it may never be in your life? Every single thing you have, came from innovation, and that came from creativity.
𝟮. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
You may come up with an idea, but without creativity it’ll end up in the back of the under-stairs cupboard of your mind all dusty and forgotten. That doesn’t mean to say you have to have all the ‘doing’ creativity to make it happen, but you will need some form of creativity to get that idea into the world.
𝟯. 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
It’s the most unpleasant thing to sit down to plan your future and get nothing, nada, blank brain. And if your brain goes blank every time you try to think of your best most beautiful future, how the hell are you going to create it?
𝟰. 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
Other people get promoted, other people start businesses, other people have nice houses, other people go on exciting holidays – you don’t because you’re not thinking creatively.
𝟱. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲
Ever heard about those annoying people who go to bed with a problem and wake up with a solution? Yup – I was jealous of them too before I realized that increasing my creativity exponentially increased my ability to solve problems
Yes, I am now one of those annoying people (#sorrynotsorry)
𝟲. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱
Un-creativity allows your stress hormones to keep flooding your body and when they are in charge, you are not. You are literally living from you pre-historic brain that tells you to fight, flee, freeze or hide – not a great way to be in the 21st century!
𝟳. 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Without creativity enhancing all your super-powers you’ll stay fixed on one aspect – mainly the problem or issue in front of, and you won’t be able to view it from different perspectives – and perspectives are all important if you want to make lasting changes.
Conclusion = Un-creativity = lack of vision, missed opportunities and higher stress levels
HERE’S 5 WAYS TO KICK-START YOUR CREATIVITY…and live a happier life
Do you consider yourself creative? Are you a creative whose having a block right now? Here are my top 5 ways to kick-start your creativity.
𝟭. 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽
If you’re creatively blocked, it may because you’ve not had enough sleep. Sleep is a wonder-cure so plan in a gentle evening and early night as soon as you can
𝟮. 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
How can you not feel inspired whilst walking in a beautiful woodland or strolling along a stunning beach? Clear something out of your diary and make the time and commitment to getting outdoors
𝟯. 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗩 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻𝘀 (𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟭 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿)
Scrolling and seeing how much better everyone else’s lives seem to be is a creative-killer, so switch off your screens and devices for at least an hour a day, or even choose a whole day when you won’t even turn them on! I promise the world won’t end..just let people know you’re doing it so they don’t go into a blind panic and call the police (not that I would know about that…)
𝟰. 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹
There are literally millions of great and inspiring books, articles, magazines out there in both fact and fiction….choose one you feel drawn to/interested in and get comfy for a good read. It’s bound to spark a few thoughts and ideas.
𝟱. 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮 𝗦𝗼𝗳𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁
Eh? What’s that I hear you cry!! Keep reading dear reader and be enlightened! 😆
I learnt about Soft Play during my coaching training with One of many, and it’s a game-changer!!
𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 since has found this one thing hugely beneficial to their lives and it’s been instrumental in them improving their significant relationships, streamlining and growing the profitability of their businesses, moving to their dream home as well as being able to deal with family drama’s and difficulties.
That’s why it forms a crucial element of the 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 programme
Soft Play is more than self-care, it’s 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵. It’s taking a good portion of time out each week just for you to do something that fires you up, gets you all buzzy and excited. It’s time for you to experiment with your creativity, to use it to provide ideas and insights and give you that spark of life again.
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