The creative process can be intimidating, especially because there is a big myth around it. Thinking that creativity is something you're born with or not, isn't reducing the fear of it, on the contrary. As an entrepreneur or creator, being creative is vital to your success. In this category, I want to encourage you to train your mindset around creativity and use it as often as possible in order to lose the fear of it.
What you should pay attention to, isn't if you're creative or not, but how you can develop a mindset that allows you to focus more about the following:
Creativity or the lack of it begins in your mind. If you think you're not born with it, chances are, that you'll not put the necessary work to prove you wrong. On the contrary, if you do, it might become your second nature.
Waking up one day and having a great idea is one aspect of the game. In fact, the more you're open to try things out and deep dive into specific topics, the more you'll get new ideas.
Even if you don't consider yourself a creative person, there are lots of actions you can take and exercices you can do, in order to trigger your creativity.
“Ok, God, you take care of the quality, I'll take care of the quantity.”
- Julia Cameron
Now, you don't have to be religious to understand what Julia Cameron means by that. We think that the creative process works like something magical where you wake up one day and get a brilliant idea.
And it's not wrong per se. Sometimes when we stop obsessing about finding a solution for problem or finding inspiration, the solution comes unexpectedly. Mostly, when we're doing something relaxing that has nothing to do with what we're looking for. So, the question is...
Like everything, there isn't one answer for everything and everybody. Duh! Yes and sometimes developing an efficient creative process arises from the most unexpected sources or areas of our lives that we've finally dealt with and were slowing us down.
To understand what I mean, here are a few articles for you on the topic.
In a nutshell, creative thinking is the ability to think out-of-the-box. It means you seek for solutions more than being focused on problems, you can analyse very well but are also open-minded for everything. You can structure your thoughts very well but are also able to think about the most crazy ideas. And you can communicate those ideas in a brilliant way.
So, that sounds pretty intimidating. Some people were just born with that spark, but it's also a mindset that can be trained. You can potentially learn pretty much everything if you have a growth mindset.
Now, to be honest, I'm not a fan of forcing creative thinking as you would train your dog to do nice stunts. Creativity can be triggered, but at the condition that it feels expansive and not restrictive. Even if constraints can boost your creativity, but that's another aspect.
The key to creative thinking is to expand your realm of possibilities. No matter how your situation might look like right now. Because if you derive possible solutions from where you are right now, you won't be able to think of solutions that might feel unrealistic (but aren't), because you'd have dismissed them in advance. You need courage and to believe you'll find a solution as well.
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I’m convinced that the more creativity you integrate into your life, the happier you will be.
Sometimes, we’re so stuck in the mud that we can’t see anymore what could get us out of that seemly hopeless situation.
Opening yourself for new possibilities – without any judgment – even if you don’t know how it’s going to work, is exactly what you need. Mostly when you feel stuck, it’s because you’re holding on to beliefs that make you feel stuck.
Strengthening your creativity is a way to break out of your mental prison. And it doesn’t have to be automatically something that makes a lot of sense in the beginning. It could be baking cookies at the weekends in order to cope with a stressing corporate job, and voilà! One day you have a business idea (doesn’t have to be cookie-related) because you allowed yourself to unplug your brain from work’s problem for a while.
Another example could be that you decide to be courageous one day and tell that “friend” or family member to stop gaslighting you, and out of the blue, it’s like you had refreshed a whole range of neurons and you get gazillions of ideas on what kind of next steps you could take.
Creativity can indeed arise from the most unexpected places.
As you already guessed, probably not what you think. I might talk about topics like setting boundaries or have a serious look in the mirror when it comes to authenticity.
Because creativity is everywhere. However, the more untrue to yourself you are, the less authentic life you live, the more difficult it will be for you to develop this amazing side of you.
Look, the creative process doesn’t have to be painful all the time. In fact, I pretty disagree with that concept that if you don’t suffer during it – or have suffered before – it’s not going to work.
Yes, you will have days where you’ll feel like not taking action and might have to “force” yourself into doing it, but it’s like this all the time, something is wrong for sure. Whether you don’t really want what you’re pursuing, or you’re fighting with yourself on a whole other level.
So, from me you can expect articles on how to declutter the mindfuck in order to make room for the magical stuff more than techniques on how to improve your creativity itself, because a lack of creativity isn’t the problem. The dark clouds that are hiding your creativity from yourself are.
And if you need help to uncover the layers that are hiding you from your creative self, I offer one-on-one online coaching session.
Stay true to yourself!