How To Be Creative (And Why You Already Are!)
I wonder how much art never was and never will be made because of beliefs like:
- I'm not a creative person
- I could never make anything like that
- I'm too old
- I'm too young
- I don't have an art degree
- I'm not interesting enough
- I don't have enough time (!)
- There's no point if it's not going to be a masterpiece
- There's no point if I can't do it full time
- I'll never 'make it' as an artist
- Artists need to suffer for their work
- I'm good at math / science so I'm too 'left brained' to make art
It's enough to bring me to tears.
Look, I don't even blame you for having these limiting belief systems. I have had many of them myself, and there are always more to overcome! When you hear something enough times it's easy to take them on without question.
I IMPLORE you.....
There is this idea that art (and other creative acts) can only come to be by the hands of extraordinary people and us mere mortals must sit back and only marvel at the greatness that we will never be able to access. I don't buy it.
What SO MANY people don't realise is that the process of making any art of any kind is mostly luck, persistence, experimentation, and buckets and buckets of AUDACITY.
It is trial and error, over and over agin until something happens that makes you go 'hmm, I kinda like that!'
I wonder how many half-done paintings hang in world famous art galleries, having been frustratedly painted over and abandoned, while the artist dutifully started again and again until they became the famous paintings we know. The polished final product. How many failures? How much doubt? How many 'mistakes'? How much despair? How much faith? How much BRAVERY?
Every single one of us has something unique to share, something that hasn't been made the way that ONLY YOU can!
What are we so afraid of anyway? That it will suck?
That if it sucks, that means WE suck?
Guess what...IT ABSOLUTELY WILL SUCK!
That is a promise! Even the Great Masters sucked, and they certainly didn't become great without sucking first...and OFTEN!
So how exactly do you tap into this embedded creativity, you ask?
1. SHOW UP
Show up at the page. Show up at the guitar. Show up at the canvas, pantry, garden or living room floor. Take yourself to the place where it happens. You're already half-way there. That is the hard part.
2. KEEP SHOWING UP
Do it again, and again, and again. It gets easier, and it gets BETTER.
3. TREAT THAT SELF-DOUBT LIKE THE BULLY THAT IT IS
'Seriously, you have no place here. Go away. I'm too busy making things to listen to you right now'
4. REMEMBER: DOING SOMETHING NEW IS ALWAYS SCARY!
Do it ANYWAY!
5. TREAT THIS TIME AS SACRED
It is. Prioritise it, for your own sense of self. Even if you're too busy. ESPECIALLY if you are too busy. Carve out half an hour before the kids get up or after they've gone to bed, or even during your lunch break. You'd be AMAZED at what you can create in half an hour a day!
6. DO IT FOR YOU!
Because you deserve it. Because you are so much more than a spouse / parent / employee / employer / housekeeper / provider. You are creation ITSELF!
What beliefs do you have that are stopping you from creating? What whispers in your heart have gone unanswered or ignored completely? What are you afraid of? I would love to know!
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Be kind. Be patient.