This year I decided to commit myself to creativity. I’d love to share all my successes with you…to tell you that every day is a delightful journey into my imagination. But quite frankly it has been much harder than I would have liked.
Maybe, from the outside, it looks like I’m in my creative flow. Hey, I’ve illustrated a book cover, created a youtube channel and built a website for clients. But to be truthful, this creative process so far has often sucked!
In fact, I could even say that my biggest success this year has been learning the art of procrastination. It’s like my creativity is sitting on the couch with a beer in hand saying “Why do something today that you can put off until tomorrow?”
Yeah, thanks for that little miss creativity. I thought 2017 would be about unleashing my creative genius, not discovering my inner couch potato.
I’ve tried to get the flow going. I started setting a reminder to do something creative each day. I never knew the pointless activities I could find to do instead.
If creativity includes discovering ways to not be creative then I have mastered it. Truthfully, it felt like I was failing. And I didn’t know why.
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If we are blocked, out of sorts or stuck in our thinking mind, we will find ourselves procrastinating. We can’t be that channel. We block the flow.
So we have to get unblocked…which may be easier said than done!
Because stuff gets in the way. Things like:
- Mental blocks: You get trapped in your own thinking
- Emotional problems: Dealing with past or current issues, hurts or trauma
- Physical challenges: Problems with health or excessive tiredness (too much late-night Netflix?!)
- Overwhelm: The ever-increasing action list or inbox that demand attention
- Resource shortage: Too little time or money… or both!
- Inspiration struggles: A lack of ideas or motivation
If the creativity isn’t flowing because of one of the above blocks, there may not be a quick-fix solution. If it is important to you, you may need to take steps to rectify the underlying problems. I could have probably ticked most – if not all – of the above.
But that doesn’t mean you have to resolve everything in your life before you can experience creative flow. Sometimes the smallest steps can make a significant difference.
What could you do today that would invite more creativity into your life?
What comes easily to you? Are you a natural at doodles or a literary genius in 140-character tweets? Can you turn bunches of flowers into a wedding-worthy floral display or perhaps create a tasty meal out of ingredients lurking in the back of the cupboard. It doesn’t matter what your forte is. When it comes to creativity, it all counts.
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My go-to place for creativity is writing. I’d love to be able to draw or paint with ease but in all honestly, those activities consume a great deal more bandwith than creating with words. I love to do them. But they aren’t quick wins.
Writing is something I have done for years so it comes much more easily. I think of it as my creativity home base! It gets me out of my thinking mind. When my fingers are poised above a keyboard, I become that open channel for inspiration and flow.
What’s your creativity home base?
From there anything is possible.
So make it easy on yourself.