What would happen if you gave your creativity the space, time and permission it needed to thrive?
We are all born creative and creativity is an essential part of the world we live in. But many of us grow up with labels that convince us otherwise.
“He’s the artistic / musical / creative one in the family” can have a profound effect on siblings who grow up considering themselves to be less so. “She’s the academic one” can push a child into a high-flying career that stifles her creative expression.
Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
As adults, juggling work, study, family responsibilities and other pressing commitments, creative pursuits can seem a luxury.
For some, it’s a question of confidence. Author Joseph Chilton Pearce said, “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
If we haven’t had much encouragement as children, we may feel self conscious about our artistic endeavours. If you are being creative in order to hang something in a gallery, you will probably never dare to lift a paint brush. But if painting is your personal creative expression, then there is huge freedom and an opportunity for more fulfillment in your life. (And if you turn out to be the next Picasso, well thank goodness you gave yourself permission to give it a try!)
Even practising artists can become uncreative – repeating what’s worked in the past rather than running the risk of creating something new that might not succeed.
So how can we get the creative flow going? Start by giving yourself small chunks of time in which to do whatever you enjoy. It doesn’t have to mean a change in lifestyle: 15 minutes twice a week is a great start.
Do something creative every day.
It takes practice to improve at anything, so give yourself permission to start where you are in order to get better at it.
I recommend working through Julia Cameron’s book,The Artist’s Way, for anyone who wants to live a more creative life. It unlocks your creativity in a process that includes writing morning pages, weekly readings, artist’s dates (a weekly date with your creative self) and weekly tasks.
If you’d like some company working through The Artist’s Way, because it’s more fun, or possibly, because you’ve tried it on your own and you know how hard it can be to stick to when things get in the way, why not join my next twelve-week course? We’re starting on Wednesday 10 September from 7:30 – 9pm in the Walton / Weybridge area.
What is your inner critic saying? (“You’ll never be good enough …”; “That’s a rubbish drawing / story / song …”) Ignore it. And do something creative.
Allow yourself playtime.
Don’t look for perfection – quality comes with practice.
If those around you are likely to belittle your early work, keep it to yourself until you become more confident.
PS – As you can see, I believe everyone is creative. I work with people who want a hand overcoming blocks to their creativity or are struggling with confidence or self-belief. If that’s you, let’s have a chat about how you could design a more creative life for yourself.