Ways To Be More Creative TodayJune 20, 2018
Let me start by telling you a story. As a young girl I loved being creative. I would relish any opportunity to ‘make something’. My mother always praised my artworks and that inspired me more. It all changed as I grew up. As a teenager I started to form an identity and I just didn’t want to identify as being creative, besides I had the HSC looming and I wanted a serious persona. Slowly but surely, I began to lose touch with who I really was. Does this sound familiar to you? For many people it does.
The Oxford dictionary defines creativity as using your imagination to create something. For me creativity means doing something your own way. I believe everybody is creative.
Some common reasons people don’t feel creative
Many adults see themselves as not the creative types. Here are some excuses that might be holding you back:
- The fear of making a mistake
- Too late to start
- Negative self-talk
Children are naturally creative. Look at any young child playing with their toys and you can see that there are no rules or anxieties holding them back about how they should be playing. Instead, there are only possibilities. As adults we learn to be sensible but this can serve to hinder playfulness. Let’s change that right now.
Changing your mindset
To start, you must change your mindset. Change your “I have an excuse” mindset to “Creativity is a technique I can learn” mindset. Now that’s out of the way, here are 4 ways you can start being more creative today:
#1. Keep a journal and decorate it with stickers
Not too long ago the ‘Planner Trend’ swept through social media and decorating your planner, aka a journal, with stickers was a big thing. It’s still very popular, and using stickers to decorate a journal is such a simple task that it cuts through the paralyzing fear of attempting a sketch or free writing. It’s a great way to make a start with baby steps!
#2. Take a short course
Today there are many courses offered online or in a class setting. Scout around and you will even find some free short introductory courses. Try a course and learn something new. Having a ‘beginners mind’ is a Zen Buddhist concept and it teaches the idea of being open to possibilities. It is never too late to start learning something new.
#3. Change your environment: travel to a new place, take a different route
Take a ferry instead of a train. Walk a different route to work. Any change to your current mindset is likely to make you more open to new ideas and more likely to make you more aware of your surroundings. This will give you a fresh perspective to view your surroundings differently.
#4. Take out 10 minutes to practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is an ancient tradition and it has never been easier to practice thanks to apps. Numerous meditation apps in the App Store promise to offer you mindfulness. Just how popular are they? ‘Headspace’ is one example of a popular meditation app with over 1 million subscribers worldwide. Clearing mental clutter can pave the way for you to be more open to opportunities. Practicing meditation may help to relieve procrastination by breaking your train of thought.
So, what are you waiting for? Start something now because when you silence the inner critic, you will realise that you are already creative.
“Mindset Is Everything”
Annette Carey is a recent graduate of a Diploma in Marketing and Communication.
She has a diverse background having worked in: retail, insurance, sporting club management and online shopping. A strong believer in acquiring knowledge, Annette earned her degree from UTS. Her passions include: tango dancing, keeping fit and her family.