Regardless of the line of work you’re in, a little creativity can really benefit your operation. Tapping into the creative part of your mind helps with problem solving, with communication and a number of other facets of any job. Beyond the professional side, creativity is important for your personal life. It can be very freeing and bring you a lot of happiness when you really start to embrace that aspect of yourself.
Despite what some may claim, everyone is capable of being creative, it’s just that some of us never give ourselves the opportunity to find and identify the area in which we are creative. With these few methods, you can learn to embrace that side of you and let your creativity out.
Find a passion.
Without passion, creativity has a hard time to breath, but when you can really access something that you love, the creativity can just pour out of you. Take some time to think about your passions. What are those subjects that you always seem to be ruminating on? What are those wonderful things you think about as you’re following asleep and then go back to when you wake up in the morning? Hone in on that and start picking apart what you love so much about it. More often than not, the creative side will kick in immediately.
Put fear aside.
Fear is one of the number one reasons people don’t try new things. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s very daunting to put yourself out there in such a vulnerable state, not knowing if you’re going to succeed or fail. You worry how you’ll look and how it will affect you. That feat can just as easily stop creativity in its tracks as well. What you need to understand is that embracing your creativity doesn’t need to be for anyone but yourself. Sure, it’s nice to share these things with others, but just allowing yourself to embrace it yourself with no fear or worries is the real aim.
Without trying to sound too pretentious, creativity comes from within and sometimes you just have to let it come out in whatever form it takes. Going back to the problem if insecurity, it can be hard to just let yourself create so freely. But when you start to think about it too much, you start to second guess gut decisions and start to play it safe. Don’t overthink things and just go with what feels right. You may make adjustments as you go on, but there’s nothing wrong with just allowing yourself to see what happens.
Carry a notepad.
Inspiration is a big part of creativity. You never know when inspiration can hit you, and often times it doesn’t wait until you’re ready for it to happen. You need to be ready for inspiration at anytime so you should think carrying around a notepad with you. I started doing this years ago, jotting down ideas that popped into my head that I might otherwise forget when I get home. They don’t always turn out to be gems, but the ability to go through every interesting idea that comes to me is invaluable to the creative process.
Don’t be afraid to make your own path.
As I mentioned before, every single person has the ability to be creative, but some people get it in their heads that they are the exception. Therefore, when they set out to do something creative, they’ve set invisible roadblocks up for themselves. They doubt themselves and their ideas to the point where they dismiss genuine creative ideas they’ve had because they haven’t seen it done before and therefore must not be worthwhile. It’s certainly fine to draw inspiration from other work’s but you don’t want to narrow your scope just based on what’s come before you. Someone has to be the first to try something, so why not you?
There are so many mediums available for you to express your creative self, so don’t feel tied down to any one method. You may be drawn to the most popular or most easily accessible mediums, but be open to experiment. You’d be surprised how easily the creative process opens up just when you find the proper venue to express it through.