“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
— Steve Jobs
For many years, I considered myself as not creative at all. I was raised to fit into the system, to be good, great and perfect. Making failures was not an option for my parents. Not an ideal environment to discover my creative potential. Whatever I created as a kid, I didn’t want to show those creations to anybody. I was afraid, it wouldn’t be good enough. As a student, I developed a passion. I tailored almost all my clothes on my own. I educated myself how to do it. As soon as I mastered the basic skills, I enjoyed creating beautiful dresses, nobody else had. Did I perceive myself now as a creative person? No, it was only craftsmanship.
I had lost my creative confidence during my childhood. The fear of being rejected hold me back. Then, when I started my spiritual journey more than ten years ago, I got my confidence back, the confidence in myself, step by step. I experienced this:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
A few years ago, a special friend connected me to Seth Godin. Wow! Now, I could connect all the dots. “Tribes” and “Linchpin” were a real breakthrough. Now, I was able to transfer the power of creativity in all aspects of my life. It was at the same time, when I found my professional passion, when I started to use my creativity in all aspects of my work. It was about the same time, when I started writing…
We all have creative potential. It’s a unique gift we all have deep within us.
Creativity is part of human nature.
- Creativity is a gift:
It’s your decision to unwrap the gift or not. If you decide to do so, unwrap it with love, gratitude and joy. Be always aware that what you unwrap is just the potential. It’s up to you, how to leverage your gift and how to integrate creativity in all aspects of your life.
- Creativity requires playfulness:
A playful environment, ideally in nature, when mind and thoughts can ramble, helps to create the best ideas. Capture them, always. You will be surprised how many of those ideas will help you to solve a problem or to unlock a stagnant project. A playful situation helps also to question the status quo. Questioning the current state can unfold a whole range of new ideas. If you want to read more about playfulness, check out these previous Sand Hearts posts here and here.
- Creativity is action:
Don’t wait until all final reports and data are available. This moment will never happen. Trust your gut instinct and begin to develop that new idea, that new product or begin to write the book you have in mind or to launch your own blog. Whatever it is, creativity is first of all about action, beginning and making the first step in the right direction and to keep moving.
- Creativity requires confidence:
“That combination of thought and action defines creative confidence: the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out.” Tom Kelley, Creative Confidence.
Creative confidence needs to be discovered once, which is a kind of initiation into a new life. As soon as this confidence is established, it’s all about practice – practice to improve, reinforce and strengthen your creative foundation. The more you practice, the easier it gets. The secret is “to unlock your creative thinking as a bridge to creative confidence.” I highly recommend to read this book: Creative Confidence, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. It’s extremely well written, contains lots of encouraging stories and practical tools to boost your creative confidence.
- Creativity takes courage:
Courage is the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. In reality it means whatever you are passionate about – do it anyway. There will never be a perfect moment without risk. Your courage makes the moment perfect. Courage is to trust your creative confidence and your ability to connect the dots between elements that were not connected so far. Learn along the journey what works and what doesn’t. The learning you will get from failures will equip you with the right skills and the right mindset to achieve a next level of creativity. Courage allows you to see a learning opportunity instead of a problem. That’s how your creative potential will unfold. In plateaus, in batches. Courage is the driving force to boost your creative potential. Courage drives creativity. Courage and creativity drive innovation.
Be the creator and the creation at the same time.
“Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.”