When we feel we’re not being as creative as we’d like to be, what usually happens is we focus only on the things that we think are missing, all the shortcomings and “if onlys”...
“IF ONLY I had more time, I could create more...”
“IF ONLY I were more talented, like my artistic heroes...”
“IF ONLY I were more experienced...”
“IF ONLY I could complete 17 new creative projects every week, each of them breathtakingly original and perfect in every way...”
And so the list goes on.
The problem is, you’ll always be able to find something missing if you look hard enough. And when you’re feeling a little low and blocked creatively, you’ll always manage to look hard enough!
So what’s the alternative? How can you avoid getting sucked into constantly honing in on all you feel you lack, and seeing your creativity diminish more and more?
Here are the 3 key steps to being more creative by enjoying the delicious donut that is your creative talent:
- Stop staring at the hole! The first step is to change your focus from what isn’t there to what is. Enjoy all the delicious donut you have, instead of bemoaning the hole in the middle.
Living with ourselves day in and day out, it can be hard to remain objective and remember just how many creative strengths and talents we do have. So it pays to remind yourself regularly of all your creative strengths.
Once you see how much you have, and how much others see that you have, the hole in your donut will virtually disappear.
- Enjoy your donut! It’s time to acknowledge and count up your creative strengths. Take a blank sheet of paper and write in the middle, “My Greatest Creative Strengths”. Then fill the page with all your best creative attributes.
You can focus on your specific creative talents and skills, like being a proficient painter or being able to play piano to a high standard, or being able to write wonderful engaging stories.
List too all your character strengths and attributes that help you be creative. For example being determined, resourceful, optimistic, passionate, motivated, focused...
Fill the page as much as you can with everything you can think of, however small it seems.
- Add a delicious chocolate topping! So you already have a list of your creative strengths and talents, and your donut’s looking tastier than it’s done in a long time. Now try this extra technique to add a delicious topping:
Imagine someone asked your closest friends what your main creative strengths are. What would they say about you? What would they see in you that you overlook or take for granted yourself? Add all of these strengths to your page.
By the end of this exercise, you’ll have a collection of strengths you’d forgotten you even had. In other words, you’ll realize you've got a whole lot of delicious donut sitting there waiting to be enjoyed!
Repeat this exercise regularly, especially when you’re feeling a little blocked with creating and start to feel those “if onlys” creeping in again.
By focusing on your creative strengths and abilities – enjoying the donut that’s there rather than complaining about the hole in the middle – you’ll remind yourself just how much you have going for you, and keep your creativity flowing freely.
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From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin