November 9th, 2021

Get into your creative zone

Creativity is important for keeping us interested, curious and giving us a good sense of who we are.  Getting into our creative zone can be difficult even for those who are working in "creative" roles such as artists, musicians and writers.  

There are a number of enemies of creativity which can hold you back.  According to Dr Scott Barry Kaufman, cognitive psychologist at New York University these enemies can include self doubt, fear of failure, lack of enjoyment and inspiration in our job and tightly controlled education and business structures/practices.  

So what can you do if you are feeling creative resistance? 

1. Stop thinking too much.  Allow thoughts to flow and open up your mind to all possibilities and ideas.  Once you have all the ideas and possibilities on the table you can then start to apply structured thinking to action them.  Over-thinking can block creative connections and flow in thoughts and ideas.  

2. Getting into a state of flow only happens when self doubt goes away. Believe in yourself and that everything is possible if you really want it. Set expectations about what is realistically achievable so that you don't make the task too difficult.  Matching your skills levels to the task is important to ensure that you believe you can achieve things.

3. Creativity involves drawing from different areas and combining them in new ways.  Expand your thinking to draw upon creative ideas to get inspiration and make new connections. This may mean doing things that you never tried before e.g. if you work with technology systems, learn to sing etc.  Open up your mind to very different experiences that you wouldn't normally go for.  

4. Get inspired.  This is the springboard for creativity. Read up on how role models create their success, seek our mentors or immerse yourself in a class.  It is a well known fact that inspired people are more productive and creative.

5. The most successful people of all time have failed more than they have succeededSee failure as a way of contributing to your creativity and success. Failure provides very useful feedback and pointers to where you need to focus. Being creative means that you will hit dead ends and make mistakes but this is part of the journey and learning experience. 

6. Be authentic and express yourself honestly.  People relate and respond positively to authenticity and you will be more creative in how you express yourself and respond to others.  Recognise your strengths and weaknesses and be comfortable expressing these.

7. Keep persevering and don't give up easily.  Its very easy to fall at the first hurdle when it feels too difficult or different but you might find that you really enjoy it and it becomes fun once you have mastered it.  

8. Stop worrying about what others think. This will only dampen creativity and there will be a tendency to focus on what you think the other person wants or how they are judging you.  This allows self doubt to creep in and the fear of how you think others perceive you will inhibit your ability to be creative and "in flow".

Most of all allow your creativity to flow, enjoy the journey and learning that comes about.   

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