“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury
Daily Nugget of Gold 1159
Increasing Our Creative Powers
A lot of people don’t believe they are the creative type. This is an interesting phenomena because we are creating day in and day out through our beliefs and the actions of The Law of Attraction on them- but that’s a discussion for another day. Our task right now is to look at our creative abilities and see if we can’t turn them up a notch or two. Are you game for that?
We alluded to the idea that we are always creating anyhow, but let’s see if we can move this into creating the kinds of things we want rather than conditions in our lives so many people try and run and hide from. Do you want to be better at drawing? Perhaps your wish is to be more artistic in regards to decorating your home. Maybe you wish to be more original in planning a party. There are tons of things out there that creative minds do so well at that it leaves us in awe.
Ken Robinson in his book, The Element, points out that if you ask a class of little kids who’s creative, nearly every hand shoots up. Ask a class of high school kids the same question, nearly no one raises a hand. What happened here? A few things. One is that between those points various people critique what we do. Most of them are rank amateurs in art. Even well meaning artists sometimes stifle creativity by expecting what we do fit into their own opinion of what art is or should be.
If we want to become more creative, doesn’t it make sense to turn down the noise against our doing so and follow our own hearts? A big reason people struggle with creative endeavors is that they spend too much time listening to what someone else’s opinion is and trying to please everyone. If we do that, we wash our individualism away. It would seem that a great way to reverse that would be to stop seeking other people’s approval on everything we do. Let’s please ourselves instead.
Another thing which will surely help us be more creative is practice. Sure, some people seem to have a knack for creative ideas or things, but guess what? They are constantly doing it. Constantly. Let’s not judge what we do by that standard unless we are non-stop in our efforts also. Heck, let’s not judge our efforts except by the happiness we feel as we go about pursuing uniqueness. If we do what we do for the joy we’re creating in our own hearts, someone somewhere is bound to nod in approval. If they don’t? Perhaps they don’t see genius in our approach. Declare yourself to be whatever you want to be and passionately strive to get better every day. You will.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do today to expand my creative ability?”
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