Creativity IS in you!
Main Entry: creative
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: artistic, imaginative
Synonyms: clever, cool*, demiurgic, deviceful, fertile, formative, gifted, hip*, ingenious, innovational, innovative, innovatory, inspired, inventive, leading-edge, original, originative, productive, prolific, stimulating, visionary, way out
Antonyms: uncreative, ungifted, unimaginative, uninspired, unproductive, untalented
Every one of us has a creative spark. Each and EVERY one of us.
As kids, we colour with crayons, draw in the dirt with sticks, build forts, and use our imaginations. We create all kinds of fantastical scenes – fairy tales with dragons and monsters that we slay, we climb trees and make them mountains that we conquer, we turn cardboard boxes into racecars and semis, jet airplanes and spaceships. We build, we create, we imagine.
Somewhere along the way, on our road to ‘growing up’, some of us forgot that we had that creative fire within us.
Someone maybe said something to us, told us that we needed to grow up, that we weren’t that good, that our imaginations were silly and childish.
Maybe we thought that taking an ‘artist’ path was not meant for us, or it wouldn’t create the money or prestige we were told we needed to make our lives worthwhile.
Not true. NOT TRUE!!
Think about it this way.
When learning to drive a car, ride a bike or even to write, we aren’t BORN knowing how to do these things!
We had to study, learn, practice, and then learn some more and practice some more!
Some of us had cars break down, had accidents, some got tickets.
We didn’t stop driving.
When someone told us we were horrible drivers, we didn’t decide that we couldn’t do it, that we weren’t able to drive anymore!
Why would we?!?
We KNOW we can drive, we’ve practiced, it’s second nature now.
We can get to some destinations without even THINKING about ALL the details it takes for us to actually drive a car!
Why should you want to be more creative?
Why should it matter?
You’ve gotten this far in life perfectly fine without it!
Art and creative outlets brush away the cobwebs in your mind.
Studies show that Art is GOOD for your brain, that it stimulates the imagination, makes you more observant, it enhances problem-solving skills.
Art boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment.
It reduces stress.
Cognitive abilities and memory, even in people with serious brain conditions, are enhanced.
Art therapy has been proven to help soldiers deal with PTSD, and patients to deal with traumatic events in their lives.
Art is a FANTASTIC way to be creative, but it isn’t the ONLY way.
Business owners can be creative in the way they run their business or their dealings with clients. All of us can use creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, innovation in ALL aspects of our lives.
We only need to learn HOW to access that part of us again.
Why can’t we be creative?
Why can’t we draw, paint, build, imagine?
Because we DIDN’T PRACTICE!
We gave up!
Someone said we sucked!
Someone said we can’t sing, we can’t paint, we’ll hurt our fingers with the hammer!
We are going to prove them WRONG!
We are going to stand up to those negative voices, those negative people, those
‘I don’t know how’s’!
And we’re going to start NOW!