Updated: Mar 2
What is creativity? To be honest that is something I struggled with for a very long time when I was young. I always told myself the story that I wasn’t creative, special, or artistic. I had very black-and-white notions of what creativity and art meant. If I couldn’t draw, paint, compose music, or sing then I was not creative or artistic.
We don’t need to be some type of actual “artist” to be creative. I think there is an artist in each of us. What is an artist anyway? It is someone who creates something or reinvents something. An artist could create a sculpture, painting, musical piece, remix an existing song, invent new tech, or new recipes. An artist is also someone who modifies, changes, improves, or reinvents something that already exists. You can show your creativity in your art through your make up, your clothes, the way you speak, or your writing. My point here is that creativity isn’t reserved for those left brain dominant individuals who seem super messy on the outside with chaotic lives and disorganized or whatever stereotypical trait you want to insert to depict what a creative person is like. For all those people who are right brain dominant and value organization, structure, or methodological approaches, there is even creativity in that. There is creativity in the way you plan, the way you organize, and the way you analyze. The possibilities are endless. Regardless of how you present your art (or math, science, etc..) the actions that you take daily to grow, learn, evolve, stretch yourself, reinvent, or adapt are all parts of your creativity shining through.
Creativity is nothing more than the solution to a problem or an answer to a question. This is how simple creativity can be. This is how I define creativity. When you look at it this way, we are all creative.
I hear many people say they are not creative, but I don’t believe that, well not anymore. I now realize that these types of limiting beliefs are self-imposed from years of external conditioning based on past life experiences. Friends!!! We are the ones that define what is and isn’t possible for ourselves.
When I released the limits on my creativity, I felt like I saw myself for the first time. For me personally that manifested in my voice. Now, I use my voice to express myself in ways that I never thought was possible. I found my own unique style of storytelling. I found my way of connecting with others. If that’s possible for me, it is possible for you too. I believe in you and your creativity. Because there is art in all of us.
Here are a couple of cool quotes to get you thinking:
"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones."
"Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way."
Let that sink in a moment 🤯.
So, how do you tap into your creativity? Start by defining it. I find what works for me is coming up with acronyms for words that inspire me. These words serve as anchors for me to visualize and hold onto my goals. Some of my anchor words are create, commitment, focus, connection etc. It gives me something almost tangible to hold onto while I am navigating unfamiliar terrain. Choose any word that you like or that you feel connected to or guided by and acronym the heck out of it 😉 lol. I hope you can find your inspiration using this technique too.
It’s just a fun way to think about your goals and your vision and what it really means to you.
C.R.E.A.T.I.V.I.T.Y to me means:
🌟Your growth & tribe
Wishing you lots of creativity and joy today.
What does creativity mean to you?