You’re not born creative. Arriving out of a birth canal with a paintbrush and easel.
Scratch that. You ARE born creative. EVERYONE is born creative. Because it’s a basic human necessity. Being curious is creativity. Learning how to walk is an act of creativity. Having a problem and learning to solve it is creativity.
As we grow, we become people who enjoy different things. Have different experiences. We’re nurtured–or maybe not–to pursue things that bring our hearts joy.
Maybe there was no money to allow you time and resources as a child to experience and express creativity and instead you’re left to figure it out on your own.
Maybe when you presented a drawing to your parents they had a reaction that left you feeling ashamed for pursuing something that they deemed frivolous or inappropriate in one way or another for your gender or future success.
But no one is born without the ability to think creatively. To express creatively.
I know a lot of people who think they’re just not ‘creative.’ And I know a lot of people who refuse to THINK creatively- instead working to bend the world to their mindset rather than get results, solve problems, make money using their mindset. Finding another way. Trying and trying again.
The good news is that YES you can learn how to think creatively. And that’s exactly what we’re teaching at our very first Creative Conversations Conference.
We’re typically familiar with the results of creativity- painting, art, architecture, design, music, etc. And sometimes people believe incorrectly that those people are born a certain way- with a certain gift. And maybe that’s partially true. But it’s not the entire story.
Usually people excel at things that they love. Things they enjoy. Things that produce victories and wins. That’s a method not magic.
Do things you enjoy, get positive feedback (from either yourself or others), see that there is an upside to the process of creation. But if you don’t learn this early, learning new (and creative) things becomes scary or anxiety-inducing rather than a practice that WILL yield results.
Furthermore, creation is the act of thinking from your heart. From truly connecting to it.
The people who claim they have writers block or blank-page syndrome are just not allowing themselves to think clearly. From their hearts.
When you think, you feel. That’s how it works.
And when you think, “Oh my gosh I’m so bad at this,” you’re going to feel terrible.
When you think “Ok, let’s try this, I’m nervous but excited!” you’re going to feel something different. All of this will be different for different people. But the truth of the matter is that you are able to decide what you think, in order to decide how you want to feel, in order to decide what results you want.
It’s that easy.
And it’s that hard.
It takes practice, and awareness. And the belief in yourself that you CAN question your own thinking, thus opening up an entire world to yourself.