What does creativity mean to you, like most, an artist would come to mind? But creativity can manifest in your life in different ways. I started out in life believing I would be an Artist, but I adjusted my sails to find ways to work creatively outside the art world. I worked in Events, Marketing, Sales, and eventually my home Development which required me to be creative in different, from working with people, to developing strategies. My art took a back foot in my life, and was sporadically practiced until a couple years ago, when I started to practice my art more regularly, but the general feeling was that it was a pass time. Especially since it had no connection to my day job, of facilitating learning and development projects.
This year Art was at the for front, it was my solace and growth. I managed from come a space where I hadn’t shared my art with anyone outside my family and close friend, to selling art and getting my first commission! By making my Art a priority, new opportunities opened for me that allowed me to take my skills into a whole new and creative space bringing the different worlds together.
What this has taught me, is that creativity is far more than just creating art or being an artist, it can take different shapes in your life, and if your lucky and follow your creative instincts, you can move into a new and exciting space, beyond what you could have imagined… Although I may have never fully committed or even recognised my artistry, I realised that I always leant on my Art & creativity to get me through transitions in my life and how creativity can impact us subconsciously. Unlock your creativity allows you to harness the power of creative expression.
Top Tips to unlock your creativity….even if you’re not an Artist!
List your skills and interests
Find a way to do what you love using the skills that you enjoy using. By finding clarity around what you care about and how you would like to work will not only help you find direction, but also purpose. If you haven’t tried it, have a go at completing an Ikagai. A great exercise to help you identify your purpose.
Daydream or Visualise
You may have been told off for it as a child, but daydreaming can be where the unconscious magic resides. It’s the space with no limitations and space for imagination. Whether its finding moments of quiet to really think about what you want, or maybe creating a visual tool like a Vision board. Scrolling online FOMO’ing doesn’t count, in fact you should disconnect!
Its very easy to get overwhelmed with a big project or idea when it comes down to making it work. You may have some great ideas, but have trouble getting them going. Start with a small goal that contributes to the bigger picture, but with no expectation of the outcome. If you are at a transition point in your life, identify a skill or knowledge you need to develop and what you could do to gain experience in that area.
Find your optimum time
Some people are early birds, and others are vampires! Although most of us are homebound, we still need some form of structure, that allows us to best utilise our energy. You might find that you are more productive in the afternoon, but creative in the morning, find what works for you, but be sure to carve out some time, even if it’s just 20min. If you need support managing your time, set alarms and reminders using platforms such as Trello.
Short term reflection can be hard, especially when going through a difficult time, but when we sit back and look at the bigger picture of our own experiences, we truly realise how far we have come. Maybe you like to journal, writing is a great form of expression, and is great to reflect on years later!
Get it done!
There’s nothing less confidence boosting, than starting something and not finishing it. The act of quitting can mar your experience and put you off trying again. Completing a task not only keeps your hands and your mind busy, but also boasts your confidence when approaching bigger tasks. Making sure that the tasks are relevant to your bigger goals, means that you’re slowly building your knowledge and expertise.