Creating may often include anxiety and other sorts of fear. We need to develop courage and learn how to deal with these feelings to be more fully creative.
One idea from Eric Maisel: “All day long we’re supposed to get things right: pay our bills, pick up our kids, and so on. It is very hard to move from this everyday mindset to a creative mindset where huge mistakes and messes are permitted and even welcomed."
Are you feeling held back from your creative dreams? - "When she came to the program, Kellie Jo didn’t have any idea what she wanted to do… but by the time she completed it, she had direction and momentum.
"She came up with a useful list of what she really enjoys doing and a revealing list of what, deep inside, she always dreamed of accomplishing. Even more important, she outlined a plan of action that would put to use the whole gamut of her interests, talents, and dreams."
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A little blatant self-promotion: This is a new cover I made for my main book: "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression."
One of the quotes on the front page of the book site: “If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.” - Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
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Creativity coach Eric Maisel provides in an online course real answers to challenges that confront you as an artist, both personally and in the marketplace.
On living a creative life: "Get a clear picture of what it takes to deal with the emotional ups and downs and practical realities of a life in the arts. Learn how to make solid sense of the challenges of your own personality, the challenges inherent in the work of creating, and the challenges of culture and marketplace." [Photo: glass artist Ginny Ruffner]
How much we develop creative talents is impacted by many things. And some people - successful in other areas - feel a deep frustration if they don't create.
Psychologist Eric Maisel notes that for creative people, not creating can lead to depression.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” - That quote (attributed to both Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso) is most likely about the process of creating a piece of work – but what about abandoning even the attempt to create something: a painting, novel, smart phone app, new business, or anything substantial?
Of course there are conditions – such as extreme poverty, physical and mental ailments, living as a refugee – that affect how much opportunity people have to do work of various kinds, including creative expression.
And what if your talents and intelligence have gained success for you in an area that is not particularly creative, but still, deep down, you have a passion to create?
“The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.” - Kurt Vonnegut
Do you often suffer from the fear of failure and anxiety which affects your performance for practical examinations, tests or public performance activities?
In this Creativeflowevolution video/blog post I reveal a visualization strategy which my mum taught me (when I was a teenager) to help me finally pass my driving test.
I have since refined this tool over the years to help me gain the strength and confidence for any public performance activity ~ for example boosting my confidence to perform better with examinations, speaking presentations and musical gigs with my band.
So I would like to have the opportunity to share with you this process. If you also subscribe to my website you can also get a free MP3 audio & mindmap for this powerful strategy.
Please share with anyone you feel will benefit from this process.
Psychologists and creativity experts think curiosity is a fundamental aspect of facilitating creativity.
Psychologist Todd Kashdan says, “Curiosity has been neglected, even though there are few things in our arsenal that are so consistently and highly related to every facet of well-being — to needs for belonging, for meaning, for confidence, for autonomy, for spirituality, for achievement, for creativity.”
A personality trait that may often accompany high sensitivity (experienced by many, or most, creative people) is high intensity.
Nicole Kidman gave a nice description of what many other actors and other artists experience: “You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times. And yet...you’re consciously and unconsciously allowing that to happen."
Psychologist Eric Maisel says that ‘smart’ people often experience challenges with personality and a racing brain that "may be flowing directly from your natural endowment.”
Many multitalented people are accomplished and active – even exceptional – in more than one area of creative expression.
Margaret Lobenstine writes in her book “The Renaissance Soul” about people – often gifted and talented – whose main career choice is “Please don’t make me choose!” and whose underlying passion is to “constantly redefine our passions.”
"Are young Americans losing their creativity? Research in recent years has suggested just that, seeming to show that they're less creative now in decades past--despite the fact that intelligence, as measured by IQ tests, continues to rise. Now, though, researchers have discovered that the dynamics of creativity may not break down as simply as that."
Beliefs can be casual thoughts, but also ingrained attitudes about life and abilities, and affect how much we develop creativity and pursue other interests.
Stephen King recalls his high school teacher’s critique of his writing: “Why write junk like this… You’re talented. Why do you want to waste your abilities?” King goes on to admit [in his book "On Writing"]: “I have spent a good many years since — too many, I think — being ashamed about what I write."
Author David Burkus addresses many of the myths of creativity, which often get in the way of personal creative work, and business innovation.
"We say we want more creativity, but when we are presented with new ideas, we have a hard time recognizing their utility. This is something I see in almost all organizations.”
Douglas Eby's insight:
In an audio clip in this article, psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, host of The Science of Thriving conference http://bit.ly/19YUD7T interviews David Burkus, who talks about the "Eureka" myth of creative inspiration, and about incubation. See his book The Myths of Creativity http://buff.ly/H6r1fr - and hear more audio clips in post: Thriving In Work and Life: An Online Conference http://buff.ly/1a3K9m1
Author and consultant Michael Gelb provides strategies for enhancing creative thinking, based on Edison and Da Vinci as well as research.
Gelb comments, “Thomas Edison is the best example for those who wish to nurture the spirit of innovation in an organization. More than the light bulb, phonograph and motion picture camera, Edison’s greatest invention was the process of systematic innovation."