Have you ever said, “Oh, I’m not creative?” If you have said this, it’s probably because you have been conditioned to believe that you aren’t “creative” enough to make a living at it. When you started working in creative areas as a child, you didn’t have the talent to measure up to other kids in your class, so you were discouraged from doing creative things. Maybe you didn’t have the body type to be a professional dancer, or the manual dexterity to paint in the style of fine artists, or the ability to carry a note. This doesn’t mean you aren’t creative. It just means that our society values productivity over personal expression and self-actualization.
You Are Creative
If you have ever solved a problem, you are creative. Creativity isn’t just related to the arts. It’s a part of life, of your life, particularly. If you have ever figured out what word goes in a crossword puzzle, or how to ride a bike, or learned a new skill, you created something in your life that wasn’t there before. You have been creative. If you have children, you are professionally creative – aside from the pun, you’ve had to keep them entertained and engaged (unless you’ve just put a screen in front of them and hoped they wouldn’t cry when they were hungry). Look back at your life and find the skills you have gained; it is there that you will find your capacity for creativity.
Believing You’re Creative
If you want to become more creative, you have to believe you can become more creative. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle. Once you believe that you can, you will be able to. However, being creative is a part of your birthright. It is a part of your humanity. Schools, fear, and other people, even some who were well-meaning, have taken it away from you because creativity leads to change, and change is scary, hard to control and hard to adapt to. Change takes effort; it’s easier to deal with the status quo, so if people can keep creativity to a minimum, they won’t have to deal with so much change. But humanity needs your creativity, especially your positive creativity. Becoming more creative will allow the people in your circle to also be more creative.
Still Don’t Believe You’re Creative?
If you still don’t believe your creative, I’ve designed a series of videos to help you remember. We start with drawing. You may think you can’t draw, but if you remember back to childhood, you probably had times where you drew houses, pictures of your family, and flowers and suns with faces. You really only need to know six shapes to draw anything, and I’ve broken them down into seven videos. The third one will be released today. Join our Patreon and remember how to draw. Once you remember that you can draw, you’ll believe you can be more creative.
Need More Creativity
If you’d like to learn more about becoming more creative, subscribe to this blog. You can also check out my books: “Disneyland Is Creativity,” “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” and “Penguinate! Positive Creativity.” Creativity is one part of our humanity; let’s harness it together for a better life for you and the world. And you’ll never say “I’m not creative” again.