I’ve heard so many people over the years say, “I’m not creative.”
Ironically, it is the people who have the most creative spark and potential that utter these words. While it may be true that they are not practicing creativity, it is completely false that they are not creative. Usually, they’ve just suppressed this part of themselves.
I believe everyone has the capacity to be creative. It’s a natural part of our cognitive functioning. However, our creative juices require active exercising and usage in order to be active.
No matter how uncreative you think you are, it is possible for you to strengthen your creativity. But first, you must be aware of the things that prevent you from being as creative as you can be.
3 Fears that Suppress Your Creativity
1. Fear of judgement.
Creativity comes from us expressing our individuality. To avoid being judged for who we really are, we usually put our individuality aside and just do whatever is necessary to fit in.
Living according to the status quo is the fastest way to kill our creativity. If you want to get your creative juices flowing, stop being afraid to be you, the real you. People may judge you, but in the long run, they’ll have much more respect for your courage to be you. The bonus is you’ll give others the courage to do the same.
2. Fear of rejection.
Deep down, we all want to be accepted. We thrive off of the approval of our peers. So we don’t want to rock the boat or seem different. However, the essence of creativity is innovation and difference. We must develop the inner strength to face rejection with a light heart and not let it affect who we decide to be.
3. Fear of making mistakes.
I blame school for this one. Usually somewhere in our lives, we were taught by teachers, parents, and authority figures that it’s not ok to make mistakes. In fact, school trains us to make minimal mistakes in order to get the “good” grades. This is absolutely ridiculous. We must make mistakes in order to innovate. Mistakes teach us and guide us into the right direction. The most successful and creative people in the world make A LOT of mistakes. When asked about all of the times he failed to create the light bulb, Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Jane Fonda said, “We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.” Don’t strive for perfection. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and mix things up a bit.
Are you interested in building your creative confidence? Check out this Tedtalk video by David Kelley. In this video, he reminds us that we are all naturally creative. By learning to remove the blocks of creativity, you feel more empowered to create ideas and projects, but also creative life on your own terms.
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