Do you feel, or even know, that you’re a creative person?
I’ve been observing some very creative people recently and I’m noticing a problem that we need to pay attention to.
Creativity is a very powerful energy that needs to go somewhere. That means it needs to be used to create something real. And then it needs to be shared.
It’s not just the ability to have good ideas or imagine amazing things. It’s the ability to create them all the way into reality. This could apply to creating a business, product, service, system, work of art, family, project or something else.
Of course, you don’t have to do it all yourself. Your only true responsibility, as a creative person, is to ensure that your idea turns into something real that can be shared in some way with others. If you need other people to help you do that, it’s all part of the creative process.
The problem I’ve noticed is how unfocused many creative people are. They have this powerful energy and instead of channelling it into making and sharing things they scatter it all over the place.
Here are some of the patterns I’ve seen:
- Having ideas for other people, when your ideas are never going to turn into anything.
- Having your own ideas all the time (about anything) that aren’t going anywhere.
- Dreaming a better future for all or part of humanity but feeling unable to make any significant impact to create that future.
It looks like a good thing to have so many amazing ideas, but I can tell you from personal experience, that it leads to deep frustration and disappointment if those ideas don’t turn into something real that has a positive impact on the wider world.
I believe there are several sources of this issue.
- You don’t have the skill or ability to create what you imagine.
- You don’t have the resources to create what you dream of.
- You don’t have the discipline to finish what you start.
- You don’t have enough money to be able to concentrate on being creative.
- You don’t have enough confidence to trust your idea is worth making.
- You don’t have a support system to help you when it gets hard.
The thing is that if you don’t fulfil your creativity you end up feeling like you lost a part of yourself. Then you look to other people to validate your value in the world. You feel more and more dependent on approval from others, which will never satisfy you.
You need to create your thing all the way, and share it.
It can be hard. Sometimes everything inside you is screaming that you can’t do it. These are the times when you waste your energy by having more and more ideas instead of getting through the barrier to the next stage.
There is a deep satisfaction that emerges slowly, over time, when you stick to your thing all the way. There are many challenges you will need to rise to along the way.
You may need to:
- Learn new skills and develop new abilities, eg. how to make things, how to do business, how to communicate better, how to sell stuff, how to work with others, how to manage your time, and that’s just the beginning. These are big life skills.
- Find all the resources you need to help you fulfil your dream. This could be materials, people, money, clients, and a lot more. This will be an ongoing requirement.
- Grow your discipline to do what is necessary and not to do what is not necessary. This involves a constantly evolving ability to make wise decisions.
- Figure out how to make enough money to maintain a sensible cash-flow all the time.
- Grow your confidence. This usually comes as you do your work. Every time you solve a problem and create something and share it, your confidence will grow a little.
- Build the support system you need to help you stay on track. This will change at different stages of your life.
This might all sound overwhelming if you’re in the early stages of growing your creativity. If you’re more experienced, there are still parts that can feel extremely difficult or impossible.
The job of a creative person is to create solutions at every stage of the process so you can share your stuff and make a difference to some part of the world.
The satisfaction is so valuable that it’s worth the pain and frustration along the way. To be able to channel your creativity is a beautiful experience.
So if you’re constantly having ideas, for yourself or other people, that aren’t turning into anything, please stop and ask yourself what could you be pouring all that energy into that is important to you and will turn into something real and shareable.
Here are some good questions to ask at this point:
Are you avoiding something in your own creative process?
Is there something ahead of you that feels too difficult for you?
Do you believe you can’t move ahead because you don’t have the resources you need?
Are you being lazy, procrastinating, making excuses, or waiting for the flow?
Do you believe you can’t do the next step because you don’t have enough money?
Are you allowing lack of self-confidence to get in the way of what you need to do next?
Are you experiencing a lack of support?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please use your creativity to solve it.
Remember, creativity is a hugely powerful energy, but it needs channelling into a clear direction. That is where you’ll find your fulfilment.
Don’t scatter your creative energy all over the place. Use it to take you through every challenge on to the next stage.
You are here to make things and share them. What you make is up to you. It might be a business, a project, an object, an experience or something else.
Please bring it all the way into reality and invite some people to benefit from it.
That is channelling your creativity.
See also: Creativity is the Game of the Future