“The use of imagination or original ideas to create something”
Yes. I strongly believe that everybody is creative in some way, but for various reasons, some people wouldn’t class themselves as creative. Why is this?
I would say that it comes down to mindset. Some people believe that being creative is about being able to draw or design something- like an actual art form – when in fact, we exhibit some form of creativity on a daily basis. From when you’re cooking dinner with leftovers, making a birthday present, putting your outfits together, or coming up with funny jokes. Creativity is all around us and we all use this ability, yet some still wouldn’t call themselves creative.
Another reason could be because creativity is discouraged as we grow up? Academic subjects are focused on a lot more by schools than creative subjects, this could cause people to grow up thinking that being creative or having a creative job won’t make you as successful than an academic job would. With this, some believe schools can kill creativity.
“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” – Picasso
“Creativity is a combination of discipline and a childlike spirit.” – Robert Greene
There are a couple of other factors that can kill our creativity, these are conformity and stress.
Stress is an obvious one, as we know that when we’re under stress it is hard to focus, therefore blocking our creative mind from flowing.
Conformity is an interesting one, when we conform we are following standards, rules and laws. To conform could be because we want to fit in and be accepted because we fear rejection or even because we lack knowledge. If we take fashion trends for example, it’s a given that many people will follow trends and add to their wardrobe to fit the trends BUT you’re able to show creativity even through the conformity, you can do this by taking a trend and adapting it to your own personal style. Just because a certain trend has become fashionable, doesn’t mean you have to follow the ‘rules’ with how to wear it. Get creative with it, don’t be afraid to steer away from the trend and experiment. I believe there are no rules in fashion.
Check out this link for a short blog I wrote on fashion ‘rules’
“Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone.”
“Curiosity will lead you to creativity.”
Points To Consider.
So I have addressed why people may not feel like they’re creative, but what can we do to push our creativity? Or better yet, help those of you to realise that you can actually be creative! Well…
1. Learn through collaboration.
Go onto google, open some books, or talk to some experts. Expand your knowledge on the subject that you’re interested in, learning more about the subject will open your mind to new ideas. Or even collaborate with like-minded creatives. Find another photographer or artist, get together and bounce ideas off each other, have a chat and see what you can learn!
2. Do something you love.
This one is obvious, if you’re doing something you love, you’ll find it a lot easier to be creative as you have a passion for it. Don’t try and force something if your heart isn’t truly there. This relates back to conformity, don’t follow others because you think it’ll mean you’re ‘accepted’ and doing what’s right. Move away and follow what you love. Find something new.
3. Set the right mood.
If you’re struggling to write, paint or whatever it is that you’re trying to be creative in – set the mood right, light some candles, put some music on, or do whatever it is that will relax you. This can help to motivate you, calm you and even inspire you.
4. Ask for advice and feedback.
Don’t be afraid to create something and then ask a couple of different people; Family, strangers, friends or work colleagues, for their honest opinion. Take all feedback as constructive but remember that not everyone likes the same things, so take parts of each person’s feedback and add it with your own opinions and recreate something from all of this.
Also, ask for advice if you’re stuck. Talking and discussing is so beneficial, everyone sees different things and everyone you talk to can help give different bits of advice to help you out.
If you’re aware of someone achieving what you want to be achieving, do not be afraid to talk to them it doesn’t matter how successful they are, drop them a message and see what could come from it. Just because someone is successful doesn’t mean they’re not willing to help others. People also really appreciate acknowledgement and gratitude.
You could also have a conversation with a child, this might sound crazy but we know how amazing a child’s mind is when it comes down to imagination. Why should their creative mind be regarded any less than an adults? If they come up with something you deem as ‘silly’ then read my next point!
5. Pick a terrible idea.
I love this point. You basically want to make a list of what you would describe as ‘terrible ideas’. Then one by one, find the best features within each of these ideas and voila, you’ll come out with some creative ideas instead! This really helps to challenge and stretch your creative mind, it can also be very rewarding.
6. Make notes when you daydream.
Always have something nearby to write ideas down as they come into your head, we all know how frustrating it is when you come up with an amazing idea but an hour later it’s completely forgotten. Carry a notebook and pen or create an ideas notes folder on your phone, write everything down even if it’s just a single word because even one single word can spark an idea.
6. Be open and try new things.
Maybe you feel really stuck in one form of creative field, so why not have a go at a different one? You’ll never know what you’re good at until you try different things, you might even surprise yourself! Also, try combining a few different fields together and see what you can create.
7. A few final points.
- Go for a walk
- Eat healthily
- Create a mood board
- Develop a morning routine
- Never stop learning
- Creativity is problem-solving (‘problems’ are something we tackle daily, next time see if you can see how you’ve been creative to solve the problem)
- Time – Give some time for creativity. When we say that we ‘have no time’ we are asking for there to be no time (Law of Attraction). Obviously, every-bodies lives are different some busier than others. Analyse where you’re spending your time and where you could be spending it on something creative instead.
These are a few extra things to consider. They can clear your mind, feed your mind or set you up for being creative.
A little while ago I put a poll and a couple of questions out on Instagram. Here are my results.
Do you think you’re a creative person?
It’s amazing to see that sooo many more people do in fact think they’re creative, yet there is still a fair amount of people who don’t. So I followed this poll with two questions…
What is creativity to you?
I wish I could be more creative with..
I removed everyone’s photos and handles as I stated it would be posted anonymously.
It’s really interesting to see which route people go down when faced with these questions. One of my favourite responses to the first question is about expressing yourself through creating, a few people wrote this. Creating to express yourself is one of the main points that comes to mind when I think about creating. Expressive creating is amazing, you’re able to showcase your personality, have fun, inspire others and get recognised doing something that is you.
Instagram and Creativity.
I love Instagram for its ability to connect you with like-minded, knowledgeable and inspirational people but also because it can be used as a creative outlet, whether that’s through the way you lay-out your posts, your stories or even just the actual content that you’re posting.
With this heighten in social media – especially Instagram, ‘influencers’ have become a massive thing, we are now seeing that they have more of an impact on us consumers than ads or even celebrities, mostly because they’re ‘more like us’. In saying this, I believe that in some way shape or form, everybody should see themselves as an influencer because even without directly knowing, you could probably be influencing someone. You may not know that you influence someone because we’re still learning to show gratitude towards others, especially towards those who look like they’re achieving the most.
Other than being creative and showcasing it, I wish to inspire others, I don’t necessarily have one single desire for inspiring, in fact I want to be able to inspire you through many different subjects for example fashion, photography, health and travel.
But from this blog post in particular. I want to inspire you to get creative, inspire others and show gratitude towards others, be it people you know or strangers.