Funny thing, creativity. If you’re in a creative kind of job you depend on it to show up for you every single day, yet it seems that the more you try to force creativity back, the more you distance yourself from it..
Is it possible though to be able to assert your creativity, call upon it, and tempt it to reveal itself as you please?
We’re not machines; we have good days and bad days and our emotions and moods can get the best of us. The hard lessons learned from past experiences stick with us making things that much more complicated. You carry a lot on your shoulders every day and some of the things in your baggage are bound to interfere with creativity, after all creativity feeds off of your emotions.
Sometimes, getting into the habit of having certain rituals seems to help tremendously. And yet still, even with a set of guidelines that a routine provides for, creativity fails to appear.
If you are struggling with creative blocks and yet you need your creativity for a project or job not all is lost, there are some things that you can do to entice it and help it reveal itself.
Sometimes, people look to find their creativity outside of themselves despite the fact that creativity can only be summoned from within.
Start by doing nothing, despite how counter-intuitive that might sound. Doing nothing means allowing yourself the pressure free time and space that creativity requires (call it meditation, introspection or whatever you please). The more you think about your particular problem (which also engages your negative emotions) the more you move into a place of desperation rather than a creative one. As you are “doing nothing” you are in fact creating a blank slate state, free of expectations, on which creativity can be brought forth and explored.
You don’t have to spend endless hours doing this; start with 15 minutes to allow your mind to wonder and notice your thoughts (including the ones about your concerns) without actually engaging with them, trying to reason with them or become defensive.
Do something creative
With a little bit of clarity gained from “doing nothing” you can move into a creative activity such as writing, drawing, photographing or whatever else you prefer. This is not a time to work on that project filled with expectations that got you stuck to begin with. Instead, the purpose of doing something (anything) creative at this point is to help you connect with your creativity and move into a creative space. The amount of time you spend doing something creative is not important; instead, it is the willingness to allow yourself to be open to any creative endeavor without the pressures that your creative job/project may impose.
It helps to remember that many times, it is ourselves (our thoughts, emotions) that keep creativity stuck at bay. Only by working from the inside out can you break the chains and move yourself closer to creativity rather than attempting to force it to come to you.