Changing your creative story for the future doesn’t have to be difficult. Start today by doing the smallest thing.
Here’s the story.
Each of us has our own individual story of our lives. Our stories are very different from each other. Often when I guide people to discovering what role creativity plays in their lives, I have them start by looking at their past. While I still maintain this is extremely helpful, some people really do not like it because they wish they had a different story when it comes to creativity. While we can’t change the past, we can change the course of our lives going forward. For today, let’s focus on rewriting your creative story going forward.
You can change the future by deciding what you want and going after it. Sometimes we overcomplicate it, but it’s really as simple as that.
When you are starting something new, it can be discouraging to be bad at something. It can be overwhelming and then you don’t know where to start. I always advise people to do the smallest thing. Often it’s getting started that is the hardest part. What’s the smallest thing you can do to take a step towards reaching your goal?
Is it to:
- decide how you want to practice your creativity?
- sign up for a course/class?
- go to the library and borrowing some books on your chosen creative practice?
- gather the materials you need?
- find a friend and make a creative date?
- Is it to draw for five minutes?
- To write for ten minutes?
- To knit one row of a scarf?
- practice your creativity for just ten minutes?
What’s the smallest thing you can do to get started practicing your creativity? Do that first. That is your jumping off point.
Then, follow through from that first action.
- If you signed up for a course/class – show up and do the work.
- If you bought materials – use them. Don’t let them go to waste.
- If you made a creative date with a friend, don’t cancel.
- If you said you are going to practice your creativity for ten minutes a day – then do ten minutes a day. Don’t feel like you have to do 20 minutes or 30 minutes or more – just do ten minutes a day. You will still get better and make progress by only practicing your creativity for ten minutes a day.
I often hear adults make claims such as:
I wish I was creative.
I’m not as creative as him/her.
I’d like to be creative, but I can’t ___________ (draw, paint, whatever).
We can’t magically go back in time and practice those skills, but if you are unhappy with your creative past you can make a change going forward. So the morale of the today’s story? The story of your creativity is not going to change unless you make a decision to change it and then take the first smallest step.