By now, many of you have set your goals or intentions for the new year. Perhaps you’ve laid out some plans, or made a list of resolutions. Maybe you’ve written a list of steps to take to help reach some of your goals. Some of you are already on your way to succeeding yet others may be struggling, or even failing, and are wondering, “what’s wrong with me?”
Maybe it’s the cold, dreary weather that makes you lethargic. Perhaps it’s a lack of motivation overall, , and you are struggling to keep promises to yourself. Maybe you have had personal setbacks, lack of direction, time, money, or resources. Nothing is coming to you, and your creative thinking just isn’t showing up.
Many people push through, power on, and find a way to keep going by using coaches or mentors, finding new support and adjusting their plans; and that determination and support is useful. But you must also find your inner motivation, re-spark your creative thinking and find a way to source the answers from within.
When I attended my first life coaching training in 2003, one of the first things I learned is that everyone is “creative, resourceful and whole, and they have their answers inside themselves.” I understood people were fully capable of finding solutions, but what I did not recognize at the time is how powerful and provocative tapping into one’s creative source can be.
Finding a creative outlet or taking up a hobby usually happens when there is extra time, money, and resources. Participating in an occasional art class, redoing your home, taking photographs, or dabbling in some out-of-the-ordinary projects at work are secondary to life’s bigger demands of work, family, and other obligations. Unfortunately, that means creative pursuits are not prioritized and do not hold much importance.
Others hold a dream, or are working toward being an artist, designer, innovator, director, writer, or trendsetter as a career. Many of these creative types have a natural inclination or talent, are educated or trained in one or many specialties, and are paid for their products and services. They continually engage in their artistry.
A final perspective on creativity lies somewhere in the middle, where it is part of everyday life and work, whether it is inventing new approaches to the current way of doing things or prioritizing at least one artistic endeavor because of the enjoyment it brings. No matter where people fall on the originality scale, I believe everyone can reap enormous benefit from finding their own creative identity, which is fundamental to being able to tap into passion, joy, and deep satisfaction. It only takes courageous confidence to move forward.
So, where do you start? What does it take to awaken the dormant, creative soul?
As you consider your own creative talents, it is important to give some thought to how you tap into your own resourcefulness. The following questions are designed to stimulate your thinking about what ignites your passion and how your interactions in the world affect what you create.
- From where do you get your inspiration and ideas?
- What unique skills do you have that directly support your creativity? Name at least three.
- What experiences make you feel most alive? List your passions.
- Think about when you are being your most creative…now describe your surroundings.
- Do you have any “rituals” that prepare you for your project?
- When is the best time of day for you to create?
- Who supports your creativity? Do you have creative collaborators?
- What distractions exist in your life that keeps you from being your most inspired self? List the things you do instead of creating.
- How do you motivate yourself to get started on (or finish) a project?
When you begin to recognize the things in your life that inspire you, you will begin to move more rapidly toward those things and create a synergy that allows your creativity to remain ever-present, alluringly alive, and permissively playful. There is an artist inside of you, and you only need to excavate the truest form of your own creativity. Perhaps by bringing your creative self to your tasks and intentions, you will be able to better achieve your goals and dreams.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Albert Einstein said, I invite you to go on an inventive quest to learn about your creative self, and then pursue the ingenious things that make you happy.
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Jennifer Blair is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.