I am an artist. At least I like to call myself an artist. Although I’m probably more of a crafter, I like the sound of “artist” better.
However, sometimes when I refer to myself as an artist, I feel like a fraud. Who am I to think I’m an artist?
But in reality, we are all artists. While you may not paint or sculpt or write poetry or perform on a stage, you are still a creator of your life. And you are creative in many ways that you may never think about.
Have you raised good kids? Did you ever solve problems or initiate new programs at your job? Have you ever figured out how to put something together in spite of the directions provided? How many times did you plan fun, rainy day activities for your little ones? Have you planned and prepared nice meals for your family or friends, even once in awhile?
All of these things, and many more activities that you do on a daily basis, require a creative mind. We just don’t always give ourselves credit for being creative.
If you want to bring more creativity into your life (or into your art or your work), here are some ways to do it.
1. Take a risk. It’s often hard to get out of your comfort zone and do something different. So if risk-taking frightens you, start with something small and not too intimidating. After you take one risk and succeed, you will be willing to take more risks.
2. Look to others for inspiration. While you don’t want to copy what others do, it’s often helpful to take ideas from others and tweak them to make them your own. Pinterest is an amazing source for all kinds of ideas.
3. Do something different. This forces us–in a good way–to see things differently. Take a different route to work. Read books or magazines or watch movies of a different genre than what you usually enjoy. Invite someone you don’t know well to lunch. Switch up your daily routine, both at home and at work. Go to places you’ve never been…cities, restaurants, galleries, shops.
4. Journal. This is a great way to get things out of your head to clear your thinking and make room for fresh, new ideas to come into your life. You can write in any kind of blank book or on the computer or mobile device. Don’t censor what you write; just write anything and everything that’s on your mind.
5. Identify what feeds your soul. When you’re feeding your soul, you are automatically living a creative life. Ask yourself on a regular basis what nourishes you and makes you come alive. Then do those things…often.
Taking a risk and getting out of your comfort zone is often the hardest thing to do. If that’s true with you, let’s talk. Contact me here to schedule your free 20-minute strategy session.