Updated: Nov 12, 2019
I can't tell you how many times people have said to me that they wish they were creative. That's not a figure of speech either. I literally couldn't tell you because it's happened so much!
Why do I bring this up? Because it's a crock of shit. The reality is that we all have creative juices pumping through our veins. A lot of people just aren't aware of this.
I believe the reason some people aren't aware of their underlying potential is because they have preconceived ideas of what it means to be creative. Creativity doesn't just come in the form of drawing or making music. Creativity is a vital part of life and something a lot of people engage in unconsciously.
What do you think you're doing when you're trying to come up with a solution for a problem on the job? Or how about when you're cooking and realize that you're missing a couple ingredients so you decide to improvise? That's all creative energy taking control!
Now those things may seem mundane, but that's the point. Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes.
What are you really good at? Don't be shy. We're all gifted in multiple ways. Maybe you're not creating the next viral piece of street art or writing a sci-fi novel, but I know there's something creative in you.
Perhaps you're a funny person. You know, the kind of person who always has a sharp comeback or a pun lined up? Or maybe you're a talented salesperson. No matter what, you can always close the deal because you know how to connect with people and use the right language. Not everyone can do that.
Not only that, you might have an amazing talent that you're completely overlooking because you've never taken out the time to explore your creative side. Is there something you've been dreaming of doing but you've never taken the plunge? Maybe it's dancing or taking a cooking class. Whatever it is, there's a reason why you are drawn to it.
Unfortunately, it's hard to realize your full potential when you consistently deny possessing any creativity at all. That's why you have to stop telling yourself that you're not creative. Stop letting fear and anxiety determine what you are capable of. Instead, start noticing when your mind is in creative mode and embrace it. If there's something you want to do then by golly go do it!
But please stop buying into the false idea that creative expression is only reserved for a select few. We all have our own special gifts that no one else can replicate. Don't waste another day letting your own special brand of uniqueness go to waste.