When George* came to see me, he said he felt caught between two masters, his career and his passion. Can you relate?
Asked why his career wasn’t his passion, George said his job as a business manager for a high-end establishment paid super well though the hours were long and his clientage was hard to deal with sometimes. As for what he believed was his true passion, he said he had put it on the back burner (for many years) because he thought he was ‘out of’ creative ideas and had ‘exhausted’ all his resources. Listening to him talk, it was clear to me George had failed to tap into his hidden creativity.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you could do much better?
After his work shift, George confessed he often went out. He said he needed to unwind at night and he did this with a bunch of his buddies; together, they went out for drinks at a local pub. Asked how many hours a week he spent working his passion, he looked away, quiet for a moment, then turned toward me and said things like ‘I can’t!’ … ‘No point!’ … ‘I can’t think of anything good!’ …
Can you imagine what it feels like to excuse your hidden creativity?
Perhaps feeling himself caught, George revealed how he had composed several works over the years, but somehow had deemed all ‘sub-par’ … not’ good enough’ … ‘missing something’ …
What would your life be life if you were tapping into your hidden creativity?
George laughed a belly laugh, his head tilted backward, his chest opening up. ‘O me goodness,’ he said, ‘it’d be wonderful!’ He then told me tales of moving to other countries to work with people he considered masters at their craft.
So I asked George…
What do you believe happened to your hidden creativity?
George looked at me, his mouth open. He cocked his head to one side, then the other, trying to grasp what I was conveying to him, that he was already fully creative and all he needed to do what to believe it and tap into it.
Let me ask you…
Why are we afraid of our creativity?
Why do we prefer saying ‘I can’t!’ instead of tapping into our hidden creativity?
I believe the answer is, because we think it will be better.
Is it though? How was George constantly being afraid of his hidden creativity ever going to advance his dream of composing works that will be remembered for decades to come?
Clearly, being afraid of our creativity does Not work.
With this in mind…
How do things become better?
I believe, things become better when we focus on
becoming self-aware. ‘In what areas in my life am I hiding my creativity?’
becoming intentional. ‘What can I do right now to experience my hidden creativity?’
becoming accountable. ‘How can I hold myself accountable so I tap into my hidden creativity?’
I could certainly relate to George. I used to say blogging was ‘not’ for me because I had ‘nothing’ to say. I have since published hundreds of blogs in the last three years alone.
Here are some rock solid tips to assist you who may want to tap into your hidden creativity:
Repurpose. I asked George if he had ever composed anything as a kid and he said yes. I asked him to bring it to our next coaching session. George cried when he realized how talented he had been as a child. He has since incorporated his childhood work into his current creative work. Repurposing means to find new creative solutions to old problems.
Drop what you consider your ‘best’. Have you ever noticed how we stop looking for solutions when we tell ourselves or others ‘I did my best!’ Know that what we consider our ‘best’ is often only what we see in that moment, it is never the full picture. Your hidden creativity is found passed your ‘best’.
Rock yourself around the clock. What this means is, we are never most creative at what we might consider as our ‘optimal’ time. For example, I used to think my ‘best’ work was done in the morning only to discover it is actually done around 10:00 pm. Therefore, experiment with creativity at different times of the day and keep at it, especially when tired. Why? Because when we are too tired to fight our creativity, we just end up doing it!
Expand, expand, expand! Your hidden creativity is where you are Not currently looking; otherwise, it would have already revealed itself to you, makes sense? Therefore, expand your horizons. For example, perhaps take a cooking class if you want to learn how to build texture and nuances in your paintings. Why? Mixing spices is about learning nuances in taste and how food aliments are prepared is about building texture gradually into a dish. Your hidden creativity is closer than you think.
Have an accountability system/person in place. Though many of us say we ‘know’ saying ‘I can’t’ gets nowhere great, however, we become more conscious of our words and actions when another person assists us in tapping into our hidden greatness.
Now imagine somebody has just read these tips…
What do you believe will be their greatest challenge?
Before he came to see me, George was collecting ‘dust’ on his hidden creativity. Though he intended to get back to his passion work, he lacked a solid accountability system. This is why as soon as he thought he could ‘not’ get an idea, he simply went back the familiar, unwinding at the pub with his buddies.
My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients into tapping their hidden creativity, so like George, they get to become genuinely curious about the creativity that lays dormant within them.
For coaching inquiries, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a free 15 minutes E.I. Coaching session where I assist you discover what it is you really want. To book your session, follow the easy instructions here https://meetme.so/AnneBeaulieu
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