Creativity is fun. It’s that place within where we thrive.
Like a lawyer trying to reach an agreement between two opponents, Cindy wanted to make peace between her want for perfection and her desire to tap into her hidden creativity.
Through my talking with her, I discovered that Cindy had been taught from a very young age to draw things a certain way.
For example, when asked to draw a face, Cindy drew a round circle and then added two dots for the eyes, arched eyebrows, and a flat line for a mouth.
Cindy shared with me how she believed her hidden creativity was like a gift that she refused to open because she was afraid of what she might find inside.
Can you imagine what it feels like to be afraid of one’s potential?
Cindy wanted to tap into her hidden creativity and that was the reason she was coming to see me.
We started talking about what would happen if she tapped into her hidden creativity. Cindy laughed the way a little girl does. She said she would draw, draw, and draw until she had drawn all the colours in the rainbow.
When I asked her what was in it for her to keep her hidden creativity blocked by her desire for perfection, she stopped laughing and said, “But there’s only one way to draw things. If they’re not drawn that way, then it’s not perfect.”
I took a white piece of paper and I asked her to pick one animal. Cindy chose a monkey.
I gave her 30 seconds to draw a monkey. Right away, her mouth became tighter, her eyes like drilling holes in the paper, and she drew a monkey with zero laughter heard out loud.
Asked afterwards if she liked her monkey, she flatly said no. She claimed she needed more time to draw it perfectly.
I then gave her 20 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 5 seconds, then 3 seconds… each time she was to draw a monkey, faster and faster.
Before long, she was laughing, her eyes lighting up, with her pen flying across the paper as she said, “This was fun!” Creativity is fun.
I asked her what makes creativity fun and Cindy instantly answered, “I don’t have to think.”
What do you believe happen when we choose to tap into our hidden creativity?
On this note,
How do we access our hidden creativity?
I believe, we access our creativity when we focus on
becoming child-like. ‘How many fun ways can I draw a monkey?’
becoming intentionally creative. ‘What kind monkey can I draw in 10 seconds?’
becoming accountable. ‘What can I do to ensure I keep away from what I think is the only ‘perfect’ monkey?’
If you’d like to know more ways of tapping into your hidden creativity, here are three (3) more tips:
Research new ways of doing things. When a brain is confronted with various different ways of doing things (like drawing a monkey), we usually become less rigid in our thinking as we expand our horizons. For example, my client laughed heartily when I drew her a monkey that looked to her more like a cat (Well, I did add whiskers for good measure).
Focus on becoming more spontaneous. Have you ever noticed our most spontaneous gestures that come from our heart are the most well received, not only by ourselves, but also from others? Heart spontaneity is like water bubbles with creative monkey faces on them.
Have an accountability system/person in place. Though many of us say we ‘know’ to never let anything block our creativity, however, we become more conscious of our words and actions when another person holds us accountable when we start getting afraid of our hidden creativity.
Now imagine somebody has just read these tips,
What do you believe will be their greatest challenge?
My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients in unleashing their hidden creativity in all areas of their life, business and personal. Connect with me at https://walkinginside.com/contact-us/
Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,