Getting creative part III

>Continuing our theme on how to get those creative juices going!

First… here’s a quick question:
Have you ever found yourself feeling threatened by another person’s creativity? Be honest now…

If the answer is ‘no, never’ I probably won’t believe you.
Why? Because this awful feeling happens to the best of us. Take me, I’m a graphic designer, and quite often I’d create a masterpiece, only to have it completely taken to the cleaners by the rest of the team. (Change this, change that, move that over.) What to do? How do you stop feeling totally rejected?

In situations such as these, here is something which I’ve found to work everytime. Caution: it sounds simple – but may be the hardest thing to practise.

Serve creativity, don’t expect it to serve you.
Senario: Say that someone comes along and produces something which totally overshadows your own work. It’s all too easy to dry up yourself. Or perhaps someone else takes over your work (which you’ve done all the groundwork for) and transforms it into something completely different from what you intended – and takes all the credit. It’s enough to make you lose your creative thread completely.

At times like these it’s vitally important that you trust in the abundance of the creative principle. Recognise that it is your creativity is being expressed by the other person. They are your talent. Because like attracts like.

Recognise that it’s your relationship to your own creative nature that is being expressed here. Treat it as you would a relationship with a dear friend. Trust her. (or him) If she stops talking to you, give her a gift… How? In the form of trust. Trust the process. Stop. Believe in her absolute abundance and realise that something else, something bigger, and more fabulous is just waiting for you around the corner.

Importantly… you must know that the nature of creativity is to product something which has never existed before – and that’s why you feel lost. Because you are facing the unknown. NOT because you’ve lost your creativity. Does this make sense? The person who has just made you dry up is your vehicle, NOT your obstacle.

Your creative nature has put that person here to be a stepping stone, for you. It’s up to you what you do with it.

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2 thoughts on “Getting creative part III

  1. >Hi, I like the way you approach creativity!! It’s very inspirational and useful to reflect.Although you probably won’t belief me, my first reaction on your question was no.. I really can enjoy creativity of other persons and enjoying the process of creating things together. I can’t remember of any example which affected my creativity. But of course this could be denial…….hahaAbout your masterpieces which you have created, it’s just their critical side (change this, change that) I don’t consider this as creativity. See this as a stimulans to improve your masterpiece and that they contribute to your masterpiece (assuming that they approach and communicate in a transparent, clear and a human way with you) .It’s indeed how you interpreted their feedback and your relation with them/creativity. May be it’s not your masterpiece, but hey, what’s the problem. It’s probably your ego who would like to have all the benefits/creditsYou need this creativity and this job to be who you are, although you might feel lost. Does that make sense? It’s on your path and you need it, as you need the persons who criticize your masterpiece. I fully agree on one of your last comments, The person who has just made you dry up is your vehicle, and NOT your obstacle.Keep on writing!!Marcel

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