Your creativity is a powerful beast, and if you don’t feed it, it will become angry! It is so imperative to nurture your creativity and provide it with an appropriate outlet. If you’re a creative person, you may find yourself with ravenous spurts of artistic energy. You may dive into a project without a clear goal and feel like a failure when you can’t complete it. Or worse, you may ignore this artistic surge altogether! The most important duty you have as an innovative individual is to keep this energy alive.
1. Do something creative every single day.
It doesn’t matter how small a project, try something imaginative every single day. You can exercise creativity in unique ways with everyday tasks. Find a new recipe for dinner, write a haiku on your loved one’s lunch, or rearrange the furniture in your living room. It may not feel like a lot, but great satisfaction can come from small projects.
2. Work on existing creative projects.
Most people have a larger scale “project in the works”. Some people have several! It could be a complex painting, a novel, or a project on the house. It is important to keep these larger ventures going. They nurture our creative drive and provide us with an extra-rewarding sense of completion. Keeping momentum with existing developments curbs our creative appetite, preventing us from adding new projects to our plate.
3. Recognize the creativity of others.
Recognize the many ways individuals use and express their talents. Approach the creativity of others with a judgment-free sense of wonder. Ask questions, appreciate, and admire. Think of artistic creation as a full circle. Recognition from others is a powerful source of stimulation. You can be that motivation for somebody else. Nothing will help your own drive more than being inspired by someone else.
4. Put yourself out there.
Expressing our creative projects can put us in a vulnerable place. We can’t predict how others will react, or whether they’ll support our endeavors. Put yourself out there. Your creativity is an amazing, powerful, creature. You deserve the recognition for projects you poured so much effort into. This could be as simple as sharing your decorated kitchen on Facebook or entering a local art show. Show off your work, and be proud of your projects. The more you allow your beast to roam, the more powerful it will become.
5. Never let the energy die!
Keep your imagination alive and feel the satisfaction of completion. You are the only one that can give yourself permission to do that. If a project is good enough for yourself, it’s good enough for the world. Live, love, and create.