“Creativity is usually defined as the ability to make original or unusual connections and/or products. This is putting the cart far before the horse and makes creativity sounds like an innate talent. Creativity is not a talent or ability. It is the fruit of a person's decision to matter."
Committing to being an artist involves finding your path to an art-filled life. Following this path requires reason, flexibility, tenacity, and sometimes sacrifice. It is about learning to see life through a creative lens, to ask the really important questions that might have no immediate answers, to learn to live with a degree of uncertainty and forego comfort in order to try something new.
This path is best maintained when art is in balance with the other aspects of our lives. Finding balance is an ongoing process and requires us to organize our time wisely and to say no to activities and relationships that do not feed our creativity. Cultivating this balance allows us to juggle wonder with practicality, to sacrifice ease on behalf of curiosity and experimentation, and to open ourselves to the world in a way that fuels our creative gifts.
Focus on What Will Nurture and Feed Your Creativity
Nurturing your creativity is essential to living a life that is attuned to artistic expression. If you gather the right tools to do that, you will notice a difference in how you bring your creative energy to the world. Begin by pursuing interests that energize you, and experiment with creative materials. Establish a space where you can dedicate time and energy to your creativity—a place to foster inspiration, a place where you can avoid distractions and work on finding meaning in your creative voice. Allow your process to unfold and evolve, rather than trying to force it to look a certain way. Learn how to avoid negative self-talk, comparison to others, to critical voices, procrastination, and perfectionism.
Organize your time and energy so that you do not suffer from burn out and can stay brilliantly creative. To do this, develop strategies that allow you to alternate demanding work with enjoyable work, schedule breaks for yourself throughout the day, and plan a designated starting and finishing time to your creative work day. Allow yourself to work one small step at a time, returning to the process again and again, so that it can evolve and grow.
Manage Your Time
Would you like to feel as though you have more control and balance in your life? You can learn to manage your time skillfully by blocking out predictable and regular chunks in each day to work in your studio. If you prioritize this as an essential activity, it can be easier not to succumb to all the "shoulds" that we feel we must accomplish in a day, and you can create more efficiently, learn faster and have more time to play.
Do you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again and are expecting different results? If you feel stuck, are unhappy or bored with your art or art business, try new creative techniques. For example, experiment with a different medium. You will be surprised at the new ideas that come pouring forth which you can apply to your "usual" medium. Research your competitors, and learn what they are doing that is giving them a competitive advantage. To learn how to examine and scrutinize others' ideas, without comparing yourself to them can inspire you to build upon your own unique creative expression.