4 Reasons To Use Creativity For Personal Growth
Using creativity for personal growth, is one of the main reasons I create every day. Creativity is the land of endless possibilities and a completely unique part of you that cannot be compared to anyone else.
Every Tom, Dick, and Harry has an opinion about creativity today, and that’s great - will politicians and teachers get on this creativity train, perleasy? - but I don’t think enough is being said about why your creative side is exactly what sets you apart from anyone else.
Marie Forleo ends every episode of MarieTV by saying “Keep going for your dreams because the world needs that special gift that only you have.” She is so right. ( I love Marie)
Well, that special gift is your creativity.
Just to define your creativity:
It’s when you make, or create something you haven’t made before, that is new and has some value to you.
This is your creativity. Uniquely yours.
I wrote a post here about why creativity is your unique capital and how you can cash in on this currency.
So your creativity is unique to you. It cannot and will not ever be the same as anyone else’s.
But do you know in what ways creating will make you grow as a person? Have you tried being in a state of emotions so big that you had to write something down otherwise you’d explode?
Have you tried being at a stage in your life where you felt the earth shift under your feet? Did you continue “business as usual” or did you feel the experience changed you?
Having this blof´g and a (almost) daily creative practice, I cannot for the life of me understand how people go through life without creating. Come to think of it, I only know a few people who do absolutely no creative work. MOst people I know do something. Of course, they don’t think of themselves as creative, but that’s a nother chat.
Creativity is the land of possibilities. In your imagination anything can happen. You don’t even have to share it with anybody. You can just create for yourself. In fact, that’s the very best reason in my book.
I bet you bottom dollar, that most people who create regularly, artists and the like, would say that creating is how they make sense of the world. It becomes a need more than a passion. But also a passion. If you find something that makes you fall in love with the work, then stick with it. I love writing and everything that goes with this blog and business that I can’t imagine not doing work related to writing.
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My 4 reasons for personal growth with creativity
I have picked 4 reasons why I believe creating will make you grow as a person. There are many reasons I can think of why you should use your creativity. Heck, I can’t think of a single why you wouldn’t!
Here they are:
Lack of patience is, in my experience, often the reason we don’t finish creative projects. Being patient in the process will help you trust that all is going to be well. A lot more patience is required to create than we realize when starting on a project. This is why I am a big fan of making the process as enjoyable as possible. Makes sense, right?
Doing something difficult.
The definition of creativity on Wikipedia could also say “doing something difficult”.
Bringing something to life that didn’t exist before you thought of it, is not an easy thing to do. And you grow as a person when you go through something difficult in your life. Every time you struggle with something, and you pull through in the end, you know you can do more than you thought you could. This builds your self-worth and self-confidence.
You meet yourself.
Doing creative work gives you time to get to know yourself better. Creative work is an intimate experience. It’s a meeting with yourself. Instead of looking to others for what to do, you find out what you can do.
I know you work hard. And you look after people. I bet you are a great mom, or friend or partner. But how much time do you spend with yourself? Expressing what comes uniquely from you, is a great way to get closer to your true self.
I don’t know how I got through the years I didn’t create. Now, I don’t go 2 days without doing something creative.
Self-care and self-respect
As much as creating is hard at times, it is also balm for your soul.
When I’m going through a difficult time, one of the best ways to comfort myself and make sense of what’s happening, is to write. I write in my journal and here on the blog.
Self-kindness makes you grow as a person. Listening to your fear and ego voice, and using self-criticism as a tool, will kepp you stuck and playing small.
Self-criticism doesn’t get good results. Not ever. You might think it’s a drive, but you’re wrong! It isn’t. You’ll be much more confident trying new things when you have your own back.
I go into details about how to be more creative and how you can use your creativity as your very special capital for personal growth and clarity of your purpose in my course “How To Be More Creative.”
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