Why Creativity Coaching is Not About Art
Creativity coaching is not about art. Not the kaizen-muse creativity coaching I am certified in, anyway. Kaizen-muse creativity coaching is about addressing human nature in the process of change. If you want to do creative work but you’re stuck, it doesn’t help to say “just get on with it.” Kmc coaching understands the nonlinear ways of creativity and human nature.
I saw this description of creativity coaching from the Creativity Coaching Association:
"Creativity Coaches are similar to life coaches, but focus more specifically on your creative work. These coaches help you to develop your artistic and humanistic talents. Creativity Coaches have helped thousands of artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs and other creative souls to accomplish their dreams." - Creativitycoachingassociation.com
Kaizen-Muse creativity coaching is about helping you go through your process of creating. I help you get unstuck by looking into what is holding you back from creating and doing work you feel called to do.
Or maybe you your problem is that you don’t get started in the first place. Your expectations of yourself are so high and unrealistic that it’s too much to take on, so you don’t create. This is a common creative block and as your creativity coach, I can help you break through this creative block.
We look at your unique situation, and I help you find the answers only you have.
It has nothing to do with what you want to create or whether you to paint, write or build. It's gentle encouragement and an understanding of how a creative process works. I would say that most of us can create without help or create a little change without help. And maybe coaching is a luxury but to go through life without doing creative work of any kind is a bigger tragegy than paying for a creativity coach. I say this of course because I’m a creativity coach but also because I know the impact doing my creative work has on my life.
Creativity coaching is not about art.
Kaizen-muse creativity coaching put focus on your creative process and less on your goal.
So you can be trying to write, paint, start a blog, start a business, learn how to knit, plant a garden, or any other creative act that involves a process, and be in need of a creativity coach.
If you like the Tony Robbins character and approach of massive action, and think shouting "I" makes you change, kaizen-muse creativity coaching is NOT for you.
A word of warning: if you use a coach that critiques your work, I'd find another coach. There are stages to a creative process and one of the stages is in the beginning when you’re super sensitive about your work. The last thing you need then is to have someone give their opinion about your work. Very few should have that privilege. And a coach should not be one of them.
Change takes a lot of patience
Instant gratification doesn't always happen in the creative process, which is why so many of us quit before we reach the goal. It's why we love social media. Social media can be like empty calories. It’s great fun getting inspired but it’s much more satisfying creating your own work.
Being creative is a long, slow nourishing meal, that enriches your life experience, and once you have tried it, you can never go back to before you had the experience. I’m not a very patient person but writing and working on this blog is rewarding in so many ways that I seem to have endless patience doing this creative work.
Change happens with or without your consent so you might as well create change you like. You can decide what change you want and then plan for how you want it to happen. This is also where creativity coaching can help you. Change is a creative process that has different stages. I can’t tell you much impact that knowledge had on my life when I trained as a coach. I didn’t know about creative processes and creating change. I had no knowledge of perfectionism, overwhelm or creative seasons. Maybe you don’t either.
Change takes a lot of patience and a series of small steps. But you can create any change you want. Maybe start by grabbing my workbook.