For my entrepreneurs out there, we all know tapping into the creative flow can be tricky. Some days it's easy and some days the tap is straight up bone dry. I find it ironic even writing about this topic as I used to have this belief that I wasn't creative. I have a vivid memory of my art teacher using my painting as an example of what NOT to do in high school. Since I didn't see myself as traditionally artistic, I pretty much wrote myself off in that category.
And yet, here I am years later, working in a creative field and loving it. Newsflash, we are ALL creatives!! (please read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert if you haven't already, gamechanger!) As I navigate these waters, here are 4 tricks that help my keep creativity brewing.
1:: TAKE BREAKS//GET OUTSIDE
Honestly when I'm feeling stuck the best thing I can do is go for a walk, sit by the water, move my body...anything that clears the mind! When you are head down in a project we aren't always open to the possibilities. Taking some time when you are not forcing creativity is when I've had some of my biggest downloads!
2:: COMPARING IS YOUR ENEMY
We've all been down the rabbit hole. 10 pages deep on Instagram or on websites you aren't even that interested in. We compare what we are up to with the masses. No matter how awesome you are, it will always feel like something comes up short. Oh my goodness, I have made myself feel so shitty doing this! None of my best work comes from a place of comparison or trying to be like somebody else. You are YOUUUUUUUUU! Own it!
3:: STRIVE FOR GETTING IT OUT THERE, NOT PERFECTION
We can be so caught up in making something seem 'perfect' that we never actually share it. What a waste! Share your heart, share your wild...with your friends or with your clients. It comes through. Stop using perfect as an excuse.
4:: JUST KEEP SWIMMING
Yep, Finding Nemo has words to live by! Sometimes, we gotta push through the sticky stuff for inspiration to strike. Creativity doesn't always feel amazing, and that's ok! Keep working, writing, pursuing. Eventually something (.... a phrase, picture, email) will stoke your creative fire! Like most things, creating is a process.
OK, all for now! Hopefully this helped, or even just got you thinking about how you create!