I’m writing a speech on creativity. I happen to be one of those creative types – you know, the melancholy, unstable, weird, unpredictable kind. Not really…
That’s just what some people think when they meet a “creative” person. That stigma comes from the tragic icons like Hemingway, Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, and even more recently the great Robin Williams. It also comes from the media. It seems writers and painters are especially targeted.
Sometimes our creative process isn’t taken seriously or appreciated because of that stigma. But the old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is really true. We can choose to see beauty or not. But we can at least appreciate the passion, effort and drive it took to create.
Some may look at this photo and see ugliness. I see beauty.
And we are hardest on ourselves when it comes to the product of our creativity.
1. We fear we will never be good enough – whatever that is!
How good do we have to be…and by whose standards?
2. We can’t stop comparing ourselves to the other creative geniuses out there.
That kind of distraction will destroy our creativity.
3. We believe our creative process originates within us.
You can relieve yourself of unnecessary anxiety when you realize you are only 1/2 of the creative team. God is the originator and your partner in creating. Don’t take all the burden and don’t take all the credit. At the same time, God recognizes your hard work so don’t be afraid to bask in His accolades. He appreciates your part in the process!
Are you the creative type? How do you overcome the pitfalls of creative anxiety?