What is Creativity, Anyway?

When you think of creativity, what images come to mind? An artist in their studio, painting a new masterpiece? A writer at the keyboard, typing the next bestseller?

Creativity is Not the Same as Mastery

Sometimes we think only experts can be truly creative. Nothing can be further from the truth. Creativity and skill are two separate things. Being creative is about acting on ideas, not executing them perfectly. It’s the action that counts, not the results. Of course, if you act often enough, your results are going to improve, but that’s just aside effect of being creative.

There’s More to Creativity Than Art

Possibilities for Creativity!
So many possibilities!
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Sure, painting, writing fiction and composing music require creativity, but so does a lot of other stuff. Crocheting an afghan, sewing a dress, cooking a meal, and even

building a deck are creative activities. Think about it. You’re choosing colours and fabrics, adjusting spices to suit your tastes, picking woods and stains. These are all acts of creativity.

Ideas + Actions = Creativity

The first part of creativity is the idea. There’s something you want to make, to add to the world. It doesn’t have to be something big or life changing, it just has to be interesting to you. That’s it. If it isn’t interesting to you, it’s a chore. It might be necessary, but it’s not going to feed that part of you (and we all have it) that needs to create.

Next you’ve got to act on the idea. It’s all well and good to have a great idea, but if you don’t act on it, it’s just a daydream. Acting can be scary. It means making choices and risking criticism, but it’s also exhilarating. There’s really nothing like it. Humans have an instinct for making things. If we don’t, we end up feeling trapped and stifled. We don’t have to make big things. We don’t need a lot of recognition for what we make. (Although it sure is nice.) We just need to feel like we’re adding something good to the world. Even if it’s just our own little part of it.

So go on and create something. It doesn’t need to be perfect. It doesn’t need to be a big deal. It just needs to be.

So what creative project  do you want to take on?

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