I attended a course recently at the School of Life on the subject of creativity. One point raised by someone (okay it was me) was that they are often put off having a go at things because they want it to be perfect. If it’s not they feel they’ve failed and abandon the thought of ever trying again.
In response, the point was made that there is a lot to be said from enjoying the actual process of being creative – enjoying the journey rather than focusing purely the end goal.
So whilst we might never be the next J K Rowling or Andy Murray, that shouldn’t put us off the process of writing a children’s book or playing tennis. And no one knows how many times they stumbled and fell on their way to the top, but it’s likely to be many.
Wise words for those of us who set high standards for ourselves.
What did I also take from the course? Creativity can be improved by changing our daily routine, so we take in new sights and surroundings rather than doing the same thing each day on autopilot.
Surrounding ourselves with positive energised people who work with us on our ideas rather than shooting them down, is always a good thing. As is getting enough sleep, finding the time of day we work best, keeping an ideas book and taking time to switch off and do absolutely nothing.
There’s a huge amount to be gained from day dreaming and allowing your mind to wander, rather than having it permanently engaged with a computer or smartphone. Easier said than done, I say, and not something to consider until you’ve reached the end of this post.
So after that preamble I can now explain that when Netmums asked me to take part in their first ever summer craft hangout, knowing I don’t craft and was unlikely to produce anything that half resembled a work of art, I said YES!
Here’s the result.
Now you’ve reached this point you can switch everything off and get creative!