We all have problems of different varieties. I won’t pretend like creative problems are nearly as serious as other ones. But nonetheless, we have them. Whatever problem is currently weighing on you, you need to read What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada. It’s been awhile since I shared a book that I love, so here it is. You’re welcome 🙂
Did I mention it is a children’s book and will take you about 5 minutes to read? You’re even more welcome. (BTW – A few months ago I shared What Do You Do With an Idea, also by Kobi Yamada because I absolutely love love love everything about that book. If you missed it, you can read about it here.)
I view this as a companion book to What Do You Do With An Idea? because an idea that you can’t get rid of can feel like a problem, like something negative weighing on you, despite the fact that it can be an amazing opportunity. At the same time, a problem, which is normally viewed as something negative, can actually be positive – it all depends on your perspective. Moral of the story – read both books because they are fantastic 🙂
Here at Greens & Blues Co., I try to keep it positive, so let’s take a look at the positive parts of a problem.
But first, a short synopsis of the book:
You realize you have a problem.
You start to worry about your problem.
You make it a much bigger deal than it actually is.
You try to run from it, but that doesn’t work.
You realize your only option is to face it.
You realize it wasn’t as bad as you made it out to be…
The most important part of this book, something that anyone – child or adult – can learn from is what you take away from your problem. Each problem that we face can be a chance to challenge + improve ourselves in some way.
By flipping something that you normally perceive to be a problem around, you provide yourself with have a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow. Often times, our biggest problems are the result of our own personal outlook. Sometimes by simply looking for the positive, you will realize you don’t even have a problem, just an occasion to challenge yourself.
A couple of creative problems you might run into:
- I’m not creative.
- I don’t know where to start with my creativity.
- My creativity is not good enough.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these creative problems and determine how instead of viewing them as problems and trying to ignore them, you can flip them araound and use each one as an opportunity.
#1 – I’m not creative.
Problem – You believe you are not creative. Since you are not creative, what would be the point in trying any creative activities? As a result, you never attempt anything creative (and therefore do not practice your creativity) and then you never get any better at them and reinforce your idea that you are not creative.
Opportunity – The truth is of course you are creative…but you have not practiced your creativity in a long time, so of course you aren’t good at any creative activities. So what’s the positive side of this? Since you haven’t practiced your creativity in a long time, the expectations are pretty low – which is great! You can take a class or watch a Youtube video to learn something new + try it out without assuming you need to be perfect. The possibilities are endless.
#2 – I don’t know where to start with my creativity.
Problem – Even though you are interested in practicing your creative and being a “creative” person, you have no experience with it and therefore do not know where to start. So you do nothing.
Opportunity – The truth is that your creativity is a journey not a destination (I swear this is true even though it sounds lame). You can’t go wrong because whatever creative activity you try-out will help you find the path you should be going down. Your creative will change and evolve over time (and through practice), but in order to do so, you have to first start. (If you want some getting started you can take my free email course Find Your CREATIVE SPARK Adventure.)
#3 – My creativity is not good enough.
Problem – I like to ________________ (fill in the blank), but when I compare it to what I see online, it’s clear that I’m a joke.
Opportunity – Use the online “competition” as motivation to get better. I know that we aren’t supposed to compare our creativity to other people’s, but I think that’s only half true. I think comparison, or dare I say competition can be a good thing if it is used in a positive manner. Don’t compare yourself to someone else so that you can think I can never be as good as them; instead compare yourself to someone else so that you can figure out what areas you need to improve and so that you can get some inspiration.
YOUR TURN – FLIP YOUR PROBLEM:
What problem – creative or otherwise, is currently weighing on you? Is it the type of problem, you can fix by facing it? If so, take the following steps:
Make a list of any creative problems you are currently avoiding. Use the aforementioned steps to flip them around!