You are a creative person. You know this. I know this. We all know this. Thinking you aren’t creative is not your problem. Your problem is your creativity is starting to bore you. Not too long ago, you couldn’t get enough of it, but now, you are no longer challenged and inspired by it.
How did this happen? Well, like anything else in your life, you need to nurture your creativity in order to allow it to grow + change. When you first started practicing your creativity/creative venture, you were a novice. So anything you were learning or trying was new and exciting. Now that you have been doing it for awhile, you can’t expect to get the same satisfaction from continuing to do the same things that previously brought you joy.
So how then do you get out of this creative rut? You need to take your creativity to the next level.
How can you take your creativity to the next level?
First, identify your purpose + your goal. Your purpose is your why. Why do you practice your creativity? Is it because you want to? Or because you feel like you should? Or maybe because you need a creative outlet? Or is it even something as simple as practicing your creativity makes you happy? Whatever your why is – figure it out.
The second piece of taking your creativity to the next level is identifying your goal. What do you want to accomplish by practicing your creativity? Are you just excited to learn something new? Are you trying to make yourself happy and fulfilled? Are you hoping to become better at a specific creative venture in order to make money from it? It doesn’t matter what your goal is – as long as you can verbalize it.
Identifying your purpose + goal can help shift everything. Now you that you know why you want to practice your creativity and what you want to do with it, here are a few ideas to help you take your creativity to the next level.
Challenge yourself to try something new – sign up for an online course or an in person class in a completely new creative area. Maybe you are currently a very talented photographer. Great, but if it is no longer inspiring you, you may need to try (even temporarily) another creative venture that takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you. You might even find that by learning something completely different it helps you in your current creative field.
Expand your skillset within your current craft – continue to work on your current creative venture but push yourself to gain a new skillset. Maybe you learned how to knit 3 years ago, but since then you have only been making scarf after scarf. By challenging yourself to learn just one new knitting skill, you can greatly expand the number of projects you are able to make/create.
Find a creative buddy and get collaborating – collaborating with someone else can push you in directions you had not previously considered while working on your own. (Read this article on how collaboration/competition could be the key to your creative success and this article on finding a creative collaborators).
Take away a choice in your creativity. If you love to sew, but lately have been feeling blah about it, decide that you aren’t allowed to buy any new fabric, but have to use all of your scraps. Put some limitations on your creativity and you will see it flourish. It will once again demand your full attention and in turn it will inspire you.
Share your work. If you have been creating/making in a vacuum, decide that you are going to start sharing your work – in real life or on the Internet – whichever is less scary to you. You don’t have to necessarily ask anyone for feedback, but just put yourself out there and see what happens.
Before you do anything else, read through this list of 5 ideas again. Choose the one that sounds the best/most reasonable to you. Brainstorm a list of ways you can implement it.
Take 20 seconds to leave me a comment, telling me which of the 5 you choose. Can’t wait to hear from you!