In order to identify your personal brand of creativity for future use, you need to know where you have been.
Here’s the story:
The story of your life is made up of your experiences, your personality, + the people in your life. Your creativity plays a major role in telling your story – even if you are someone who can regularly be heard saying something similar to:
“I’m not creative.”
“I wish I was creative.”
“I’m not as creative as her.”
“I wish I could have creative ideas like her.”
Just getting past these negative thoughts is an accomplishment. So, if you are just getting started thinking of yourself as a creative person, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.
The easiest place to start?
With your own story of course.
In trying to figure out how you are creative, a great place to start is with your past. Visualize how you have practiced creativity throughout your life – the various creative activities you have tried and time periods when you have been the most creative.
Remember, creativity shows itself in many different forms. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to brainstorming about your creative past.
Why are you doing this? In order to identify your personal brand of creativity for future use, you need to know where you have been. Obviously it’s your life, you were there, you experienced it. However, often, in order to make sense of everything, it is helpful to get it down on paper – it is much easier to see that way and you will find that you will remember a lot more than you originally thought.
Here’s my example:
You could go about this activity in few different ways. For my example, I did a quick brainstorm that included only creative activities from when I was a little kid. It only took about five minutes and it gave me the opportunity to step back into time and think about how I was creative when I was younger. I too am one of those people that a few years ago would have been caught saying something like, “I’m not creative.”
These examples of my creative past came so easy to me that I decided to go all in on this activity and tell the story of my entire creative life – as a child to the (almost) present. See my example below:
Whichever way you decide to complete this activity is fine, but give it a try. Next week, you will move on to figuring out how you are CURRENTLY creative – even if you don’t think you are!