STEP ONE – To get started on your month long diet of creativity CHOOSE ONE CREATIVE GOAL
WE ARE ALL CREATIVE ALL THE TIME!
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. We are all creative – whether we realize it or not, we are all creating all the time. But most of us have been convinced that we don’t have a creative bone in our body, or we aren’t talented, or we’ve never been good at art. We get talked into putting aside that passionate single source of creative fun in order to grow up and get serious about life. Stealthily we bury our desire and forget what it is we really really want to make!
MY BIG SECRET WAS MY DESIRE TO WRITE – WHAT’S YOURS?
Start by asking yourself, ‘If I could create one thing in my life, I would make __. What is it you would truly love to create? What thing do others do that makes you really jealous? Which art scares you more than any other? Whose talent makes you secretly say to yourself ‘I could do that so much better? That’s probably the creativity you really want to explore.
REVERSE THE ‘YOU’RE NO ARTIST’ CURSE
Adults who aren’t allowing themselves to be creative usually say things like,, I’m no artist. I was the same. We were all cursed by the same teacher who proclaimed we could not draw, or sing, or dance or write. We were forced into a negative perception about our creative ‘talents’ before our eighth birthday, shaped by a moment of humiliation. We turn it into a belief. A label. And we’re sunk.
But we don’t have to stay sunk – not forever. All we have to do is replace that story with a new one. And a first step to do that is to acknowledge our secret longing that’s been buried under a pile of stones deep in a dark cave! We know what it is. You know what it is. You don’t have to tell anyone else. Not yet. For now, just right here and now – admit to yourself what kind of creativity you’ve always wanted to DO.
CHOOSE ONE THING!
Don’t make a list of ten things. Make it one thing! Even if it’s the wrong thing, you’re only going to do it for a month. And it will put you on the path to get closer to the real ONE thing. Be afraid but choose one thing anyways.
On that subject, let’s be realistic. If your childhood dream was to be a concert pianist and you’re in your thirties and never sat at a piano, chances are good to certain you’ll never make it as a concert pianist. But if your heart is set on piano player, you can put in your ten thousand hours now and be a piano player for the other hundreds of ways there are available to you.
CHOOSE ONE CREATIVE GOAL!
If you’d like to write a song in the South of France, I’m offering a weekend retreat October 19-21, 2018. You can find out more and register HERE.
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