When I find myself in an unproductive hole creatively, I tend to look to others for inspiration. I gauge on Creative inspired blog posts, snippets of successful entrepreneur biographies and staring at TED talks.
Looking for that connection.
- Am I like them?
- Can I be like them someday?
- Am I smart enough?
- Creative enough?
It is not easy for an entrepreneur who works solo, trying to keep the focus, be productive, but most of all overcome insecurity and fear of failure. For the Creative mind, insecurity and fear of failure seem to be high on the agenda and so slipping into that Creative black hole is common place.
As mentioned already - when I find myself looking at those black walls I tend to do the following which helps me hop on my LOLO ball and jump right out of that damn hole.
I really enforce my habit of meditation. I use the astounding app HEADSPACE for guidance. Because my mind is so busy and I find it incredibly difficult to stop it turning, ANDY PUDDICOMBE the creator of Headspace helps me calm the wheels. This helps me locate my LOLO ball.
2. INSPIRATIONAL WORDS
I find great motivation in the inspirational words of these creative minds. So, if you find yourself struggling with your creativity, consider the advice below from a few of the most prolifically creative minds throughout history.
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.
Many of us strive for perfection. This is something which is unattainable. What is perfection anyway? Is there such a thing? I try to teach my daughter that perfection is boring, who wants a perfectly ironed top and matching socks in the first place.
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
I love this one. Ideas whether good or bad, come from a place that not many people visit. Try not to stay to 'in tune' with how business is run. Break rules, change what is the norm. Do it your way, not the done way.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere else.
When you allow your creativity to operate without boundaries and think adventurously, you will see connections you would not ordinarily see.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Anxiety can be pretty awful but if you can learn to channel the feeling in a useful way, it can be a very powerful and inspirational energy. I find meditation helps me do this.
Nine out of 10 businesses fail, so I came up with a foolproof plan: create 10 businesses.
I love this one. As someone who has launched her fourth business, I have another six to go! Yaaaaay! That makes me happy. Evolve, learn and most importantly NEVER EVER give up!
Once you have embraced these great pieces of advice and are ready to ignite that creative fire, here are a few more:
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
You see things, and you say, ‘ Why? ’ But I dream things that never were, and I say, ‘ Why not ?'
George Bernard Shaw
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
And, finally, remember that creativity is also inspired and best curated by collaboration and sharing ideas. If you found this useful, please pass along to others, because:
Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
I would love to hear your favourite quote. Please drop me a mail or comment below and share your inspiration.