Would you like to create more but feel like you’re not all that creative or talented? Guess what – lots of other people do too, so don’t feel bad (it won’t help you anyway). But, there is one thing that you can do that will help you create. You can admit (to yourself) the reason why you are not creating.
The reason you’re not creating might be different than what you think. It’s probably fear, a fear of yourself. Before you dismiss this, think about it for a moment. There may be other symptoms (e.g., lack of time, motivation, skills) but those are usually masks to the real issue. Even talking about fear being the cause is fearful. Nothing bad will happen because you’re thinking about being scared of creating. In fact, nobody needs to know.
You’re Already Good Enough
When you create something that didn’t exist before (e.g., painting, writing, coding, etc), you’re putting yourself out there. When you put yourself out there, you invite feedback for your creation (from yourself and others). When this feedback isn’t what you want it to be, it can lead to a host of emotions (anger, hurt, anxious, etc) that usually leads back to feeling “not good enough or as good as.”
But the thing is, you are already good enough to create. There is no good or bad, it’s creation. All you have to do is try. Pick up that paintbrush, pen, computer or whatever it is for you and start. You begin learning and growing when you start creating. You won’t know what you’ll learn until you start!
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” ~Stuart Smalley
Your Personal Growth is Irrelevant to Others
When you begin creating, don’t compare your creation to an ideal state. Just start and experience your creation “flow.” You’re not competing against anyone – learning and knowledge are personal. We learn socially but each person has to do their own learning and growing. If you create, you will learn and that learning experience is yours to keep and apply in future.
If you want to create music with a piano – play piano. Comparing yourself to Billy Joel is irrelevant to the growth of your piano skills.
If you want to draw better, draw. Comparing yourself to Hugh MacLeod is irrelevant to your drawing skills.
When You’re Not Feeling Good Enough
Think of a cave drawing. What thoughts come to mind? Do you ever think “that is not good enough?” Or does it invite you into someone else’s wold through their creation. Think of the learning and stories that took place through the drawings (during their creation and through time). They had no special training and had everything they needed to create. So do you…get started!