For a long time, the story inside my head was that I simply wasn’t creative.
I lacked the innate talent and genetic code to enable me to do more than report on the facts around me.
Does that sound familiar?
The truth is that we all have inside us the desire to create. What prevents us from doing so is far more visceral.
From fear comes the excuses that we make to prevent us from sharing what we love:
- I don’t know how to…
- What if…
- I’m not sure if I could…
- I don’t have the time.
It usually looks something like this:
I’d really like to write a book/start a blog/work on my painting/make some videos. But I’m really busy in my job at the moment, and I don’t know how to make a website. I’m not sure which camera to get or what I want to draw. Maybe another time when the kids are grown up I’ll find the time to do it.
What is Creativity?
If we’re going to run with the bold proposition that everyone can create, then we need to be careful what we call creativity.
Because it takes more forms than you can imagine.
There are classic examples: musicians, writers, painters, actors. But these are just the tip of the iceberg.
The website designer working inside the constraints of their chosen code – they are creating.
The accountant who uses their skills to prepare a meaningful and useful report for their clients – they are creating.
The motivational speaker who can hold an audience’s attention and inspire them to greater action – they are creating.
What distinguishes Creativity?
So where is the border between creativity and not?
To me, it lies in emotional labour.
Are you just going through the motions? Is your work an assembly line of mind-numbing tasks? Is your undertaking simply an exercise in “painting by numbers”?
If so, then you’ve dulled your creative spark in favour of other priorities.
But you don’t need to stay that way.
A series of small course corrections will get you headed into a life full of colour, vibrancy and authentic engagement with the world around you.
Wake Up your Creative
I’m a lawyer who has spent over 15 years working in a fast paced environment. I have a family, a faith, a desire to help people and work hard.
And I’ve experienced what it feels like when the creative parts of me were dormant, unattended to and starving.
But a few years ago, I woke them up.
I’m Chris, and I write.
At first, it wasn’t easy. My words appeared ponderously onto the page, each one seeming to take an age to extract from my brain.
But as I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote – something started to happen.
Neurons connected, paths were re-wired, habits were formed. My personal style started to make itself known.
Now… I write.
I’d encourage you to join me in this journey so we can build each other up and share our experiences.
Every page on this site has a form. Fill it out – and join the journey.
It’s Time to Create
I’ll see you in action.