How To Be Creative – Fearlessly!

Do you have that zeal or drive to produce something innovative, to create something new or to fashion something from “nothing”?

Many have great ideas in mind but their ideas have never been converted into reality. This maybe because of lack of resources and support. I also believe that the biggest hindrance is fear.  Are you that person? Do you have that desire to express your creative power but obstructed by your apprehensions? Don’t worry, you are not alone. I’ve been at your shoes too, before. I didn’t even want to give it a try. I thought my creations won’t be appreciated.  But there was something deep within me that urged me to create and it was very strong. I couldn’t resist it so I chose to conquer fears that had engulfed me for long time. Finally, I have the guts to enter the blog world. I chose to conquer all those negativity and emerged from my shell to show the world that I also can.  In my blogs I talk about creativity expressed in painting, crafting, writing, song composing, home decorating, gardening and cooking through essay, story-telling or poems. I’d also share the process I’ve been through to produce my creations and how I was able to create them – fearlessly. My purpose is to boosts your self-confidence that you can do it too. Just get out of your slumber and be awakened to bring a spark to put your ideas into a finished work of art.

Many of us still don’t believe that there is something bestowed in us, a special ability that we all have – creativity. Many thought that the word “creative” is only for the chosen few, just for the “gifted” ones. But if that’s your belief, that’s fine too, as long as you also will try to believe that you are one of the “chosen few”.   Well, that was also my mindset before, I thought only the “gifted ones” can do it but since I conditioned my brain that I can do what they can, I’ve discovered that I am also capable of doing those things I’d never thought I can. You are creative, all you need to do is to be a fearlessly creative one. Your ability may not be as “BIG” or as “Great” as those people who are able to make names because of their innovations but in your own way, you can be able to create and contribute ideas to make this world a better place to live in. All of us can.

Start believing in yourself. It’s a matter of mind-conditioning, mind-setting. Here are my two cents that I hope may encourage you to be creative – fearlessly.

Believe that…

1. Being creative is natural – Yes, you are naturally creative, believe it. Just think about it, when you look at your fridge this morning and you see some left over from last night’s meal and from those left-over foods, you are able to make a new recipe, a very scrumptious breakfast for the family – that’s creativity. When you organize your kitchen stuffs and pantry, wherein you put a little art to make it look nice and accessible, that’s creativity. When you hang picture frames or paintings on the wall and mixed it up with other decors resulting to an attractive wall scene, that’s creativity. When you sort your plants in the garden maybe based on their species, or colors or you sort it out in variation of colors to make it look more eye-catching, that’s creativity. All of us were created by God with the natural ability to create, remember that we were created in His image ( Genesis 1:27 ). Our God is creative so we are creative too. We were bestowed of creative power so believe it then utilize it, practice it, enrich it. If you think that creativity is just for some, you already hinder yourself to do something great and new. You already put a limit on your growth.

2. Being creative is a matter of a change of perspective – a simple illustration is, if you used to see old clothes as a prospect for dining table wipes and now that you have changed your perspective you’re able to see it as an ideal material for a beautiful handmade bag or purse, or bed sheet, or apron, or place mat or pot holder and a lot more things that are useful. If you see cereal boxes as nuances then look at it as a potential gift bag, wall décor or magazine organizer now. Develop the ability to explore possibilities by experimenting with the way we perceive things and how we put our ideas together and this can only be done by having a change of perspective. Open your eyes for useful potentials of everything and expand the habit of looking beyond how you used to see things around.

3. Being creative is getting out of your comfort zone. Most of the time we doubt ourselves if we can do something different, something new that maybe breaking traditional ways like picking up pieces of trash like carton boxes. Instead of piling those up to the rubbish that will probably mess up the beauty of our environment, you put on some efforts and imagination to convert those into a beautiful home furniture, organizer or décor. Our comfort zone is to believe we cannot produce something beautiful and useful out of the available materials from the trash, so we don’t exert effort and never give it a try.  You’ll be surprised of the result that you are able to devise the eye-sore into something pleasing to the eyes and useful, if you give it a shot. According to business dictionary, being creative is “Having mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task.” So start thinking outside your old mindset confinement.

4. Creativity may be developed. As you let yourself fearlessly explore, you can discover something in you that you didn’t know you have. The ability that you already got naturally can be enhanced and can be developed if you never cease practicing it. It may be hard at first. You may encounter disappointments on your first produce. It may come out not as you have expected. Don’t stop there, don’t give up. If you really decided to improve, take each and every hardship as a challenge. Learn from each and every mistake. I suggest to keep a journal of your progress, the process and the stages of your first creation. Try to improve the flaws that you find and do your best to avoid it on your next ones. Along the way, as you continue your creative journey, the small abilities where you have started will be enhanced and bloom if you just persevere. The more you practice your creativity, the better the outputs will be.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. — Dr. Seuss

 

5. You can create new things if you conquer your fear.  Fear and unbelief in our own abilities is our great enemies. Don’t be afraid to try. Refuse to believe your mind telling you “you are not creative”, ” you are not capable of doing something new”. And, don’t let the fear of rejection overcome your plans. In everything and anything we do under the sun, always expect that we cannot please everyone. We may always encounter critics and opposition but that doesn’t matter. Just take what you can learn from their negative comments, if it’s realistically be corrected then do the necessary step. If the comment is just to discourage you, ignore it and move forward.  We cannot discover our creative abilities if we let fear overcome our potentials or if we let other people dictate it. We are enjoying the benefits of many great inventions because their inventors did not let fear and criticism hinder them from putting their ideas into materialization, and so do we.

 “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” —Henry Ford

  1. Being creative is to put your ideas into action. Any idea, no matter how great is useless and will remain just an idea unless we act on it and do the crucial steps for its realization. Once something pop up in your mind, write down the idea, plan on it, record the step by step process then finally execute your plan and there you go.

 

Below are photos of few of my fearless creations – my DIY crafts and my original arts.

 

 

    My origami swan made out of office scratch papers. You may use old newspapers and magazines to create something like this too.

My own handcrafted 2-drawer cabinet made of 100% corrugated boxes. Furnitures made of corrugated cartons are light and durable and will last for many years.

 

A center table made from 100% corrugated carton boxes. It is light but durable.

 

This is a corrugated carton box sculpture combined with watercolor painting. I also handcrafted the frame made of the same materials.

If you know the story of David and Goliath in the Bible ( 1 Samuel 17 ), how the little kid David defeated the giant Goliath, we can pick up life lesson from there. David’s faith in God made him see the giant from a different perspective. David perceived Goliath merely a mortal man defying an all-powerful God. He looked at the battle from God’s point of view. In the same way for us, if we look at giant obstacles, giant fears and giant dreams from God’s perspective, we realize that God will fight for us and He will be with us. I was also apprehensive before, doubting my abilities but still I chose to walk on this path with courage, with little faith as small as a mustard seed. I put it together with my faith in God and belief that I can be an overcomer of any barrier that may retard my growth and hinder my potentials to flourish. When we put things in proper perspective, we see more clearly, and we can fight more effectively and emerge victoriously. No matter how small we are, by the help of God and by our determination to win the battle, we can. My objective is to encourage you to overcome your giants. Do not be dismayed and do not let that negative thoughts kill your potentials. Level up and never quit.

 

” Everything worthwhile is uphill.” – John Maxwell

 

You can also share your own experience and may give some points. You may also critique my works which I would be willing to accept for my growth.

I hope you’ve gained something from this blog and had been encouraged to start to “creatify” ( edify creativity ) and to kick off those hesitations and be able to contribute and share what you have to the world.

**This post was initially posted on October 17, 2017. I’ve deleted the first to update and reposted. Revised 03/14/2018.

 

 

 

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