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Last week we looked at how to gain wise advisers, create or find an inspiring environment and how to practise creativity regularly by installing routines. This week learn how to avoid the number one pitfall most people who start being creative make and how to avoid it, as well as an extensive list of creative activities that will have you itching to get your creative hat on.

 

Step Six – Enjoy the Process and Forget the Outcome

 

I am a self confessed perfectionist. If I do something I like to do it to the very best of my ability. Whilst there are definite advantages to being a perfectionist, such as having high standards, it can also be very damaging when applied to creativity.

 

For example, if we are too invested in the result of our creative efforts we actually harm our creativity. By focussing on the end product we constantly evaluate our work and inhibit our creative flare. Ironically, our performance is far better when we focus solely on the process, whereby the means is more valued than the ends.

 

Types of creative activities

 

Once you’ve developed your creativity by following the steps you can decide how to be creative. Below I have listed a wide range of creative activities, choose the one that appeals to you the most and begin your creative journey today!

 

  • Pottery
  • Sculpting
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Painting (watercolour, oil, acrylic)
  • Drawing (pencil, pen, pastels, charcoal)
  • Writing non-fiction
  • Creative writing
  • Writing poetry
  • Song writing
  • Singing
  • Playing an instrument
  • Composing music
  • Dancing
  • Acting
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Card making
  • Calligraphy
  • Scrapbooking
  • Origami and quilling
  • Jewellery making
  • Mosaics (E.g. mirror frames, tables, pots)
  • Cake decorating

 

To me creativity is self-expression in its truest form. There is an innate beauty in the gardener who eloquently expresses how she sees nature, the writer who uses the perfect combination of words to convey his ideas or the photographer who captures the moment flawlessly. These are just some of the beautiful ways creativity communicates our unique view of the world, the very essence of who we are. Begin celebrating your own wondrous individuality by fostering more creativity in your life and embark on a new, more fulfilling life today.

 

What activities from the list strike you as the most fun and why? Have you already tried some? Can you think of some more activities that aren’t included in the list but should be? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Exercises:

 

  1. Try one activity from the list above which motivates or inspires you and see how it makes you feel
  2. Make your own bucket list of creative activities you would like to try out
  3. Combine the your own creative activity bucket list with your previous list of creative activities you used to like as a child – this can now be your go to list of creative activities!
  4. Schedule in one playful activity and one quality alone time activity to try out monthly from your lists you made in part two of this series