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How To Avoid Stifling Creativity

If you are seeking a more fulfilled life by finding your inner voice and becoming creative there are a few things to be wary of which can stifle creativity.


Probably the biggest trap would be to focus too much on the outcome of your efforts. Easier said than done I know, but creativity flows best and gives you the most rewards when you simply enjoy the process, without thinking about the end product. Remember you don’t have to be Picasso to love and enjoy painting!


Similarly it’s not a good idea to over schedule and give yourself deadlines when being creative, this just serves to make the creative process pressured and perhaps even stressful, which defeats the purpose of why you are being creative in the first place.


Whilst I mention in this month’s series posts on creativity that it is a good idea to have a board of advisors it is vital you select them based on their ability to deliver advice in a kind and diplomatic fashion. It is also worth considering whether you can accept constructive criticism of your work or whether you will be sensitive to such feedback. If you do feel like your feelings could be at risk of being hurt then I would advise that you keep the results of your creative endeavors to yourself, as if you did get such feedback you might be inhibited to continue being creative.


Mobility is also an issue when being creative to some. If you find that your mobility, or the mobility of someone you love, is limited, here are some creative pastimes you or they can do from the comfort of a bed:


  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Drawing and pastels
  • Scrapbooking
  • Writing
  • Painting (watercolor)
  • Embroidering
  • Jewelry making
  • Card making
  • Pressed flower arranging
  • Glass painting (jars, vases)
  • Make cups, bowls or vases out of air dry clay and paint after


What do you find has stifled your creativity in the past? Have you focused on the results of creativity at the cost of enjoyment in the past? Do you make a point of not placing deadlines on your creative efforts? How has this impacted your enjoyment whilst being creative? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

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