Creativity Myth #3

“I love being creative, I just can’t seem to find the time.”

Time is a funny thing wouldn’t you agree. It seems to be elastic, invisibly stretchy.  Some days seem to contain so much more time than others.  The old saying  ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ has a lot of wisdom in it.

There is really only one thing in the world in which there is true equality and that is TIME. We all get to have 24 hours in a day – no less no more.  The all important question is – What do you do with your 24 hours?

Are you playing

A good way to think of time is to pretend it is money.  Here are some things to think about….

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Are you thrifty with your time?
  • Do you squander your time?
  • Do you have a savings plan?
  • Who steals your time – or rather – who do you allow to steal your time?

Now of course we all lead busy lives so often find ourselves far too busy to get our creativity out of the back pocket, dust it off and see what it looks like. Why is it do you think that you can’t find the time to be creative?

I can hear the million and one excuses (no apology for the word) bubbling into your head right now.  The simple truth is, that if you are not being creative it is because you are choosing not to be.  It is not because you don’t have the time, rather it is because other things have a higher priority for you, and that is OK – you just need to acknowledge it, allow it to be what it is and not beat yourself up about it. 

If it is not OK with you  – well what to do about that ?  See next week’s post for some ideas on how to tackle this.

This Weeks Question: What is one thing you could do this week to make some new creative time for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be big – tiny steps…….



Cheshire cat

The question to ask is not whether I have talent or not .  Rather, you would be better to ask yourself what direction in life you want to go.  Is your creative inner being REALLY calling to you ? Well of course it is – you just may not have recognized that fact yet.

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.

“Where do you want to go?”was his response.

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”” – Lewis Carroll

Are you heeding your soul’s urge to create or ignoring it with a barrage of ‘really good reasons’ why it can’t be done? Despite our mental protestations to the contrary, our actions always tell us what is most important in our lives.

However we must always start from where we are now. Many students who come to see me are in the middle years of their lives and have finally found the time to catch up with something they have always wanted to do. If you are stuck, struggling or simply overwhelmed and don’t know how to start being creative or how to embrace your creative urges more fully – start small.  A short workshop is often a good way to test out whether a given subject really does appeal to you or not.  It is a small step in terms of time and commitment and will give you an idea of whether you want to make a bigger investment in terms of time and money.

Today’s Question: Where are you in your life and are you doing what you really want to do? Are you listening to your creative voice?

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