You Are More Creative Than You Think

One common assumption we make is that we tend to think of people who make art in the ‘traditional sense’ (music, paintings, books, images, shows) to be considered creative.

Which means if we don’t directly work in the ‘creative fields’, we typically don’t think of ourselves as creative people…

Or worse… think that we don’t have the ability to be creative.

This assumption and mindset limits us in many ways because it results in us not allowing ourselves to explore the idea of becoming more creative in our work.

It breaks my heart when I hear people say:

“But I’m not creative…”

It makes me want to grab their shoulders, give’em a good shake, then tell them:

“Yes you are! You just don’t know it, because you’re thinking about it wrong!”

I have to refrain from launching into a passionate rant, and end up quietly nodding in agreement, because I actually understand where they’re coming from.

I know what it’s like to believe that I’m not creative… but more on that later.

Instead of believing we’re not creative, because we don’t work in “the arts” or that we’ve never been good with “the arts”, continuing to live our lives with this limiting belief…

My mission is to open up your mind so you can see what it means to create.

When your mind expands and sees possibilities, you’ll be able to approach your work and your life with more joy and way more fun.

Who doesn’t want more joy and more fun in life?!

That’s the gift that creativity gives us! It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

The truth is… human beings are inherently creative.

Creativity is innate to us. We are the only species on the planet with creative imagination.

It’s how our society has been built for thousands of years.

Just take a look at everything that exists around you in places you live and work…

Think about:

  • the pen you use…
  • the cup you drink from…
  • the chair you sit in…
  • the apps you use…
  • the computer you work from…
  • the bed you sleep in…
  • the clothes you wear…
  • the pot you cook with…
  • the car you drive…
  • the whiteboard in your office…
  • the courses you enrol in…
  • the services you use…

Everything you come across, know, buy and use in your life has been creatively imagined by someone who brought their idea to life.

That someone is a human being — no different to you.

In fact, I dare say that we all have a desire to be creative in our own way. Especially when it comes to creating our lives the way we imagined it to be, and the type of work we want to do and be known for.

We can all feel the shift in the global economy.

We’re seeing constant change in how we work, and how we WANT to work.

That’s why the gig economy and entrepreneurship is booming.

You can throw a rock into the crowd and hit someone who’s got a “side hustle”.

Because more and more people are waking up to the fact that they now have the ability and the tools to create a better future for themselves.

They are choosing to take back their power and their authority, so they can live a better life.

See… creating is the human activity we enjoy the most.

Think about it…

Nobody wakes up in the morning wishing to spend their days constantly fighting fires and resolving issues in their work and life.

We look forward to the moments when we have space in our day to create something new by applying our creativity to better solve problems and to achieve our goals.

THAT part is actually what makes our work and our lives interesting.

If what you do every week is the same damn things over and over, you’ll quickly feel like you’re stuck in a rut going nowhere fast.

Creativity adds “juice” for us.

It spices things up and gives us a sense of joy, surprise and satisfaction!

See how creativity is a gift? 🎁

What bums me out is that most business owners and entrepreneurs don’t see themselves as “Creators” because of their limiting beliefs.

The truth is… without their creative imagination, and their undying desire to make something better, their businesses wouldn’t exist.

Here’s what I know…

When we embrace the idea of becoming a Creator, a world of possibilities opens up to us… which leads us to create better work for the people we seek to serve.

FACT: Almost everything we do in our modern work today has elements of creativity in it… because the information age is largely based on knowledge and communication

Whether we’re creating websites, drafting invoices, creating presentations and spreadsheets, creating SOPs and processes, communicating with clients, writing code, writing articles/books, producing videos, creating podcasts, or producing advertising campaigns.

When you realise that everything we all depend on in our culture, is a collection of creative contributions of the people who came before us…

You might have a different level of appreciation of what it means to create when you see how society has evolved and continues to evolve over time.

The reason why I love the idea of seeing ourselves through the creative lens and adopting the Creator identity is because…

I believe we are here to create our own lives and live our purpose.

But most of all, this is something I’ve personally struggled with in my journey of becoming an entrepreneur, becoming a writer and allowing myself to identify as a Creator…

See, I have a background in music…

I dedicated 8 years of my teens to get good at the piano, spent my time and energy composing and writing songs, put myself through audio school, then followed my dreams to work in the music industry and eventually got paid as a songwriter…

Even after all the hard work and dedication I put in to achieving my goals…

I STILL didn’t see myself as a creative person because I was too busy doubting myself, judging myself, and comparing myself to “other creatives”.

I wasted so much time listening and believing in all the negative chatter in my monkey mind.

I was a bona fide creative person who didn’t think of herself as a creative person, because I didn’t feel worthy to be labeled as a “creative”.

Go figure.

I lived with that limiting belief for 30 years…

That gives you a glimpse into how much I needed to work on my mindset and how important having the right mindset is in life.

Another reason why I struggled to identify as a Creator is because I think like a designer.

Which means, I am a logical thinker because I’m all about achieving maximum effectiveness and efficiency — I hate wasting time, energy and resources re-doing work.

Thanks to my logical brain, I can easily solve a large variety of issues in business and life that shows up as chaos, mess, stress and overwhelm.

Because when I don’t design things with clarity, structure, order and organisation, I find it very difficult to be creative.

Turns out… the more structure and systems you have, the more freedom you’ll feel to create.

So that’s my weird, balanced left and right brain — which made me feel like I never belonged anywhere.

If you’re more “left brained”, I totally get it if you don’t see yourself as a creative person or as someone who has creative potential.

However, as I continue to debunk this limiting belief… You need to start learning to stop listening to the negative chatter in your head, because it doesn’t help.

Even if you don’t consider yourself as a Creator right now, you are creating things in your work and life that you’re not consciously associating with the “activity of creating”.

It’s easy to talk about being a Creator when it comes to “the arts”…

However, every occupation, every skill and every task you do has an opportunity for creativity.

Whether you’re a teacher creating a classroom environment that is a positive experience for your students to learn in…

Whether you’re an accountant creating spreadsheets that are efficient, organised, beautiful and communicate exactly what they need to communicate easily to your colleagues or clients…

Whether you’re a doctor having to pull different pieces of information together to create the appropriate diagnosis to give the right treatment to your patients…

Whether you’re a programmer creating an app or software to help people automate their workflows and processes…

Whether you’re a project manager creating project plans and timelines to better manage the projects you’re in charge of executing…

Whether you’re a business owner creating content like articles, videos, or podcasts to better educate your clients and prospects about your work…

Whether you’re a parent creating yummy and interesting lunches for your kids to get them excited to eat nutritious food…

I hope you can see how creativity can be applied in any field of work you do.

FACT: Creativity doesn’t just exist within “the arts”. Creativity belongs to us as human beings.

I encourage you to broaden your perspective and open yourself up to possibilities, so you can receive the gifts your creativity is here to give you.

When you do, more joy and surprise will come your way.

The most exciting part about this is…

You’ll begin to realise that you have the power all along to create anything you want, no matter what your circumstances are.

That’s when your work and life becomes more interesting and fun!

You might even start asking yourself:

“Hmmm… I wonder what I can create in this situation with what I have right now…?”

If I got your wheels turning, that means you really are more creative than you think. 😉

If you resonate with any of this… then I invite you to explore the idea of what it means to be a Creator, and encourage you to go on the journey of becoming one… and create your own future.

  I’m Jen Kuo — A brand strategist, holistic business coach, consultant, designer, writer, aspiring music producer and personal growth enthusiast.

But really, I’m a multi-passionate creator.

P.S. Some questions to ponder…

What would it mean to you if you start seeing yourself as a Creator?

How would it change the way you see your work and life?

How would you approach your work and life differently?

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