When was the last time you were creative?
I used to believe that I was only being creative if I was involved in some craft activity. That was until I attended a lecture on Creativity at VOGUEknittingLIVE! in Pasadena, California taught by Sally Melville, a knitter, writer, teacher, designer. Yes, creativity is making something that didn’t exist before. But according to Sally, creativity also occurs every time I fix something that is broken or when I solve a nagging problem. Creativity takes place whenever I approach anything in a new way.
Are you creative?
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.” (President Deiter F. Uchtdorf, 2008)
How does creativity happen?
From a good idea; from brainstorming an idea; as a result of inspiration (heavens know where); and from the result of a lot of hard work. “The universe is made up of processes not things.” –Lee Smolin
What factors foster creativity?
Access to materials; exposure to good role models (individuals who aren’t afraid to experiment with new ideas); an environment where creativity is supported and valued; and an opportunity for persistence practice.
What stands in your way of being creative?
Doubt and the fear of failing are my two biggest obstacles. Doubt in my abilities to accomplish what I set out to create. Fear that what I’m creating won’t turn out like I had intended. If I’m not careful, doubt and fear could stop my creative process before I even get started. Sally pointed out that with creativity; the end product is not relevant. What is relevant is the process. No time spent in being creative – even if I experience failure — is ever wasted. “Creativity is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm,” said Winston Churchill.