Our modern world can be pretty brutal to creative types. Rarely do we find a benefactor who nurtures our souls and pocket books like the Medici Family did for De Vinci. We must be our own patron of the arts/ creative coach/ cheerleader. It can be draining for tender souls who just want to create beauty. Proper care and feeding of your creative self is essential.
Tips and Tricks to fuel your creative energy:
- Reduce time spent in the negative. While it’s important to stay current on what’s happening in the world, spending too much time taking in negative news or social media rants will stimulate anger rather than positive creative energy
- Experience someone else’s art. Visit a museum or see a play. Creativity inspires creativity
- Nature is the ultimate energizer. Take a long walk in the countryside. Bike the mountains. Wade in a cool stream. Being in nature takes you out of your own head and feeds the creative soul
- Spend time with yourself. Be still and quiet for a dedicated time each day. Meditation is an excellent way to recharge. Quiet time with a good cup of coffee works too
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We’ve come to the end of the “Love and Honor Your Creative Self” series. Remember: The best way to honor your creative self is to DO YOUR ART! The world needs what you have to offer.
Creative Leadership isn’t just a buzz phrase. It’s a way of life. Finding innovative solutions to old problems. Defining new processes no one has even considered. You – creative person – could change the course of an organization for the better!
Yeah right. I’m not in upper management in my company or on the board of my special interest organization. They won’t listen to me.
As in any situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to present an idea. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Not everyone can see what you see. You’d be surprised how many folks out there have let their imaginations dwindle due to lack of use. The “We’ve always done it this way” mentality is easier. It’s safer. Most people hate change. It scares the hell out of them.
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Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:
- Present your idea along with the benefits (what’s in it for them: time saved, money saved, etc.) to the company or organization
- Show the research you’ve done to prove it is a feasible idea
- Help them to see what you’re talking about by including Powerpoint presentations or other visual aids
- Be patient if they aren’t immediately “wowed” by your idea. You must build trust first.
- Stick with it! Large organizations don’t change quickly. It takes time to turn a huge ship.
Final thoughts: Coffee shop conversations are littered with “I just want to write books, play my music, do my art, etc.” I know I’ve said it too when I’m frustrated. However, we are more than our art. We have the power to inspire change and hope (desperately needed in these times). My challenge to you – Look around you in the day job or organization. Do you see any way you can help to inspire change? Is there an opportunity to encourage growth and bring a little positive light into the situation? If your answer’s “No”, then you are in the wrong job! Go find a place where you can make a difference. The world needs your gift.
In all the world, there is nobody else exactly like you. Dreamer. Beautiful Soul. Creative Person. You have a unique voice with something special to share. The story, painting, song or other art form is anxious to burst from your creative brain and out into the world. It was given exclusively to your creative self. Honor it and your talent.
DO respect your talent by staying true to the story or piece
DON’T completely alter the piece based solely on someone else’s bias
DO listen to your creative instincts
DON’T be swayed by the whims of the fickle market
DO be kind to your Creative Self when inspiration doesn’t immediately come
DON’T take yourself too seriously. Nobody’s perfect
DO be patient. True art takes time and a large amount of effort
DON’T quit when things get hard. Your art is worth the trouble
Congratulations! You’ve typed “The End” on your book. Listed “Fin” on that indie film. Played the last note of your glorious symphony. You’ve earned that great sense of accomplishment. Excellent job!
Hang on! You’re not quite done yet. Things to think about before you shut down your creative projects:
- Putting Artifacts in a Safe Place – You worked hard to gather your research. Who knows when you may need it again?
- Tying Up Loose Ends – Have you handled all the legal (or other) requirements associated with your project such as copyright or obtaining permission to use illustrations, etc.
- Planning a Method to Evaluate Your Project – Are you planning to monitor social media or purchases, etc. to determine the performance of your product? Do you have a strategy to improve performance?
- Improving Your Processes – Have you gathered lessons learned to improve your next project and avoid the same mistakes? See my post “What Can You Learn from Your Last Creative Project?”
Don’t forget the most important step. Celebrate your success!