Quiz for Creative People

By: LeonardoTrait
One of the most important questions I can ask myself is,

Is Fear Hobbling My Creativity?

Many creatives, hearing this question, immediately shake their heads, stop their ears, and say, "Fear has no effect on my creativity."

How said, if true, which it almost certainly is not.

Fear brings with it tremendous energy. This energy, when trapped, paralyzes creativity and freezes forward motion. The creative uses the trapped energy to worry and fret.

When the energy of fear is played, like a viola, then the creative imagination hums. Fear's energy becomes beautiful work, gold from straw.

But if fear has no effect . . . if this thought- and work-provoking energy is ignored, then the deepest creativity remains buried.

Fear is a great source of energy, and great creatives learn to use it.

If the answer to "Am I paralyzed by fear" is yes, the answer to that is to begin to work in the midst of fear and turn out excellent results in spite of the fear. It comes, if slowly.

For those who believe fear has no effect on their work, it may be time to place themselves in fear's way, experience fear's energy, and learn to use its power to be exquisitely creative.

Fear is simply energy to be captured and used. Paralysis is optional. Engagement is not.

I think the problem many creatives have is with the idea of fear, rather than its reality. They mistakenly believe that if they are good enough, if they are doing it right, if they are real pros, they will not be afraid.

This is absolutely not true. Barbra Streisand's ongoing stage fright is a good example.

Fear is just a sign that you're working. Keep working, and use the energy. Ignore the fear, don't wait for it to go away.

What Am I Doing Today Creatively?

This third question may seem like a fairly mundane, unnecessary one, but I find it very important.

Sometimes days go by when I don't do anything creative because I'm doing "other work" to support my creative work. That's understandable, but it is crucial to exercise your creative muscle.

The more creative I am, the more creative I am.

If I do not make time each day to do at least one thing that is creative, I find myself "feeling" less creative, and the less creative I feel, the less creative I want to be.

How creative I "feel" has nothing to do with how creative I am, but it certainly has an effect on how creative I actually am.

Today, as I write this article, I am not "feeling" creative. I'm "feeling" tired. I want to take a nap. But obviously I am not napping, and I am being creative, which proves my point that feelings have nothing to do with it.

Doing one, or two, or a dozen, creative things each day can only improve our creative potential. Taking a nap, or six, can help, as well, but only if we're doing the work each day.

The creative potential of naps is directly proportional to the creativity generated by doing creative things.

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