A person doodling abstract lines and dots versus a person tracing superman out of a comic sets the difference between one having to use their imagination or not. Visualizing a result and making it happen makes one be known as a creative. But, any distractions and ones vision becomes blurry.
Creativity demands focus, and it’s hard to concentrate if you’re getting divorced, dealing with a teething toddler, battling an addition, falling out with your best friend, grieving someone special, moving houses, or locked in a dispute with a neighbour. If you’re lucky, you’ll only have to deal with these kinds of things one at a time-but troubles often come in twos or threes.
McGuinness, Mark. Manage Your Day-To-Day. Las Vegas: Amazon Publishing, 2013. Print.
A lot of shit happens in life, but its all about perspective when we react to these ordeals. Do you engage in these issues and make a sad love story out of it, or do you use it as ignition to keep creating after acknowledging the inevitable? Either or, both of these choices enables you to be creative because both enables one to continue to create. There should be no fear in creation because fear is another distraction.
From childhood to adulthood there are so many distractions. So many opportunities for judgement and being wrong. But “if you’re not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original,” a line from one of my favourite TED Talks from Ken Robinson.
So, what does it take to stay creative? Don’t be distracted.