The Secret to Being Creative

We all suffer from artist’s block at some point. But knowing how to combat that creative slump before it even happens will keep you working toward your goals. Through this inspiring video, Shawn Blanc shares his simple method for overcoming the obstacles that stifle our creativity:

“Creativity is a practice. A journey. A lifestyle.”

Creativity is not just something that some people have and some people don’t. It’s a skill that must be developed and maintained. And Blanc believes there is one secret that will keep your creativity flowing: having fun.

When you make what you’re doing fun and light-hearted, ideas flow freely. The problem is that this is often easier said than done.

How can you make sure your art continues to be fun?

It’s quite simple, really. First, identify anything that extinguishes your creativity and keeps you from having fun, and then replace those imposters with things that encourage creativity.

Things that Stifle Your Creativity

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Enemies of Creativity

These enemies of creativity tell us to quit. They cause burnout. They distract us from our dreams. But we don’t have to let them run our lives. Instead, surround yourself with things that will make you thrive as an artist.

Things That Encourage Your Creativity

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Cultivators of Creativity

  • Community encourages you to work hard.
  • Goals make your ideas happen. They prevent inaction.
  • Trust yourself. Know that you are a great contributor to the creative world.
  • Experience helps your skills grow and develops your confidence.
  • Rest lets you recharge. It gives you room for new ideas.
  • Diligence keeps you accountable and gives you direction each day.

“When we’re having fun it usually means we feel safe to dream big and take new risks. Not to mention having fun gives us a natural boost of energy that helps us to persevere and bring our ideas to life. However, having fun is not the premier goal in the fight to stay creative. The goal, the hope, is that we can do our best creative work day in and day out for years to come.”

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One Comment

  1. Stuart D says:

    Great video and that contents of it are something that I’m trying to ensure I live by daily. Thanks for sharing.

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