A solution to feeling uncreative

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“I don’t feel very creative.”

Whenever I hear someone say that (or when I catch myself thinking it) I ask the question: what are you working on that allows you to be creative?

If you’re not tackling a creativity-invoking project at work or on the side – or if you’re not attempting to do something out of the ordinary as a hobby or out of sheer tinkering – then you’re not going to feel creative. We call this “routine.”

There’s unfortunately a common confusion between not being creative and not having something to creatively explore.

The former is a fallacy anyway, of course you’re creative. Anyone with a healthy mind has the capacity to be creative under the right circumstances.

Not having something that allows you to express yourself creatively is typically what causes us to feel uncreative, even though it’s not true.

The solution to feeling uncreative is straightforward enough: find something new to work on.

It can be anything. Big or small, a project at work or school or a side project. Something for money or fame or simply to scratch a childish itch of wonder.

The old saying from Picasso makes a lot of sense in this context: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Find something new to work on, something you can really explore, and you’ll discover you had a lot of creative potential wound-up inside of you anyway, you simply didn’t have any way to express it.

Don’t wait for the right project either, start now with your next idea (or a past one).