WHY SOME INDIVIDUALS ARE UNSURE ABOUT THEIR OWN CREATIVE ABILITIES!
George Bernard Shaw stated, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” Obviously, the latter ones are the visionaries; aka creators or creatives. However, the root of doubt is also implanted in the same ground. Many of us may dream a number of such ‘why nots’, yet never encourage ourselves to push forward with such dreams. What stops us from doing that? Is it just some sort of inertia or is there more behind that inaction?
Noted author and speaker Denise Jacobs wrote in her book ‘Banish Your Inner Critic’, “I was skeptical of my ideas and distrusted my ability to realize them. For fear of producing something that wasn’t any good, I’d go for months without making anything ….. I waited and waited to be dubbed an artist by some all-powerful, all-knowing authoritative source. But that anointing never came.”
It never comes nor gets dropped from the sky for any creative individual. Our society programs our brains to be alike. Be alike in thoughts, be alike in expressions, be alike in appearances. Since the majority of the population patronizes mediocrity, eventually that cipher engulfs us without us realizing we are tranquilizing ourselves. In another way, we are basically trained not to ask the ‘why not’ question!
In an article published in Psychology Today written by Robert Evans Wilson, Jr., he wrote, “Your boss, your co-workers, your friends, and even your family don’t want you to be creative. They resent your trying to change the methods, practices, systems, and rules they are comfortable with. They think you’re a fool for wasting your time and money. Most of all, you’re scaring them by going against the norm.” Now think about the innovators and entrepreneurs who envisioned the transition from vinyl record to cassette tapes and eventually to Compact Discs. What prompted them to even think about changing the medium? And why? But we don’t have to go that far. Just think for a moment about the daily mundane chores of life. Creativity often oozes out within the four walls of a home when a family member suddenly figures out to use a sock as a water filter instead of its known purpose of keeping the foot warm. A person who is not afraid to try new herbs or spices to alter a traditional dish is no less a genius than Gordon Ramsey or Rachel Ray.
The issue is simple. R. Keith Sawyer, Vera John-Steiner, Seana Moran, Robert J. Sternberg, David Henry Feldman, Howard Gardner, Jeanne Nakamura, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi collectively contributed in a book titled Creativity and Development. In this book they wrote, “Many people eventually reach a point at which they feel as if no one believes in them. I reach this point frequently, feeling that no one values or even appreciates what I am doing. Because creative work often doesn’t get a warm reception, it is extremely important that creative people believe in the value of what they are doing. The main limitation on what children can do is what they think they can do. All children have the capacity to be creators and to experience the joy associated with making something new, but first they must be given a strong base for creativity. Sometimes teachers and parents unintentionally limit what children can do by sending messages that express or imply limits on children’s potential accomplishments. Instead, these adults need to help children believe in their own ability to be creative.” Ample such examples are evident in our society.
Without creativity neither personal relationship nor societal structure can sustain. Creativity empowers every human, advances our society and emboldens the creation. So let’s shrug off the self-doubts, shake off the disbeliefs, brush off the skepticisms. Just as we eat, sleep, and poop, our creative ability is an innate part of us. It doesn’t have to be similar to anyone else’s creation. It doesn’t need to conform to preset ideas. It is not necessary to oblige anyone. Let’s not fall into the trap of blindness and mindlessness. Let’s rise. Let’s not forget Pablo Picasso’s words, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Unleash the creativity hidden within you. Let us help you unfurl it. Check out Aseity Creations. Join a workshop. Enroll in a lesson plan. Mingle with likeminded people with Houston Artist’s Commune. Be social, and not socially blind. You are creative not to please others. You are creative because that is your soul’s calling.