When you think about creativity do you think about artistic pursuits such as, painting? photography? and sculpture? Or do you think about graphic design, architecture, or software development? I regularly coach people who have never thought of themselves as “creative”. However, when we start exploring their talents in new ways, we find that there are creative talents hidden in so many of their pursuits, passions, and interests.
Do you remember the first time you started thinking….”Maybe, I’m not a very creative person”? For me, it was the 7th grade art class with Mr. Wall. We were to paint a self portrait. Everything about my self portrait felt wrong and he was very generous with feedback that reinforced that lack of painting skill. As I looked around the room and saw others where eyes looked like eyes and hair looked like hair my first seeds of doubt about my creativity were planted.
Do you have a memory of when you starting wondering if you were a creative person? or compared yourself to others who were more creative than you?
I’ve discovered for myself and others that creativity comes in many versions and once we analyze our talents and strengths we can unlock great swells of creativity. Do you can see any of your creative talents hidden in these examples?
Are you good at…
- Fixing things…Do you come up with ingenious ways of repairing and fixing things that are not working in your home or office? Your talent is a creative problem solver.
- Mentoring….Do you find ways to connect with a mentee so that they can pursue their talents in new ways? Your talent is creative connecting.
- Launching New Projects…Do you not worry about having everything solved before you start, you just know the key first steps to launch a project? Your talent is creative initiating.
- Analyzing Data…Do you have an eye for data that is missing? or data that reveals new trends? Your talent is creative analysis
- What else?
There are so many ways for you to unlock your creative potential. Let’s talk. Perhaps together we can unlock your creative talent to write a book, launch a company, or deliver a creative presentation. What are you longing to do more creatively? Let’s get to know your talents and strengths to unlock your creative potential.
And maybe, you’ll be like me. When I unlocked my creativity I also discover an inner artist. The first time someone asked me…”How long have you been an artist?” my jaw dropped. Yet, more and more I do see the artist in me…it’s in the sand!
Let’s explore your creative talents and then if you want to explore your artistic creative talents check out the Next Avenue Creativity guide.