by: Vince Russell
Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods or interpretations. We often associate the word creative with those who are musicians, artists, writers, painters, photographers, et cetera.
However, if we read the latter part of the definition, we'll see that a creative is anyone who creates new ideas. For some, this can be scary, as we often like to stick to whatever has already been done. Instead of trying to come up with something new, we often try to imitate other people. We compare ourselves to others, thinking that if we don't succeed like "so-and-so" does, then we are a failure. This could not be further from the truth.
Let's take a look at some ways we can become more adventurous, find our niche and be who we were created to be.
1. Don’t be afraid to try to new things.
The hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, said it best:
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Do you remember this scene in the movie Up when young Ellie radiates with such passion when she talks about her desire to travel and see the world? Little Carl Fredricksen, a shy and quiet one, has no idea what to think about Ellie. He probably thought she was some sort of misfit. Do you remember how the movie ends, though? (Spoiler alert, if you have not seen the film yet.) The two fall in love and Carl ends up venturing out to Paradise Falls, fulfilling the dream Ellie had for herself – all in their house towed by thousands of balloons!
I think for some, our biggest fear exists as one of failure. Ellie was afraid of nothing. She dared to risk. She dared to try new things. Nothing was going to stop that little girl from becoming all that she wanted to be. Remember when you were a child and you felt like you could do anything you wanted to do? What made you lose sight of that? Make today the day you regain the child-like courage and fearlessness you once had.
“Adventure is out there!” – Ellie, Disney Pixar’s Up
What new adventures will you embark on today? What is something new that you can try?
2. Find your niche.
What are you good at? What do you love to do? If you're a writer, what tone and message do you want to convey? What is it that you do that makes you happiest?
For me, my niche is writing and video editing. It took me almost 24 years to find what I was most passionate about. I am now 27 and can say that I truly love writing and video editing. Those are two things that never feel like work for me.
We have all been given specific talents and abilities. The Creator of all things entrusted us with those things and wants us to use them in the best way possible. I thoroughly enjoy producing videos for organizations that I feel want to convey a positive message and whom I feel are doing great things. All of my video work thus far has been just that, and I find peace and fulfillment in knowing that. When writing, it is my goal to always convey a positive message, to challenge others to think beyond themselves and to change the world in whatever way they can.
If you haven't already found your niche, I encourage you to keep trying until you do. You'll feel a huge sense of peace once you do.
What are you passionate about? What do you love doing?
3. Stop trying so hard – stay true to you.
Have you ever felt like you needed to become someone you're not?
Be honest. We've all been there. When we become secure in who we are, we allow others to see that uniqueness in us they otherwise would not have seen.
You were created to be you and no one else. How wonderful is that message? Let the pressure of having to live up to someone else’s expectations flee from you. It is time to stop comparing yourself to others and rest in the peace that you were created uniquely and for a specific purpose.
When David was speaking to God in Psalms 139 he said, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
When thoughts of comparison arise, will you shut them down?
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
How will you make the effort today to try new things, find your niche and remain true to yourself?