What if you measured your wealth based on how creative you were, not how much money you make?
This month, we’ll be focusing on acknowledging, expressing, and cultivating our “creative capital” – the intrinsic assets you have to dream, design, and develop new ideas! Here are four of my favorite strategies as you start exploring and enhancing your “creative capital.”
Acknowledge Your Inputs
Authors Derek Partridge and Jon Rowe distinguish between two types of creativity. They claim that we use input creativity to solve problems and make sense of the world based on what we perceive – from listening to music to reading inspiring books.
Then we use output creativity to produce something based on what we’ve taken in or what we’ve absorbed through our senses, both consciously and subconsciously.
It’s time we looked at creativity as more than the results of our outputs and also acknowledged the potential in our creative inputs.
Imagine that you’re a sponge with an enormous ability to soak in new knowledge, inspiration, and insight. This state is the first step to cultivating creative capital.
How many times a day do we feel like (or even say) we don’t have enough time, enough money, enough talent, enough…?
So often, we view the world from a scarcity mindset where resources are restricted and competition is fierce. Here, to get ahead, you have to step on someone and push them down to claim your territory…or do you?
One of the things I love the most about developing creative capital is that creativity invites us into more – deeper insight, new opportunities, and broader learning about ourselves and others. In this way, creativity sparks an abundance mindset that is so counterintuitive in our competitive society today.Creativity invites us into more – deeper insight, new opportunities, and broader learning. Click To Tweet
Imagine what your life would look and feel like if you claimed that there simply is enough of whatever you need…
All the new ideas.
Enough blank canvases.
Plenty of shared passion to go around.
We are continually and constantly creating.
As creative beings, our enoughness is overflowing and continually reproducing and replenishing. By approaching your work from this abundance mindset, you become part of a creative cycle where there’s more than enough to go around…and still some leftover! In this way, creativity is a collaborative venture, rather than a competitive one and creative capital is limitless.
Let Go of Certainties
If I already knew everything, then where would creativity live? I remind myself of this when my inner control-freak kicks into high gear (don’t worry, she’s quite nice once she’s calmed down).
Erich Fromm said, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” So often, it feels much safer to know. But what’s lost in this place of certainty?
If we are tied to being right, we are not open to the possibility.
And it is possibility itself that S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S us!
Embrace the unknown and allow it to fuel your creative potential. You have willing to be surprised. Be courageous. Let the uncertainty was over you.
Expand Your Thinking
Regularly exercising creativity expands your thinking.
Use the suggestions below to activate a sense of expansive thinking and creativity in your life:
- Redefine Reality. Like a superhero, think about everything that could be possible and then find the reality in the dream.
- Entertain the Wacky. Encourage a playful and lighthearted spirit when brainstorming and see what zany ideas result!
- Be Bold. No innovative endeavor was a result of an ordinary action. Get outside your comfort zone and to see where boldness leads.
As you put these strategies into play in your life, I encourage you to treat this process as one big adventure. When you have a curious mindset about how creative you are and can be, the space for self-criticism, doubt, and fear shrinks (and even disappears!). People who thrive the most use their creativity to explore what is possible. Creative people design lives that provide excitement each day. Let’s see what you create!
Be the Revolution,