6 Things You’re Doing That Blocks Your Creativity

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Are you suffering from a bout of creative block?

Maybe you tell yourself, “I wish I were more creative, but I don’t feel like there is a creative bone in my body!”

The good news is you are a lot more creative than you think. There’s a good chance that there are some things in this list that may be killing your creativity.

1 Not Reading Enough

Reading helps get those creative juices flowing. A good book can take you on a journey, allow you to meet new characters, and help you to visualize things that can only exist in your mind. Most writers and artist attribute reading a lot to their success. Aim to carve out time, preferably a couple hours a day to read. If you can’t get in two hours, do your best to get in as much time as you can. Cut out some TV or time spent surfing the internet to find time more time to read.

2 Spending Too Much Time On Social Media

You can only watch so many cat videos, like and share fake news posts, looks at what everyone is eating for lunch, and retweeting celebrities, before your brain turns to mush. When you spend more time sharing others opinions and ideas rather than forming your own, it doesn’t take long for your creative muscle to start to atrophy.

3 Waiting For Inspiration

I forget who said something along the lines of, “I don’t know when inspiration may strike, but should it come between the hours of 6 to 10 in the morning, I will be at my typewriter working when it does.” Don’t wait until you feel inspired to write, paint, photograph, etc. Olympic athletes put in hours and hours of practice, repetition, and going through the motions to get to place of a conditioned athlete. It’s the same for the creative arts. So, you don’t feel inspired – Create anyways.

4 Not Taking Action When Inspiration Does Show Up

On those rare occasions when inspiration does come, take action immediately. Always keep a small notebook and pen with you to capture those ideas right then (This post came from a list of creativity killers that came to me while walking through the grocery store). Decide what the next step is to implement that idea and do it. Make a phone call, draw a quick sketch, take a snapshot. Just don’t let anytime pass without taking some kind of action.

5 Comparing Your Work To Others

Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It is also the thief of creativity. You are the only you there is in this world. Create your art, not a copy of someone else. Create things that you love, that inspire you. If you do this, you will always have an audience that loves your work.

6 Not Allowing Yourself To Be Bored 

We have become a society that thinks boredom is a bad thing. We feel the first twinges of boredom and we reach for the smartphone or turn on the TV or music. The thing is, boredom always comes before a period of great creativity. In the un-comfortableness of boredom, creativity whispers. With all of the quick fix distractions we instantly reach for, we drown out that whisper. Learn to embrace the boredom and listen for that gentle whisper. The more you listen, the louder it will get.