Think of one brilliant idea you’ve had in the last one month. Have your started working on it? Or have you kept it at the idea stage and not started to translate it into reality? What’s stopping you from moving forward with the idea? I’m sure there several factors. But dig deeply and you might find that it is fear that’s holding you back.
Fear blocks creativity.
What are the fears that might hold us back from making our ideas reality?
The fear of failure
Failure brings so many emotional feelings like disappointment, loss, frustration and anger that we would like to avoid. Failure is just too painful.
But without trying there would be no failure. And without failure there would be no lessons to be learned. And without the lessons we would never grow. And where there is no growth there is no creativity.
“Those who understand that failure is inextricably linked with achievement are the ones who learn, grow, and ultimately do well. Learn to fail, or fail to learn.”
~Tal Ben-Shahar, The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life
The fear of being imperfect
We seem to live in a culture of perfection. We must excel or not even try. That is just too much pressure. I can’t begin to count how many abandoned book ideas, draft posts, and even blogs I have because I haven’t got them ‘just right’.
The fear of what other might think
I remember a
friend of mine proudly professing that although I was a good starter, she was one who would follow my lead and then take the idea to a whole new level. She gloated over the fact that although I was the first one in our group to get a Masters degree, she went on to do her doctoral studies! 😉
I humbly admit ( 😉 that I have loads of ideas. In fact, I often tell my husband that I wish someone would pay me for my ideas. I also often start projects with a lot of enthusiasm, invest a lot of myself into them, and then abandon them halfway! What that leaves me with is a sense of guilt and wondering what people might think of my inability to see things through (my
friend’s voice in my ear doesn’t help).
So, often, I will have an idea but not even start to execute it for fear that I won’t see it through.
We must realize that creativity involves risk. And it demands courage.
The folks who are the most productive and creative are the ones who are always getting started. They have a bias toward action. Toward movement. Toward pushing ahead. They don’t wait for the stars to align or the house to be perfectly quiet. They don’t wait for everyone to approve their idea and tell them how great it is. They just do it. They hit the gas and get going. They strike while the idea is hot.
~ Stephen Altrogge, Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff
Does this resonate with you? What fears keep you back from being creative?
And what are you going to do about that fantastic idea you had this month? How are you going to make it a reality?
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