5 Ways To Unleash Your Creativity When You Feel Stuck

Feb 20, 2018 | Self Care

 

You are creative in nature. It’s true!

When you’re creatively stuck you can stare at a blank screen for an eternity. You have something to express but the message is extremely difficult to get out.

How do you move forward with your work? How do you recover a sense of safety and inspiration that drives your work into overload?

I’ve been there. I’ve been there hundreds of times. I learned how to unleash my creativity to the point where I can’t write fast enough to get everything on the page. It’s a beautiful feeling. In this article, I’m going to give you 5 tools and insights to help you get unstuck and moving forward with your creativity.

 

1. Let the Haters Hate

Let go of the need to please people. You have to accept that some people aren’t going to like what you have to say. Keep in mind that the critics and trolls of the world are really just stuck creatively themselves.

They’ll comment on all the ways your work was wrong and what you should have done, but they have nothing to show for themselves.

Exposing your work to the world is a very vulnerable and scary experience. It’s way easier for the haters to throw judgment than it is for them to show their own work.
Know you’re already WAY ahead of the curve by putting yourself out there.

The first blog story I ever shared was a disaster. I had a woman called me to say, ‘Oh, I loved it, but here are all the ways you could have done it better’. She went on for what seemed like forever. I didn’t post anything for months afterward.

I ended up writing her a letter in my defense. I never sent it, of course, but I gained my personal power back.

 

 

2. Let Go of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is unattainable. It’s a stupid ideal to pursue. You will never be perfect. If you are perfect, please scroll down to the bottom of this page, press the “contact” button, and email me with the details on how you became the perfect, transcended-God person you are. I’m looking forward to your email.

You need to get it through your head that the world isn’t looking for “perfect”. The world needs people to be real and authentic. Who is more real and authentic than you? You have a unique gift that the world desperately needs to hear.

If everyone waited for everything to be perfect before they exposed their work, the world would have no art. There would be no Mona Lisa, no Moonlight Sonata, there wouldn’t be the modern day iPhone if Steve Jobs strived for perfection.

Strive to make a positive difference in the world, don’t strive for perfection.

 

 

3. Self-Care

The mind, body, and soul are all connected. If you don’t take care of your body, then your mind won’t be in the right place.

If you don’t strive to find meaning in your life, then you won’t have the motivation to get out of your Netflix binge.

I can’t stress how important a meditative and gratitude practice is in balancing your life. Your inner world, i.e. – your thoughts, beliefs, and values, determine the quality of your external world.

Buying a new car isn’t going to bring you happiness, but learning to be truly grateful for the car you have now is transformative.

Learning to disconnect from the thoughts that pop-up in your head give you an opportunity to have power over anxious and destructive thoughts.

 

 

4. Find Your Community

What is your form of creativity? If you love to write like me, go read books that inspire you. Even better– writing a personal letter to your favorite author telling them why you loved their book so much. Go join Facebook groups or Instagram communities where you can share writing ideas and inspiration.

If you are a painter or a sculptor go to an art gallery and soak in all the beauty.
If you are a chef, go out to dinner and try something new.

Find your community. Find people who have similar goals in life. Finding your tribe can help you stay focused. You will find comfort in community. Your tribe can inspire you.

 

 

5. Change Your Environment

Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need. Go for a walk somewhere beautiful. Go out to retail stores just to look at different products.

Sometimes even rearranging the furniture in your house and create a new energy to work with.

If you feel stuck then that’s a huge sign that something needs to change.

You might even need to distance yourself from people who are holding you back, even if it’s your mom. Is it time to find a new job? Create a space for yourself where you feel supported and safe to just let your ideas run wild.

 

So instead of staring at a blank screen or page, just start. Let go of the need to be perfect and the need to please others. You can’t be stuck if you keep moving forward in your life. Let the work make it as it comes out of you. Share your unique gift with the world. We need you. The world needs you to share your story and gifts.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Randa

    I love this post! It’s so straightforward and so honest. Honesty is rare on the Internet these days. Thanks for the tips! I will be pinning this to refer to when I get creativity block again.

    Reply
    • Nicole

      Thank you! I really appreciate that! 🙂 Happy creating!

      Reply

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