What if we just painted what inspired us, wrote what we felt, or composed a piece of music without worrying about the outcome?
We would feel much freer to let our creativity flow by releasing our inhibitions, experiencing more spontaneity, and having a lot more fun.
Many of us paint, write, dance or draw because it is our particular innate expression of who we are, and comes from deep inside us. We are just naturally drawn to certain creative outlets for expressing our individuality. There is an excitement in the process and experience of seeing our unique creations come to life.
However, when we’re too focused on receiving approval, then we lose sight of the simple pleasures in our chosen activities. We are more inclined to concern ourselves with how it will impact, affect or be received by others; rather than enjoying the process of creating or experiencing something important to us.
For instance, if we love to dance but spend our time worrying about whether or not people appreciate our every dance step, then we miss out on the fun and spontaneity of it all. Unless we are going to be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and being judged specifically on technique; then there is no need for doing it a certain way. It is more fun to dance like no one is watching.
When we create and live in a way that takes the focus off our reviews, then our creativity will expand, flow and grow. Having our own unique blend of skills, interests and talents is not only a wonderful gift to us, but it offers a special contribution to the many other inventive projects and performances around us.
After all, it would be a pretty monotonous place if we all wrote, painted, or presented things in the same way.
Do you let your creativity flow or is it blocked by expectations on the outcome?
Think about how differently you would express yourself artistically, if you were not concerned about the results, and then give it a try!