7 Ways to be a Happier Creative
Sometimes us creatives can be hard on ourselves, here are seven ways to be happier in our creative pursuits.
Create Every Single Day
Live the creative lifestyle you want to live by doing something creative every single day. Whatever it is, no matter how big or small, be creative: think, play, make, do — boost your creative confidence by keeping your creativity engaged.
Stay True to Your Vision
Don’t try to be something you’re not; trust that you have a unique creativity that shows in the creative work you produce. Learn from the creatives you admire but don’t try to be them; trying to be something you’re not is tiring and soul destroying. Definite your own personal brand of creativity and live it.
Find your Creative Allies
You need to build a network of like-minded creatives who you can rely on to speak the truth to you, who will tell you what you don’t want to hear, and who will give you the support you need when you need it. Surround yourself with creative allies.
Try Something New
You don’t need to do anything drastic or achieve a creative 180° just play around and see what you can do with a format you’re not familiar with. Use your imagination, don’t take it too seriously; trying new things inspires fresh creativity.
Don’t Judge your Creativity on One Failure
A creative lifestyle involves a whole heap of successes and failures, you can’t judge your creativity based on one or even many failures. Mistakes mean you’re learning and growing as a creative, don’t beat yourself up when you get things wrong — it happens to us all and isn’t a sign of weakness.
Banish Negative Thoughts (and Negative People)
We all have our moments of worry and self-doubt but it’s not healthy to dwell on negative thoughts and be around negative people. Work through these moments of negativity and remove disruptive people from your life. You’re better off without them.
Do Something For The Fun Of It
You don’t always have to be creating for a purpose, sometimes it’s good to do something just for the sheer fun of it. Take time out occasionally to play around, make something that doesn’t have a purpose, let yourself be messy and silly, don’t worry about making mistakes or the end product being something good. Let go, have fun.