• Rachel Ireland

Where will your creativity take you next?

What do you associate with the word ‘creativity’?

What does it make you think about?

When we talk about creativity, we so often link it to the arts: writing, drawing, painting, crafting...

I’m a huge believer that everyone is naturally creative, and I admit to quite enjoying a debate when someone tells me they are absolutely convinced they don’t have a creative bone in their body.

Here’s why that can never be true.

The definition of creativity is:

the use of imagination or original ideas to create something

We all have an imagination.

We can all daydream, turn our thoughts into action, make things happen, use our hearts and minds and bodies to express ourselves – we do it every time we speak, or work, or make, or set goals.

To be human is to be creative

Words that are associated with ‘creativity’ include:

  • Inventiveness

  • Innovation

  • Originality

  • Individuality

  • Expressiveness

  • Inspiration

  • Vision

  • Resourcefulness

These words could relate to any and all aspects of our lives, and to each and every one of us, not just the roles we may traditionally think of as being ‘creative’.

I thought I’d lost my creativity, for most of my 20s and 30s. The reason I thought that was because I’d stopped writing and playing music, and music was what I associated with my creativity.

It was as I began to write and play music again many years later that I realised my creativity had never actually left me at all. It had been there in the careers I had succeeded at and the businesses I’d built. It had been there when I’d created my websites, designed colour-coded triathlon training plans, tried to get my two children under two onto a feeding and sleep schedule, redecorated the house, designed the pattern for the paving in our garden, project managed our new kitchen, dealt with difficult freelance clients, trained a new puppy, and home-schooled my kids during lockdown.

So here are a few questions to encourage you to think about how your creativity comes out in you.

  1. Can you think of a time when you planned or organised something?

  2. Have you ever had an idea for a product or business or service?

  3. How do you prefer to communicate with other people? Talking, writing…

  4. Can you think of three ways you express yourself? Art, clothing & style, cooking, hobbies…

  5. Can you remember a time when you did something you thought you couldn’t do?

  6. Can you think of a time you made something out of nothing?

  7. Have you ever balanced multiple responsibilities in your life? Work, caring, looking after the home, keeping in touch with friends?

  8. Have you ever solved a problem for yourself, a friend or at work?

  9. What do you do to relax? What activity makes you feel calm?

  10. Have you been through a challenging time at some point in your life, then when reflecting on it later realised it made you stronger and/or more resilient?

The answers you’ve given, and the way the questions have got your mind looking for those answers are all examples of your creativity.

If you'd like to share your answers, as well as telling me whether you think of yourself as a creative person, you can do that underneath the video here.

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