Creativity: 5 Reasons to Take the Leap

Maybe you’ve dreamed of writing a great novel. Perhaps you want to take up painting. What’s stopping you? Chances are it’s a combination of things that holds you back. Stop making excuses.

5 Reasons to Take a Creative Leap

  1. Builds Discipline: Creativity takes discipline. You have to set goals and commit to reaching them. If you want to write a book, you need to set aside a certain amount of time each day. If you want to perform music, you need to practice regularly. This discipline will carry over into other areas of life. Sounds like a win/win to me.
  2. Forces You Out Of Your Comfort Zone: Too often we get stuck in a comfortable place. Comfort is overrated. Some of the most successful people in the world become successful by stepping out of their comfort zones. Creativity can help us to step out of our comfort zone. Taking healthy risks by learning new talents is admirable. It will make you a stronger potential employee or partner.
  3. Helps Break Bad Habits: I used to watch too much TV. I’d stay up late zoning out. It was a bad habit. When I started writing, I stopped watching TV. Most of us have more time than we want to admit. Think about it. Add up your TV, tablet, and social media time. You could get a lot done with that time. Creativity can take the place of less healthy habits.
  4. Uncertain Endings: One of my favorite things about writing fiction is that I don’t know how the story is going to end. Heck, I don’t even know if I’ll reach the end. But it makes writing exciting and fun. Uncertainty is a part of life. Creativity can help you learn to become more accepting of uncertainty.
  5. You’ll Have Fun: Let’s face it. We all like to have fun. Practicing a creative hobby allows you to have fun and gain a new talent at the same time. Plus, you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction when you complete a project. Stick with it and you’ll continually improve. That’s even more fun.

Creativity Builds Confidence

David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create:

So if you’ve been teetering on the edge of taking the leap into creativity, you’re running out of reasons not to jump. Discipline, fun, and confidence are all great reasons to start a creative project today.

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