There’s no better person to get to know than yourself. Many people spend a lifetime trying to discover their true selves or their purpose in this world.
Getting to know yourself better is key to finding your career purpose. When we know who we really are and what we enjoy we’re better equipped to choose a professional path that is aligned to the truest version of who we want to be.
The good news is that there are countless ways you can get to know yourself better. One of those ways, which is often overlooked, is embarking on creative endeavors!
Purposefully embracing your creativity can help you learn more about yourself in the process. Here are a few ideas to get you started and the biggests self discovery lessons you can learn from each.
Apply creativity in unexpected ways.
Think that the only true creatives out there are starving artists that shudder themselves in the studio working late into the night? Think again.
Creativity can apply to anything from making a meal, applying your makeup, negotiating a salary or developing a business plan. In fact, approaching everyday challenges or career ventures with creativity may help you achieve your ultimate goals more easily.
You can tap into your creative juices just about anytime, when you’re creating anything. This is an incredible way to stretch your improvising skills and discover how flexible and intuitive you really are.
The next time you’re preparing dinner and you run out of a key ingredient, or you’re pitching a new idea to your boss, get creative! You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can come up with. And even if the meal is not a hit or your idea went over like a lead balloon at the office, remember, at least you found a little more of your ability to improvise, be flexible and intuitive and those are great skills to practice in your journey of self-discovery.
Give yourself permission to create crap.
Many people cease to take action when they are not sure what actions to take or if they feel their idea is not “ready”. This way of thinking can squash your creativity. In fact, I promise you that it will.
By giving yourself permission to create less than perfect products, ideas, art, whatever, you allow yourself to get into the creative flow and just create!
People tend to be most creative when they are in a good mood. And being in a creative flow tends to put people in a good mood. Around and around it goes from there! But it’s nearly impossible to get in your creative flow when you’re judging yourself or the work you are creating, so cut yourself a break!
I used to be the worst at this. Perfectionism plagued me. I would buy a beautiful notebook for journaling or writing down my ideas, but then I would judge the silliest things, like my hand writting or the fact that I crossed out a line or two. I would actually rip out pages and re-write my notes at times, or get mad at myself if I missed a day, eventually not taking any action because it wasn’t perfect. I know, it was insane. But I bet you’ve been there too in one way or another.
Go ahead and allow yourself to create crap and ditch perfectionism. Once you start, I promise it gets easier. By doing so you’ll discover greater levels of happiness and a broader sense of self-acceptance for yourself and your work. Now who wouldn’t want that!
Finish your work and share it.
No one ever profited from work that was not complete. One of the greatest feelings you can get through your creative endeavours is to finish your work!
Finishing your work will require you to embrace that self-acceptance that I spoke about earlier. It will require you to diligently work on your project until completion. But what do you do after you allow yourself to be less than perfect and you complete your creative work or project? You have to share it!
Sharing your creation is a valuable way to tap into your own vulnerability. It can be scary to put your work out there. People that create often expose their emotions, memories, beliefs and flaws through their work and that can be an extremely intimidating thing to do.
But, it can also be incredibly empowering and powerful to open yourself up to others. It can be as simple as sharing that painting you created with your friends on facebook, or reading that poem you wrote to your book club. Or sharing your creative career or business idea with your partner. When you create and share you’ll learn the things that breathe energy into your life. These are the same things that you should consider seeking out for your career purpose.
You can explore your own creativity and experience self discovery, but you have to actually put your work out there in order to fully be vulnerable and uncover more of yourself.
It’s easy to judge or critique from the nosebleed seats. Stepping into the ring and taking a couple punches on the chin takes real courage.
Wherever you are on your path to finding yourself and your dream career, consider exploring your own creativity to further your growth. There’s a whole lot you can learn through the process!
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