Recently I wrote an article around claiming your creativity. As I wrote I could feel passion bubbling up inside of me. I am creative (one notch more creative than business-like in the left-brain/right-brain test), and I am my happiest when I am surrounded by creative people. “Who are creative people?” you may ask. Years ago I would explain the answer with specific examples of graphic designers, art directors, writers, painters, musicians and so on. Now I tend to simply say, “Creative people are those who say they are creative.” Notice, it’s not enough to know you are creative, you must admit it. You must say it outloud. You must claim your creativity.
Several weeks ago I connected with a creative group on Meetup.com. Please understand that I am the type of person who only joins a group when I am confident that not only I want to commit to it but also that I have the time, energy, resources, etc. to jump right in. So after being an assistant organizer of a music-related Meetup group for close to a year, I joined the creative group. As I read the group’s description, a book that is on my to-read list was showcased. The book The Artist’s Way has come up three times in a matter of weeks, so I took that as a sign to join the group (and bump the book up to the top of my list). After filling out my bio in which I first said,
“While I love art, design, music, and specifically singing and playing the ukulele, my real passion is coaching & consulting creative people so they finally feel satisfied even when they have previously felt stuck,”
I found out that the organizer of the group is also a coach! Yesterday, we met for tea (for her) and coffee (for me) where we must have sounded like giggling teenagers with a crush (only we were discussing coaching, business, marketing, and creativity). Stories were spilling out of me almost faster than I could say the words, and I was absorbing her experiences as if I were watching a movie trailer. As with many times throughout this last year, the fact that career coaching is what I am meant to do was blindingly evident. Her passion for helping others find or reignite their creativity was refreshing, and I couldn’t help but think about the final line in my article, “When you claim your creativity, you are powerful.”
The more I focus on my career coaching business’s niche market of graphic designers and advertising creatives, the more creative my thinking around my business has become. It’s no coincidence that as I invited creativity to take center stage in one of my articles that it has begun to show up more and more in my work and life.
With that, I encourage you not only to claim your creativity but also invite it to be a part of every aspect of your life. If you’re like me, you’ll feel more fulfilled than you even thought possible.