Your Creativity — How Your Brave Choices Break Down Barriers

your creativity and your courage
Your creativity and your courage…

Your creativity doesn’t come to fruition in a vacuum. There are lots of incremental steps involved.

Courage plays an important role in the creative endeavor. 

As the following quote from van Gogh attests, being creative can often involve overcoming obstacles and breaking through boundaries, both internal and external: “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Your creativity is either stymied or enhanced and energized by your choices. And often, these are choices you make about your boundaries.

That’s one reason I’ve said that being an artist means being a “boundary artist.”

Your creativity and your boundaries…

Being able to set and maintain time boundaries is key to finding the time that you need to create.

Also key is the ability to recognize when a boundary is holding you back or constraining your vision. 

For example, do you carry critical or discouraging voices inside that deflate and distract you?  Is the big No of negativity something that you run up against in your life, either from yourself or those around you?  Have habitual ways of being and seeing put you into a rut?

Your courage is the key…

Setting and maintaining boundaries helps you manage those voices and gives you the space to counter them with positive messages.

And, at the same time, recognizing when it’s important to break down boundaries is the kind of courageous insight that creativity thrives on.

Setting boundaries requires discipline and, yes, courage. This is especially true when your boundary-setting affects other peple. And breaking boundaries is a risk, as many of you well know.  Creativity involves the new and untried.  By definition, it involves the unknown.  Having courage is a fundamental and necessary ingredient in your creative pursuits, because:

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pierce

When you use your creativity to enhance your life, you will develop even more incentive for developing your best ideas and making them a reality.  And remember:

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

So, are you ready to take the opportunity to learn more about exploring and celebrating your brave and inspired self?  

How will you start today?

Here’s more help…

Do you want to empower yourself? Use this powerful Checklist with 15 simple steps to set and maintain strong, clear internal boundaries. The Inner Boundary Checklist helps you follow through on what you say you will do.

Click this link to learn more about this transformative time tool today.

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