What is stopping you from trying a new creative activity?Sep 26, 2022
In my travels as host of the podcast and founder of the Creativity Found directory and membership – aimed at uniting the creatively curious with the creativity confident, and transporting adults from creative suppression to freedom of expression – I have heard it all. All the reasons for NOT starting a creative pastime, all the excuses you tell yourself so you don’t take that – often scary – first step to getting creative, and all the barriers that novice and experts alike have faced.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- I don’t know where to start.
- I worry about what other people will think.
- I’m too old to learn something new.
- I don’t have time to spend on myself.
- I should just stick with what I have always done and know I am good at.
- I’d love to try something new that isn’t based around my work and other responsibilities, but am afraid I won’t be any good at it.
- What if I embarrass myself?
- I’ve got more important things to be doing around work and family.
- I’m afraid to go out of my comfort zone.
- No-one else I know feels the same as me.
- I can't draw/paint/sew/sing.
- I can't afford to buy equipment or pay for classes.
- . . . and many more like those.
You may feel you are completely alone in these beliefs about yourself. But guess what? You’re not.
And if you don’t believe me, you can hear it from Creativity Found podcast guests,
- On the show
- At the online meetups as part of our membership
- In an exclusive, bonus episode of the Creativity Found podcast
I’ve collected new interviews and combined them with clips from existing episodes to illustrate the barriers and fears that EVERYONE faces when they decide they want to try a new – in this case creative – endeavour.
So, if you relate to any of the statements I just made, then sign up here to receive access to this unique episode that is only available to subscribers, and features advice from professional artists and crafters that have all had their fair share of colly-wobbles, and want to help you to get past your concerns and get started with getting creative.
And, check out more blogs where I aim to help you understand these barriers and get past limiting beliefs.
Creativity Found Collective
The Creativity Found Collective is a membership for artists and crafters who share their creative skills with grown-ups through workshops, online courses, products or subscriptions. It is also a membership for business-support enterprises who use their expertise to help those artists and crafters to grow their businesses.
We promote their offerings on the website and connect them with a network of like-minded business owners.
All of this is backed up by the Creativity Found podcast, in which I chat with grown-ups who have found or re-found their creativity later in life.
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