What to do when you have a ‘Fear of Creativity’


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What to do when you have a ‘Fear of Creativity’

Whether you were praised for your creativity or shunned for it, we all have a story of where we have been on the receiving end or witnessed someone being treated differently once they expressed their creative gifts with the world.

Creativity is an amazing power that we all have and with all power comes responsibility.

I know we are all creative and that expressing our creativity is one of the best ways to support and uplift ourselves and the community, that being said I also know that so many of us ‘myself included’ hold ourselves back from really sharing our gifts with the world.

Let’s take a close look at the Fear of Creativity and unlock a few concepts so you can move forward and express yourself creatively even when you’re feeling scared. 

Has it all been done before?

So you have an idea to create something, to write a book, to launch a new T-shirt brand, but you stop yourself because, it’s been done before, you remember that saying ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ and stop yourself from even committing your idea to paper OR you do your research  and find someone else has launched that app, that book, that clothing line, well there are millions of love songs out there – it doesn’t mean that songwriters should stop singing about Love. Myspace was the hot spot for all teens when I was growing up, what if  Mark Zuckerberg decided not to create Facebook because Myspace already existed? The truth is, no one on this planet has done ‘that thing’ the way that you can do it and someone needs your product or service in the way that only you could offer it!

You are good enough!

Many of us have a fear that what we’ve created is not good enough. This could stem from a deeply rooted belief that others need to validate our creative works to decide if it’s worthy of being shared.

I remember in art class, we would draw and have our artwork critiqued by the teacher, I wonder how many creatives had their dreams of being an artist dashed by receiving poor marks from their teacher, obviously in a classroom environment they are marking your work against the curriculum, against technique, but creative expression exists outside of the typical guidelines, and as creatives (which we all are) there has to become a time when you give yourself permission to decide that you are good enough now! Just as you are today.

Your work will be rejected, people will not like what you create

 this is a fact, the moment you share your creative works with the world, you’ve put your workout into the world ready to be criticised so turn to this quote

“A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor. They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance. The problem is, when we stop caring what people think and stop feeling hurt by cruelty, we lose our ability to connect. But when we’re defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable. Therefore, we need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” – Brené Brown Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution

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Do you have any fears about sharing your creativity?

What helped you remove those fears?

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  • What a great article Tracy! So much about tapping into your creativity is being able to forgive yourself while you wade through the difficult parts and the fear that it unleashes. Here’s another quote you might like if you haven’t read it already:
    “Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.”― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

    • mstracydurrant

      Hey Nathalie, Thank-you, one of my fav books around creativity! this reminded me to pull it out again this week 🙂