Guidepost #6: Cultivate Creativity – Let go of comparison
After diving into all three books by Brene Brown I realized that The Gifts of Imperfection is the perfect companion to the work I do around the effect stress, anxiety, and feeling like enough have on loving your body and living a fulfilling life. To share in these gifts I am writing about a guidepost a week from the book for the next 10 weeks and how to embrace each one. I will also gift a journal prompt with each guidepost for you to use. I love this book and encourage you to pick up a copy!
“Comparison is all about conformity and competition,” and it is the killer of creativity. Conformity and competition make you feel not good enough and can also convince you to keep your gifts or creative outlets closed up. It’s the pursuit of being just like everyone else, only a little better.
With the onset of social media I am seeing a trend. We no longer just compare ourselves to our neighbors, friends, or co-workers. Now we compare ourselves to our 1,000 Facebook friends and their seemingly perfect lives. Or at least what we can see posted on their feeds. Someone recently said to me, “Careful not to compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.” Do you ever feel trapped by comparison?
There’s nothing like feeling like you don’t quite measure up that can keep you from pursuing your own creativity outlets. There is no such thing as a not-creative person. There are just those who choose not to use their creativity. Guess what happens to stifled creativity? It bottles up! Loosen your grip on what how you stack up and get down with your creative self J
Creative outlets do wonders for the mind and body. They are engaging, mindful, and can be full of community. Some favorites of mine are writing, crafting, painting, cooking, and knitting. But there are hundreds, even thousands of creative pursuits! Choose one and start today. And do me a favor, don’t look for the best of the best in your creative pursuit – just have fun with it.
Cultivate Creativity - Set 10 minutes on a timer and place pen to paper. I have two journal prompts for you today!
If I cultivated my creative self, I would try…