Overcoming Fear to be Creatively Confident

From the time you were a child to now, how creative have you been? If not at all, why not? You are already a creative person filled with ideas that you are not using to your advantage.

The book I recommend is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley. These brothers, partner and founder of the IDEO organization look at the idea that people are creative even though many don’t consider themselves being so.

The bottom line is where you may have experienced a negative event when you were a child trying to be creative and innovative when other people made judgments or criticized your work. You then became sensitive to what was said and took it to heart. That may have been enough for you to stop showing how creative you wanted other people to see.

On the other hand, in school when your classmates gradually stopped being creative and innovative, you stopped as well. This is where Gordon McKenzie, a creative director from Hallmark Greeting Cards documented the faded work of creativity in schools had taken place. He observed that children in both kindergarten and first grade felt they were two-handed artists when McKenzie asked “How many artists are in this room?” He found that beginning in fourth grade the number of creatives faded to about 5o percent. Then in sixth grade, the number of creative artists dwindled to only 2 or 3 in a classroom of 25 to 30 children.

Since everyone is creative, most people don’t use their creative thinking in putting out the effort to think of ideas they can work on. Instead, they believe they are not creative and keep that inside themselves as a fear. Fear is the single biggest obstacle people face to creative success.

In order to reduce even eliminate your fears regarding creativity and regain your creative confidence, Stanford University Psychologist Albert Bandura developed Guided Mastery. This problem helps you look at your beliefs, effectiveness and how to improve through gradual successful activities. These creative activities get harder over time. They also address the fears you have and help you move forward. Understand that if you are not confident, your fears will block you from becoming confident.

Creativity and innovation is widely accepted as a driving force behind your business thriving beyond survival mode. Most employers today hire people who are creative and innovative. They must demonstrate this during job interviews with various creative questions asked of them. These go beyond the question accordingly Microsoft asked when they first started with Why is a Manhole Cover Round?”

In understanding Creative Confidence, you will begin to understand how you can create a better you through unleashing your creative potential beyond your expectations.

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” -Edward de Bono

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Courage and Confidence as Your Tools for Creativity

“Courage is the key which unlocks your potential, resisting fear which may try to halt your forward movement. Vibrancy in life will happen when you go after life with determination and courage.”

– Dr Anil Kumar Sinha

What could you achieve if you only had some nerve?

Just like everyone else, you are creative. You have a lot of ideas in your head and want to express them. The problem is you are afraid of what others might say about your ideas or at least about your produced results. Even great leaders lack self-confidence at certain times.

Here is a tip to help you be creative and have a different perspective of what you do, think and feel.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -Benjamin Mee

For obstacles to become opportunities, you need the courage and self-confidence to make things happen. I’m not going to say that it will not be a little difficult at first. You may be scared to create what your idea is. That’s because you don’t like to be judged or criticized.

Maybe in letting this happen, you may be surprised to the find that those who criticize or judge you don’t understand what being creative really is. Most likely they are not creative. The other part of this is that you may find some people are not criticizing you; instead they are giving you feedback you need to look at for a greater creative or innovative result. That is the plus or positive you need to build on your self-confidence.

“Two times the number of confidence added by a dozen of courage is a formula for unstoppable success.”

– Unknown

The idea of having the courage to do things is when you actually take action on your generated idea. This is where you can act “as if” you are confident, think with a positive attitude, speak assertively and take advantage of your strengths, skills and talent in being creative.

The confidence is when you can accept what others say to you and not let it bother you as in bringing you down. Many people have a bounce back resilience and don’t let setbacks hold them back. As a creative person knows that it’s a mindset that takes effort to maintain when the going gets rough.

“Some people tell you what you should and shouldn’t be. Who said you had to obey them? Who made it a law? Nobody. Don’t let anyone else dictate your life. Don’t let people speak for you. Speak for yourself and stand by yourself whatever it takes.”

– Brad D Roza

Essentially, the more ideas you generate get up the courage to take action on them. You will find that your confidence will follow suit. Take actions every day to build your self-confidence as this gives you the courage to generate the ideas you have and want others to see.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

– Aman Dhanda

Leaders Shifting Gears to Hire Introverts

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

-Carl Jung

Let’s start with the fact that most leaders help their employees produce greater results. It is the creative leader who has employees that generate ideas, create these ideas and produce them as breakthrough results. These creative leaders hire people who are creative and innovative. They do not hire people just to fill a vacancy. This is because their organization is that of being creative and innovative with these types of results.

Building a creative and innovative organization, leaders look to see who will generate and create business results that will help the company thrive beyond survival mode. Shifting from a traditional way of doing business to a non-traditional way requires leaders to do things differently overall. A creative organization will require a culture that is open to new ideas and insight, and where people are encouraged and rewarded for providing novel and groundbreaking ideas.

Every company is different and has different levels of innovation. Organizational leaders have wanted to be creative and innovative for some time and in most respects don’t know how or where to start. All CEOs would love to have people at every level who voice their ideas and take the initiative to implement those ideas. However, there are few people who have the confidence or drive to do so.

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”

-Barbara Januszkiewicz

In come introverts, those individuals you would not expect who spend more time and thought reflecting and thinking about ideas. In today’s corporate boardrooms, creative introverts might be completely overlooked and go unnoticed. Leaders need to tout all of their employees. Introverts have been found to generate greater ideas for creativity and innovation than most extroverts.

Introverts who are creative and innovative typically are known as “Ambiverts”. These individuals are able to interact well with extrovert. Essentially, an ambivert is someone who has a personality that is in between an introvert and extrovert. They can interact longer with extroverts without recharging these batteries after short periods of time as introverts do in general.

Creative introverts typically observe their surroundings for anything and everything, as well as question “Why” things are the way they are, and they listen to what is said about things. This helps introverts draw their own conclusion about things. On top of this, introverts do their homework by researching things they think about and want to know about. These findings help introverts think before talking about the things they want to say.

Besides, introverts ask thought provoking questions that help generate ideas for the specific topic or problem of the moment. As an ambivert, these introverted individuals are able to express their ideas without judgments or criticisms. This is what helps them be courageous enough to have the self-confidence to be creatively confident in working with a team of people who work very well generating and creating ideas for solving the problems, challenges and difficulties they are assigned to work on together.

“Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.”

-Gary Ryan Blair

Welcome introverts/ambiverts into your workplace for being on your team to generate and create solutions you need to move your organization’s needs going forward.

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Rekindle Your Creative Side

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. –  Dee Hock

Tossed back into the closet collecting dust just might be your creative thinking from your past. Most likely you were given a problem, challenge or difficulty to solve and need to use your creative thinking skills. Besides thinking back to when you used your creativity last and what made you stop stayed on your mind for some time.

If you have an idea, keep it to yourself at first. Use a notebook and write down your thoughts, opinions and ideas about it. When you feel comfortable, ask other people about your idea.

Don’t seek perfection. Most ideas that are generated don’t come out perfect at first. They need to be worked on a little before it can start to be created and produced.

If you fear rejection, judgment, or even uncertainty, maybe your idea needs to be worked on a little. Working in a company that is creative and innovative, there are many people who can work with you to help smooth out the rough edges. They may even give you feedback that will not hinder you, instead help you bring out more of yourself within your idea.

Finally, take a risk. Make it a small one. Talking with other people about your idea may be a risk for you. Expect the unexpected. Have a back-up plan that shows you are taking a calculated risk if your first part does not work.

There is more to these specific areas mentioned above. This is just a taste of what you need to think about in order to begin shifting your thinking skills to the next level of being creative.

Welcome being more open for greater creative ideas and opinions.

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Rejuvenate Your Creativity

How are you fueling your creativity? To help better understand where creativity comes from and more importantly how creativity impact you, here are some creativity tips to help you move forward with your creative thinking skills.

“Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.”  -Bill Watterson

These tips will help you re-think your creative thoughts, opinions and ideas for you to get back to generating and creating ideas

Expect to Have Ideas

The first step is to get rid of the belief you have of yourself such as “I’m not a creative person”. Drop any preconceived notions that ideas are reserved just for a privileged few. That’s often enough to have ideas start coming to you.

Spend Time with Creative People

Spend some time being with people who are creative. In doing so, you may find something within you that sparks your creative inspiration.

Be Spontaneous –Do the same things too many times, and your mind wears down and loses its edge; therefore, stimulate your thinking with new experiences. Try out that new restaurant down the block, or better yet, try cooking a new recipe yourself; vacation to an interesting, foreign place; listen to a new genre of music; check out a play at a new theatre company; or, even, take a different route to the office! Any change to the ordinary will give your mind a much-needed jolt of energy.

Experiment with Trial and Error: Become a Kid Again

Take a piece of paper and some crayons and draw whatever you want. When you are finished, ask yourself,  “What did I draw and why is it important to me?” Maybe trying a new recipe for dinner and call it an “ED”, or Experimental Dinner. As an experiment, here is the simplest thing you can do. Paint a wall of a rainbow. Or you can use crayons to draw a rainbow. See how you like it. If you have children or grandchildren, put your rainbow picture up on your refrigerator. See who comments and what they say about it.

You can try going to work a different way, or even trying a different item on the menu of your favorite restaurant. The point here is to be a little daring.

Embrace Your Problem

This one is a little bit of a challenge. Whatever your problem is, understand it to the point that you can re-frame the problem into a question. Then break it down into small pieces. By asking questions about it, you can solve the problem. Start with small situations and gradually work your way to harder ones.

Take a Risk

The tough part for many people is how and where to start being creative. These tips and our first video will start you becoming creative. O.K., I admit it, the hard part is having you use your skills and talent to be creative in your thinking for your ideas to become reality.

If you need help in moving to the next level of your creative success, contact me for creative consulting sessions.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

Believe You Are Creative?

“Creativity is as much about the ability to come up with ideas as it is about the courage to act on those ideas. He calls it creative confidence” -Tom Kelley

Do you consider yourself creative? Many people do not consider themselves as being creative. Typically, you hear “I’m just not creative,” or “I can’t do that”, or “I’m not good enough to do anything like that.”

Believing you are creative begin with you being a leader to take charge of your creativity. This is where you begin showing others that you can be creative and be a leader in generating and creating business breakthrough results.

The problem lies somewhere in your past where you were creative at one time, and then because some told you, “That does look anything like what you said”, you took it personally and stopped being creative. Gordon McKenzie, a former Hallmark Creative Director, went to each grade in schools and noticed the wonderful art work. He asked the magic question to “How many artists are there in the room.”  “Please raise your hands.”

The responses were very telling. In kindergarten and first grade class rooms, every student threw their hand up in the air. In kindergarten, everybody was an artist, two-handed artists: “Me! Me! Me! I’m an artist!”

In second grade classrooms, about three-fourths raised their hands in response. In third grade, only a few students help up their hands, some very timidly. So it went each grade a little worse than the one before it until he finally reached sixth grade. In response to Gordon’s question, most students looked around to see if anyone would admit to being an artist, as if such an admission was a violation of group norms.

In the span of Kindergarten to sixth grade, students had un-learned their naturally tendency to be an “artist.” Why?

The question to you right now is, Are You Creative? In reality, everyone is creative in one way or another. Because you have not been creative or don’t think of yourself as being creative, let’s think for a few minutes.

At home when situations take place, how do you handle them? If you think first about what to do, you are being creative. When problems, challenges and difficulties take place in the workplace, do you react with “Who knows how to solve this?” Or do you think first before reacting or responding. By giving up, you let others know you are not creative.

Instead, most likely you think about how to deal with the situation the best way you know how. Sometimes this is the creative way to actually solve the situation. If you don’t use your creative muscles, your creativity will not be there when you need it most.

“Creativity is contingent on willingness to be judged. At some point, many people lose that. –Tom Kelley

Making Mistakes– If you work for a creative and innovative organization, it’s okay to make mistakes. As long as you learn from your mistakes and don’t make the same mistakes again, you are fine.

Be Curious about Everything. Essentially be aware of the things around you. What triggers an idea for you to work on?

Start looking at things from a different perspective. This view may give you an idea to work on something you wanted to do. It may even if it takes you to do something different without feeling uncomfortable. For example, go to your favorite restaurant and order something different from the menu, or go to a different restaurant. Take a different route to get to work.

“What is the biggest obstacle to creativity? Attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing and in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities. Creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.”

― Gordon McKenzie

Believe you are creative. Studies show we’re all capable of creative genius, you just need to recognize — and hone in on your abilities. Your leadership skills and talent is demonstrated as you use your creative skills and talent to become the “Go-to-Person” in your organization.

Changing for Creativity Sake

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

Looking at a problem as an opportunity for change and improvement is probably what you deal with every day in your work. How you arrive at the best solution is where the challenge comes into play. In doing so, you need to think differently for each problem, challenge and difficulty that comes your way.

Changing the way you persuade others to change to take a risk in being creative and innovative can help them turn problems into opportunities. Yes, there are some specific factors that go along with this change. We all have to face one situation, no matter how difficult and uncomfortable most people hate and that is to be creative you have to change the way you do things.

Working as a collaborative team, your employees need to be treated as entrepreneurs. This means allowing them to generate and create ideas, brainstorm ideas and discuss problems with each other instead of waiting for a supervisor or manager. These individuals are also able to use their untapped hidden strengths, skills and talent for greater breakthrough results.

Some of the ways change within your organization helps you to thrive beyond survival mode include the following.

Break from the Pack

To sustain competitive advantage in today’s economy, companies must break from the pack. The saying goes that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, instead blaze your own trail of creating something you can call your own.

Actively work to change conventional wisdom when facing new challenging situations. Don’t settle for incremental thinking.

Creative Thinkers

You face problems, challenges difficulties every day. Solve these issues using the best you do. The best problem solvers see a complex problem through multiple lenses. In creative thinking, nearly all problems have multiple solutions.

Being open-minded, thinking beyond both inside and outside the box, and generating ideas that include empathy of your customer is where you need to shift your organization toward. This helps you thrive beyond survival mode and that takes you to the next level of your business success.

Engage Mavericks

Mavericks are the independent innovators or performers. They are critical thinkers who view things differently. Many are found within organizations, fighting to bring innovation into corporate cultures that are not always receptive. They bristle at routines and work differently than others that is why they prefer working alone or being in charge of others.

Mavericks are those who never settle for the status quo, are also creative disruptors: disruptors challenge assumptions, beliefs and question conventional ways of doing things.

In the past, your job was to do what you were told.  You followed instructions, routinely did the same work every day and didn’t make waves.  Today things are very different.

Underneath it all, everyone is creative. Organizations need to let the creativity of their employees shine through. This will generate and create various ideas for organizations to build on your business will see higher levels of creativity. From this, your disengaged employees will become more satisfied and engaged because they will input their ideas. These creative visionaries whose ideas shape new products and services help change the way consumers view the technological trends now and into the future.

“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

Bringing Out the Innovator in Your Employees

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”

Steve Jobs (founder of Apple)

Creating a unique company needs a creative and innovative leader at the helm. Having the courage and self-confidence, innovative leaders know how to bring out their employee’s best strengths, skills and talent to generate, create and produce business breakthrough results. An innovation leadership revolution has been brewing for some time.

Leaders are accountable to assemble teams and lead them to optimal performance outcomes.  An effective leader recognizes the importance of embracing differences in people and knows how to connect the dots amongst those differences to get the best outcomes from the team.

Bringing out the best in your people is the essence of your effective leadership and how your employees prefer working with you than any other employer. Beyond this, your employees generate, create and produce their best results as their way of saying “thanks”.

The word “innovation” most people think of as extraordinary breakthrough inventions created by solitary geniuses. Yet, businesses today are the opposite of this and thrive by the collaboration of a free exchange of ideas by others

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”— Steve Jobs

Leaders are accountable to assemble teams and lead them to optimal performance outcomes.  An effective leader recognizes the importance of embracing differences in people and knows how to connect the dots amongst those differences to get the best outcomes from the team. Innovative leaders break from tradition and prefer more non-traditional or unconventional ways of getting this done.

Guiding your team of employees with your knowledge, vision and ideas, you know how to achieve what you set out to do. How you develop your employees has a lot to do with your leadership style as well as your trust in your employees. This trust extends to allow your employees to generate ideas and create those ideas for an innovative business breakthrough for your clients and customers.

Embrace the Challenge

Innovative leaders do not delegate creativity and innovation; they lead it. And innovative leaders cultivate a culture of critical and creative thinking that takes on challenges.

The stimulus for new ideas comes from being forced to focus on solving a problem. Enable people to solve their own problems.

One way to activate the creativity of employees is to develop an environment where problem-solving is encouraged. We are all inclined to innovate and problem-solve, so empowering employees to see the workplace shows the confidence they need to bring new ideas to the table.

Engaged Employees

“Great leaders of innovation . . . see their role not as take-charge direction setters,

but as creators of a context in which others make innovation happen.”–Jane Porter

Innovative leaders know how to engage employees to be interested and focused on the work their need to accomplish. Employees are much more satisfied in the work they do with having a leader who is innovative.

Innovative leaders treat their employees as entrepreneurs. They also roll up their sleeves and sometimes work side-by-side with their teams in completing specific projects they are interested in.

Stretch Goals

Innovative leaders get people to use stretch goals to achieve, what may seem impossible. Setting stretch goals can help your team to challenge the status quo, question ways of working and look to create new processes that help you to reach goals that might not seem achievable right now.

An innovative leader is great at setting stretch goals – because these are the goals that will help you realize the impossible.

“Failure is an option. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” – Elon Musk

Leaders must foster a commitment from the team to embrace an innovation mindset where each employee learns to apply the differences that exist in one another for their own success and that of the organization.

Leading Creative Leaders

“Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces; but rather than get paralyzed by their problems, visionaries immediately commit themselves to finding a solution.” ~Bill Hybels

Every company has creative people. Creativity has always been at the center of business. As more companies adopt a culture of open innovation a new style of leadership is emerging. Collaborative leaders take a more open approach in the workplace.

When given the power to do so, each person is not just a leader, they are creative as well. Most employers have employees who underneath it all are creative with several ideas for what they do. Most organizations want the ideas generated to come from the top of the company.

Much of your company’s success depends on ideas that keep you on the cutting edge. According to management experts, leading a team of creative employees needs to be more of an empowered and inspired management style. Creative people do not need managers, they need leaders. These individuals are capable of coming up with new formulas, new technologies, or new processes that change the game.

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”

 ~Malcolm Gladwell

Leading creative employees who are actually creative leaders help organizations stay creative and innovative. This is of course only when the company leaders allow this to take place. Yet, more and more businesses and organizations are shifting their strategies to become creative and innovative. For example, organizations who want to thrive beyond survival mode are hiring people who are creative and innovative. No longer are they just looking for “ordinary” employees just to fill a vacancy.

Leading creative people is one of the most challenging skills for executives but for many businesses this is a critical success factor. The basic tension that leaders of creative people have to be able to manage is between exercising management control and creating a culture which allows creative people to flourish and go beyond expectation.

According to Chris Grivas, principal of Chris Grivas Consulting and co-author of The Innovative Team, “the best way learning leaders can teach creativity is to model it.”

These creative people provide tremendous value to organization through application of their knowledge and expertise.  These really smart and creative people need nurturing environment and motivation. Creative people are different. They deliver new ideas and approaches, but they come with their quirks. You can’t lead creative employees like you lead “normal” or ordinary employees.

What if you allowed your employees to generate ideas? After all, your employees are the ones who create and produce these ideas for the company they work for.  Creative individuals prefer to work without running to a supervisor or manager every time a decision needs to be made, are self-motivated, and prefer to develop their own knowledge base rather than be taught.

Tell your employees what to do, but not how to do it. You can still hold them accountable for the results, but don’t force them to embrace a certain process.

Ask Your Employees for their Input: If you ask, you need to consider their input. If you’re not really going to use their input, it’s better not to even ask.

In some organizations, the executives of the company would not accept any of the input from their employees and found that many left to work for their competitors.

If you want to build an innovative company, you need to find employees who think both inside and outside the box.

Know that they’ll be emotionally attached to what they create. So, if you decide not to use their creation, you’ll have to process that appropriately and not abruptly.

You need to give them a deadline, but it better be reasonable. Creative people need room to dream and let their ideas percolate.

Motivate them with praise. They’ll react when the extrinsic rewards are taken away, but they’re really intrinsically motivated. If you ignore creative employees, they may stop contributing. Some even leave to work for the competition.

They’ll get easily bored if they find themselves stuck in the routine. They need the freedom to take on new challenges and opportunities and hate to get stuck in maintenance mode.

They deliver new ideas, but they dread the details.

They need a creative and participative environment. Creative people need the fuel that other creative people generate.

When leading creative people, keep in mind that they may–

  • Think they know more than anyone (or know everything)
  • Do not want to be led (know what, how and why)
  • Do not want to follow the process.

Leading creative people require smart leadership.  Smart leaders help creative employees contribute by creating environment where they feel valuable while making sure that other employees also flourish.

Smart leaders demonstrate their expertise and authority over creative employees quietly by not pushing them or by not showing them who is the boss.  (Smart leader also makes sure that they know what organization’s strategic goals and objectives are; but does not dictate how to achieve.  These creative people can contribute beyond expectations.)

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making

mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook


Expressing Your Creativity Independent of Others

Some people express their creativity through art, photography, poetry, writing, dance, cooking, making things with their hands, etc. The world seems to be divided into “creative” and “non-creative” types, and too many people resign themselves to the latter category. (Facing the scary paths on our life & leadership journey)- re-Work Under Title

David Kelley, the founder of the design firm IDEO and a professor at Stanford University, says that “Creative confidence is the natural human ability to come up with breakthrough ideas and the courage to act on them.” Self-efficacy is commonly defined as the belief in one’s capabilities to achieve a goal or an outcome. Innovation is an economic imperative that calls for more people to be innovating, more often.

“You are creative. All you need to do is find ways to express to express your creativity.”

-Lorrin L. Lee

Most people do not express themselves through their creativity because of getting criticized or judged by others. Some even do not want to show or experience failure as it is an embarrassment to them. Too many people are afraid of failure, when in reality it is through failure that one eventually achieves success and breakthrough. “Fear of failure” from childhood that has been in your thought patterns not just holds you back from doing things you want to do or try, it also holds you back from thinking creatively or on an innovative basis.

Real creative and innovative types sometimes want these things to take place as it lets them know of how they can improve what they are working on. “The inescapable link between failure & innovation is a lesson you can only learn through doing.” – David & Tom Kelley

Creativity is within each of us. Oh, yes, it is especially buried by the routine work you do on a daily basis. Interestingly, sometimes the spark of creativity is dimmed by criticisms, work obligations you do or just simple neglect.

Expressing your thinking when you create an idea or produce a breakthrough result demonstrates thinking inside-and/or-outside-the-box. The difficulty here is that many people, when as a child you were criticized for the creativity you were trying to produce. This can get ingrained into you and continue into adulthood.

Creative Confidence

Too many adults lost their creativity as a child and moved on to other things away from being creative. This gap from childhood to adulthood has a lot of adults cringing when it comes to talking about unconventional ways to move a business forward for greater success.

  • View challenging problems as tasks to be mastered
  • Develop deeper interest in the activities in which they participate
  • Form a stronger sense of commitment to their interests and activities
  • Recover quickly from setbacks and disappointments
Guided Mastery of Creative Confidence

Guided mastery is the process of overcoming your fears through a series of small steps. In learning how to get your creativity back, creative confidence helps you with four independent processes or steps you can work through. These include:

Reclaim Your Creative Confidence: David and Tom Kelley “The world seems to divide into ‘creatives’ and ‘noncreatives,’ and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category.”

Break challenges down into small steps and then build confidence by succeeding on one after another. The process may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but the discomfort quickly fades away and is replaced with new confidence and capabilities.

To regain creative confidence, here are 4 strategies for getting you past your fears that can hold you back from showing your creative independence.

Fear of the Messy Unknown

Being creative in problem solving involves creating an environment where people can generate ideas without fear of criticism. In brainstorm sessions, no idea is a bad idea. You want to generate as many ideas as possible.

Fear of Being Judged

In being creative and innovative, you just may get people to criticize or judge your ideas. This can be a good thing as they may actually be giving you some food for thought to improve on your ideas. Do not always take criticism or judgment as being negative. Good feedback can be more helpful to what you want to do than not at all.

Fear of the First Step

Who hasn’t sat staring at a blank computer screen or a blank piece of paper in front of you, unable to take the first step on a project? Creative efforts are hardest at the beginning. Once you get started, your ideas will begin to flow.

Fear of Losing Control

You need other people to help spur your thinking, test your ideas and to give you feedback. Involving others does mean letting go of at least some control.

Broaden Your Perspective

A little confidence in creativity leads to a lot of confidence in everything else.

There are no rules.

Don’t judge your thoughts.

If you’re stuck, take a break.

There will never be “wrong” art. It may not turn out the way you want it to, but that doesn’t make it wrong.

Develop Reciprocal Trust

Trust your co-workers even when they criticize or judge your ideas. They may actually be giving you some food for thought to improve your idea.

The world needs more creative leaders who are not afraid or fearful of creativity. How do you react with creativity through your employees? Being independent when you express your ideas to your employees or co-workers can say a lot about you.

Is it time for you to create your own independence and re-gain your creative side for you to thrive?