When we hear the word “creativity,” we often think of painters, musicians, dancers, writers, and other artists whose impressive talent and advanced skills make them out to be some of the most unique individuals who are truly on their own level. In contrast, those of us who aren’t extraordinarily talented or skilled in any particular artistic outlet of expression might assume that creativity isn’t really meant for us.
Assuming we’re not creative is perhaps the biggest creativity myth of all. Indeed, creativity is not limited to the arts and can be applied to any activity at all — even analytical activities such as accounting, science, and computer programming.
Holding onto limiting beliefs about creativity prevents us from exploring just how creative we really can be. Besides dropping the belief that creativity is for artistic people only, have a look at the following other creativity myths to see which ones apply to you.
Limiting Belief #1
The most creative people are naturally talented.
It’s easy to make the excuse that creative talent is something people are born with. In reality, however, what you assume to be natural talent is almost always the product of lots of work and learning from mistakes. The only thing that a creative person may truly be “born with” is their deep, undying interest in a particular form of expression.
Limiting Belief #2
You have to be an expert at your craft to be truly creative.
If creativity doesn’t just naturally come to you, then you better at least have years of experience behind you to be able to consciously use your mind to figure out how to be creative, right? Wrong! Experts get stuck too, and oftentimes it’s their inability to expand their awareness and see things from outside their bubble of expertise that inhibits their creativity.
Limiting Belief #3
Creativity is characterized by “aha!” moments that come out of nowhere.
Creativity is really just a fancy way to describe the way we make connections, and although those connections that come in the form of creative ideas may seem to pop out of nowhere at times, they typically come as a result of having previous experiences and understanding information that we consumed.
Limiting Belief #4
You have to be totally original to be creative.
In a world where so many great ideas have been thought of already, it can feel nearly impossible to come up with something totally original, but the truth is that you don’t have to. All you have to do is offer your fresh and unique perspective on something that already exists, build on something that’s been done before to make it better, or make connections between multiple ideas that other people thought of first.
Limiting Belief #5
Extrinsic rewards are what motivate creativity.
It’s always nice to be rewarded with money, praise, and other things that exist outside of yourself for being so creative, but assuming that you need them to motivate you to become more creative is the wrong way to look at it. True creativity comes from a place beyond the ego, and therefore isn’t reliant on material things or status symbols.
Whenever you feel inspired to get more creative in your yoga practice or any other area of your life, embrace it fully and be mindful of any of the limiting beliefs that may be standing in your way so you can go forth and express yourself freely without anything holding you back.