On the benefits of creativity

I create. In fact, if there’s one thing I’m sure of about myself it’s that I know how to make stuff....

I create. In fact, if there’s one thing I’m sure of about myself it’s that I know how to make stuff. And get things done. There, I finally said it, out loud. It’s a big step for me, to say something like that. Believe me.

Because for years, I thought I was anything but creative. And I didn’t see myself as someone who could make things, or who ever got anything done half decently. At least not the things that I wanted to do, the stuff that really mattered to me. Like expressing myself and getting my voice heard.

The thing is, I’m not that gifted when it comes to visual arts. I don’t paint well at all, and drawing – although I’m not too bad – doesn’t come easily to me. I have to work for it, and drawing asks me to use skills I don’t master all too good, making it feel really uncomfortable sometimes. And when something feels uncomfortable to us, we easily procrastinate.

Therefore, I never thought of myself as being creative, let alone as being an artist. Yet, my entire life, I’ve created things. I’ve built businesses, offered ideas and concept to hundreds of clients, worked incessantly on my own goals and projects, while helping others with theirs.

So in a way, creativity defines me. It’s what I do and who I am. Making stuff is the way I show up in the world. It’s my thing. I make ideas, I make plans, I make stories, I make courses, I make strategies, I make businesses. Every day when I wake up, it’s to create something. And this is what gives me purpose.

And over the course of the past year, working with so many women in my coaching business, and with the members of my teams on my various businesses, I realized that it’s not just me.

Creativity defines all of us. It’s a human trait. This past year, I’ve even come to believe that creativity is not only what made us survive and thrive, and become what we are today, but that it is essential to our well-being.

On the benefits of creativity

When I was younger, I was often afraid – of many things! Perhaps mostly of my own creativity. Of what I could become if I followed the call of my creative mind and expressed my deepest thoughts, my most feverish passions and my most painful soul-aches to the world. But not listening to creativity’s call made me a prisoner, and cut off my wings. It left me with all of these unspoken and unseen thoughts and feelings. Something like that is heavy to carry.

Throughout the years, I became better at it. I grew a skin that was thick enough to express myself creatively to others. In a way it’s funny, because through my businesses I was always visible, yet I was not aware of the creative act that building a business is, and so I never worried about it. For how can creating a business being anything but creative? How silly of me to think that, I now know.

By allowing creativity to flow, both in my private life and in my businesses, I gained so much, especially during the last year.

First, I created some beautiful things: new businesses, new friendships, new ideas, new perspectives and even new ways to be in business, do business and make my mark in the world.

Then, I explored aspects of myself that I hadn’t tapped into before or had abandoned for years: the creative artist in me, the writer, the thinker, the loving problem-solver. Doing so infused more passion and more heart into everything that I did last year, and allowed others around me to do so too.

Finally, by acknowledging the many creative acts that make up every single one of my days as a person and a business owner, and by answering creativity’s calls, I feel much more accomplished as a person. If creativity is innate to us, and if it calls on us to act and create, not responding can leave you feeling incomplete and uneasy. To me, it felt like there was this thing that bothered me, the fact that I knew there was more, and that I was more, yet I never seemed to be able to put my finger on what it really was.

Until I accepted my creativity, and allowed myself to be really seen through it.

And that is what I want to tell you today. If you’re feeling uneasy, or if there is a little voice inside of you that keeps on telling you to come out and play and express yourself, you might be ignoring creativity’s call. And missing out on all the fun and benefits of living a creative life.

And if this is your case, why not try it out? Listen to yourself a little bit closer, answer the call, find the project or the mission, and allow yourself to be swept away by the beauty, freedom and the liberation of the creative process.

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