“When people are free to be able to use their creative gifts and abilities to unfold the creative potential of creation around them, then there is fulfillment. And if you get millions of people doing that, there is flourishing.” -Art Lindsley

So let me guess, you don’t love your job. You want to be more creative, get to do more of what you are interested in. But you can’t. You don’t know where to go, what do. Deep down you know you want to create, to do, to make but you have no idea what. But you know it’s not this (fill in the blank). Secretly you envy those artists, those photographers, those musicians, those entrepreneurs who have risky jobs and non stable income but do what they love. But you, no, you couldn’t be a painter, or musician or entrepreneurs or writer, no your not good enough. Don’t have the time, I mean how would you support yourself. What about health insurance….

Ha did I get you? Did you start to agree with me a bit. Isn’t self doubt fun.

Well for one let me just say I am there, I get the frustration. I can describe it well because it’s my doubt. I get the tension of feeling stuck.

 Having the sense that you have no idea what to do or how to go about doing what you feel deep in your soul to do.

I put the quote up at the top because that is the goal of this series. To inspire you (and me) to stop doubting, stop settling, and start creating for the flourishing of us all.

So here is my challenge if you think you’re not creative I want you try something through this series. I want you to think of something that you get inspired by. Maybe it’s music, maybe its a painting, maybe its photography, maybe it’s brainstorming solutions. And then go do it. I know it’s hard, I know that thought will come up that will say “your not an artist, your not the creative type.” Will get to that, but for now just take a risk, grab the paint brush, pic up that camera and give it a shot (pun kind of intended). Do the hard work, take the risk and put yourself out there and create something no matter the result. You might be surprised the effect it will have on you and it may not be what you think.

I Am Not Creative Challenge: Try a new creative venture this week. Let us know how your experience went in the comments below. 

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Written by Michael Allen