Want to recover creative flow? Adapt a service mentality.
“It is not what we create, but where we create from that matters.”
These words plunked down on my head during a time of immense creative frustration. I had lost my Self somewhere along the paved road to professional progress. I had traded in contemplation for constant output, sacrificed my sanity for success, and unconsciously placed a great deal of my self-worth in the slippery hands of social media. Essentially, I was writing to keep up.
This is not an unfamiliar experience for many modern creatives. The spiral starts when we begin comparing ourselves to others—feeling a painful sense of lack, questioning our own voice and worthiness. Questioning if we have anything of value to put out into the world. Then questioning if what we do have is good enough. An exhausting and constrictive path.
If we aren’t careful, this voice will trick us into staying small. In a global study done by Adobe on creativity, only one in four people believe they are living up to their creative potential. So how can the rest of us move from constriction to a place of creative freedom? How can we begin to live u …