How to Transform Perfectionism Into Creativity
By Morgan Dragonwillow
It just doesn't feel good when you go out to plant a garden and you are frozen with anxiety over what SHOULD be planted where. Or you want to color and the anxiety of getting it just RIGHT makes you want to curl in a ball and cry. The thought of not being able to get it just PERFECT stops you in your tracks every single time. For some perfectionism is the only thing stopping them and they may not even know it. You can transform these feelings of:
I am just lazy, that is what everyone keeps telling me.
I can't sing in key so what is the point?
I will just get it wrong anyway, why even try?
Remembering that play is an important part of life and we were never meant to get it perfect the first time is the point. Doing things we love just because we love them and not worrying about whether it is perfect or not is the point.
Here are a few keys to moving past the perfectionist and into creativity:
Buy a big box of crayons and choose a coloring book that makes you smile.
Make a cup of tea and put on your favorite, fast, and fun music.
Before sitting down to color, move to the music, really shake your body, feel the music deep within you. Go ahead, no one is watching, have some fun. Even if you only sway a little just move your body to the music. There is no right or wrong way just move.
When that song is over put on whatever type of music relaxes you.
Sit in your favorite spot in your home, patio or yard.
Now comes the fun part. Open the coloring book at random. That is the page you will color. You can do this; you really can just remember this is play.
Close your eyes, pick a crayon, and that is the first crayon you will use.
With your eyes still closed, place your finger down on the page in your coloring book. That is what you are going to color with that crayon. Go ahead and color that spot now.
Now close your eyes again and pick another color and another place on the page. Continue this until the whole page is fantastically colored. It will look quite amazingly funny. That is the point. There is no wrong or right way to color. It is remembering our childlike self that just wants to play and have fun.
Next time you find yourself daydreaming about a project you would like to do and start feeling that all too familiar anxiety, remember the day you colored the craziest picture ever; remember this is just for fun.
You can tell yourself, "This is for me, it doesn't have to be perfect."
Allow yourself to make mistakes or even make mistakes on purpose. Allow yourself to draw outside the lines. Allow yourself to smile and have fun.
Let yourself explore all the many creative ideas that you have stopped yourself from doing in the past. Even if you take baby steps they will add up until one day you will realize that you aren't afraid to create anymore. That creating has actually turned into something fun, soothing, relaxing, meditative, loving, enjoyable and wonderful.
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