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Developing Self-Growth That Revolves Around Creativity
• Indiana Lee

Creativity is subjective, and so is personal growth. The relationship between these two things is more apparent than most people realize.

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For example, when you explore your creativity, you also challenge yourself, develop new skills, and learn more about who you are and what you value. Let’s examine the connection between self-growth and creativity in more detail.

The Relationship Between Creativity and Self-Growth

The relationship between creativity and self-growth is one to honor for many reasons. A significant one is the impact creativity and bettering yourself have on your mental and emotional health. Journaling, singing, dancing, building, and other creative activities are known to relieve symptoms of various mental health conditions.

Additionally, self-growth is a process. It’s difficult for people not to know if their personal growth efforts will pay off in the long run. But creativity teaches you to honor the process instead of the end product. You become so enamored with the process and how good it makes you feel that the outcome doesn’t matter as much, which is what you want your personal growth experience to mirror.

All in all, you should absolutely explore and appreciate the relationship between creativity and self-growth if you want to be the best you you can be.

Tips for Personal Growth That Revolves Around Creativity

Using creativity as a vehicle for self-growth is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It isn’t about being the artsiest person in the room. Nor do you need to be deemed a genius to be creative and grow. Instead, personal growth that revolves around creativity is available to anyone who makes an intentional effort. Here are seven tips to help you on your journey: 

Set self-growth goals

What about you needs growing? What can you be better at? Why do you want to develop self-growth? What does self-growth rooted in creativity look like for you?

Like anything else, it’s crucial to set goals for your personal growth. Simply stating that you want to develop self-growth that revolves around creativity isn’t enough to keep you steady on your journey. It’s a better decision to pinpoint exactly what you want to develop and your plans for getting there through creativity.

In setting your self-growth goals, make a list of creative endeavors you’re interested in too.

Make a list of creative endeavors you’re interested in

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What creative endeavors are you interested in?
  2. Which ones do you want to pursue immediately?
  3. Which ones do you see yourself pursuing at a later time?
  4. How do you think these creative passions can help you grow personally?
  5. What specific skills or characteristics do you want to work on with your creativity?

Document your answers to these questions to:

  1. Have a running list of creative endeavors to choose from whenever you need.
  2. Ensure you’re choosing activities that help you achieve your self-growth goals.

Also, don’t count out low-cost or free platforms to help you pursue your creative endeavors.

Explore low-cost and free platforms 

Creativity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or be so intense that it turns you off from exploring it all together. Instead, you can learn new creative mediums through low-cost or free software apps.

Creative endeavors like music composition, digital painting, writing, and video editing are all accessible on free platforms. You can learn the basics of your chosen craft, grow your skill set, and perpetuate a personal growth journey without financial obligations and pace concerns hanging over your head.

Furthermore, thinking about procrastination differently will help you immerse yourself in self-growth and the creative activities above.

Think about procrastination differently

Procrastination holds so many people back from achieving their highest level of self. They put off essential projects, major decisions, and meaningful goals all of the time. And that typically results in shame, guilt, negative self-talk, and stagnation.

That said, procrastination can be a positive thing if you change your thinking about it. DeVry University says of procrastination: “moderate procrastination can help give your brain time to mull over a task or problem and create space for greater creativity and innovative ideas.”

To put it another way, procrastination can push you to try new creative things and develop innovative solutions. It can act as a creative alternative to re-spark engagement and focus. It’s all about engaging in moderate procrastination vs. chronic procrastination. 

When you think about procrastination differently, it’ll also be easier to be consistent in your self-growth efforts.

Commit to consistency

Developing self-growth that revolves around creativity relies on a commitment to consistency. It'll be tough to evolve without a continuous effort to explore your creativity and personhood. So, commit to consistency.

Make sure your goals are reasonable, achievable, and realistic. Work on achieving a positive mindset. Always take note of how different creative ambitions can help you with self-growth. Also, reflect on how you feel after partaking in activities that foster personal growth to determine if you need to adjust your plan.

Friends and family can help you stay consistent as well. 

Involve friends and family

Involving friends and family in your efforts to grow personally is a wise idea. They can support you emotionally as you go through the ups and downs of self-growth. In addition, friends and family can join you in any creative activities you do to make them even more enjoyable.

Let your friends and family know your self-growth goals. Also, chat with them about how you plan to achieve those goals through creative endeavors. Then, see if they’d be willing to go through the journey with you by embarking on one of their own.

Your friends and family are also great for motivating you to keep bettering yourself and leaning into your creativity long-term.

Treat self-growth as an ongoing project

Self-growth doesn’t stop. Or at least it shouldn’t. Of course, we go through periods in life where other things or people become more important than us working on ourselves. However, we hope you always return to self-growth and pursue it relentlessly. Creativity, too.

Set short and long-term self-growth goals to support your ongoing efforts. Keep exploring the bounds of your creativity. And always look for opportunities to connect your personal development with your creative passions.

Ultimately, self-growth shouldn’t ever end.

Conclusion

Creativity is impactful, especially in your self-growth journey. With an intentional effort, an open mind, and the tips above, you can experience this impact on your personal growth and creative desires.


 Indiana Lee © Indiana Lee 5.2.22
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