It’s time for the weekly team brainstorm and the floor is open for thoughts and suggestions. You have more than a few ideas swarming in your mind that never make it to your lips.
‘These ideas are the ones I want to use for that thing that I said I wanted to do eight months ago that I have yet to even really start working on or even thinking about. But I will!”
Or maybe you have fans begging desperately for new music, but you wouldn’t dare upload another project for fear that anything that follows would pale in comparison. Too often, creatives face and fall into the temptation to hoard their ideas for fear of it being the last good idea they’ll have. It’s easy to stumble into the trap of the scarcity mindset and become paralyzed in your creative journey.
Think about it. COVID-19 showed us just how strongly scarcity manifests the fear of “not enough”. This fear drives us to hoard instead of operate from a position of generosity. See COVID-19 shenanigans for any further illustration and clarification.
What is the Spirit of Abundance and Generosity in Creativity?
Creativity is a powerful force that has the ability to bring people together and inspire change. It has the power to break down barriers, create new opportunities, and foster collaboration. The spirit of abundance and generosity in creativity is about approaching our work with an open and generous mindset. It is about believing that there is an abundance of ideas, inspiration, and resources available to us, and that we have the ability to share these things with others. This mindset allows us to be more open and to embrace a sense of community in our creative work.
Generous creativity cultivates a sense of purpose in our lives. By focusing on the impact that our work can have on others, we can find a deeper sense of meaning in our creative endeavors. This can help us to stay motivated and inspired, even when faced with challenges and setbacks. It also promotes personal growth and development. When we are open to sharing our skills and resources with others, we are more likely to learn and grow as individuals. This can help us to develop new skills and to expand our creative horizons.
How to Cultivate the Spirit of Abundance and Generosity in Creativity
Practice gratitude: Take time to appreciate and acknowledge the things that you have, and be thankful for the resources and opportunities available to you.
Seek out opportunities for collaboration: Look for ways to work with others and to share your skills and resources with the community. This might involve joining a creative group, collaborating with other artists, or volunteering your time and talents.
Focus on the impact of your work: Consider the ways in which your creative work can make a positive impact on others and the world around you. This can help you to find a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in your creative endeavors.
Share your skills and resources: Be generous with your time and talents, and look for ways to share your skills and resources with others. This might involve mentoring a young artist, donating your time or resources to a worthy cause, or simply offering support and encouragement to those around you.
Maya Angelou had it right when she said “The more you give, the more you have.” Creative energy multiplies exponentially – take some and pass it around!