Highly sensitive people are naturally creative because of their inborn imaginational overexcitability. Not all highly sensitive people, however, use their gift to its full potential. Many of them have learned to suppress their creativity because of fear.
Highly sensitive people with anxiety (obsessives) need to overcome their fears in order to unlock the full potential of their creativity.
When was the last time you picked up a pencil and drew something for somebody else for no other reason than simply because you can? My guess is that, for most of you, the last time you did this was when you were a child.
As children, we had so much freedom to explore our creativity. We had little to no concept of right or wrong, correct or incorrect, normal or abnormal to confine our imagination. We were proud of our work and excited to share it with others.
Somewhere along the way, however, we got the idea that our work was not good enough. We learned about being right, correct, and normal. For all our work that failed to meet these standards, we lost pride in them and lost our excitement in sharing them with others.
Although there are so many great ideas floating around in the imagination of highly sensitive people, very few of these ideas get a chance to make its way outside of the mind when there is fear. The two fears that kill creativity the most are the fear of making mistakes and the fear of rejection.
Many of the world’s most creative people have had to battle painfully against their fears. Just look at the fashion industry: so many of the most successful designers are openly gay. Do you think they battled against fear? Of course they did! In a world that is still slowly learning to accept and celebrate the differences in people, “coming out of the closet” can result in extremely painful rejection, even from loved ones. When one finally chooses, as many people within the gay community have, to be oneself regardless of whether or not he or she will be accepted, he or she unlocks the full potential of his or her creativity!
SO WHAT NOW?
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CREATIVITY:
Be like a child again. Take your chances and do something creative everyday. If you are a photographer, participate in “Project 365” (taking a picture everyday). Create your own 365 day project in whatever area you want you improve your creativity. If you are a composer, try to compose a new song everyday. If you are a writer, try to blog everyday. But in order to unlock the full potential of your creativity, you are going to have to face your deepest fears and accept your entire self.