I wanted to publish this post for the many people who have asked me about creativity and especially confidence in their own abilities.
During my education I was a prime case for not trusting in my abilities and lacked the confidence to try things. I spent way too much time, quietly locked away in my own thoughts, being bothered about what other people, especially my peer group, would think of me and spent even more time fixated with what would be seen as “cool” to everyone around. I couldn’t have appeared any less cool!
To anyone who knew me at that time, they would never have guessed that like so many children at school, inside my head my thoughts were quietly spinning like a manic hamster in a wheel- trying to figure out how to fit in and how I should act and what I should say.
Pupils have asked if I was so introverted then, how could I now be so confident and present new ideas to large numbers of people and not get nervous?
The answer is quite simple (but frustrating if you can’t it see yourself clearly). Most nervousness in situations like these comes down to self-consciousness and particularly in being bothered of what other people think of you.
Taking ceratin creative risks is a natural progression, although it maybe scary at times you will reap the benefit in the end. Without facing any challenges you can’t make any improvements, you may win or lose but it is all part of the learning curve. Eventually you will realise it doesn’t matter that much what other people think because the reality is they are probably busy thinking exactly the same thing as you about themselves!
We are all trying to figure things out as we go through life. Nobody has a complete picture in their mind. So take the plunge and try, if you make mistakes along the way you will be all the better for it. Think before you act, but every now and then bite off a little bit more and stretch your “creative comfort zone”. And lets face it at the very worst you will only look like the hamster above and everyone likes him!
Richard Allport 2010