5 Practical Ways To Find Your Creative Voice That Is Dying to Be Hear
If you're a true creative at heart, then you're more than likely uncomfortably familiar with the paralyzing feelings of confusion, inadequacy, being misunderstood and disoriented.
Each and every day can be a challenge trying to process the tossing thoughts that are dying to be hear.
Often times it is not stressed enough that the journey to finding your creative voice can be a terrifying experience.
With such a negative stigma that is associated with being inconsistent or lackadaisical; can make the discovery phase very discouraging for those who are new to the process and don't know what to expect.
It is imperative that you first accept that things won't be easy and that the rollercoaster of emotions you'll experience along the way, is all apart of the winding road to success.
Creatives are gifted with the superpower to influence, inspire, persuade, and create. Now is the time to dust off those deep rooted dreams and ideas and learn how to better put them to use.
The discovery phase is when your creative juices are flowing and are at an all time high. You have no clear direction on how you'll achieve your ideas, but what is more then certain is, that the thoughts feel good. It is so important to write down those initial thoughts and begin to create a plan! Visualize them, soak them them in, and begin to focus on small attainable goals. Setting small attainable goals allows incremental growth and more opportunity for reward. If your goals are to high in the beginning then it leaves more room for you to become discourage throughout your journey. Cut out that unnecessary burden of your confidence taking a hit and remember that it is ok to take baby steps.
2.) Be Vulnerable
Whew this is a tough one! No one really talks about how vulnerability is essential to discovering your creative voice. Vulnerability is a secret weapon that a lot of people haven't learn to tap into. The beauty of vulnerability is, that is allows people access to your true authentic self. Utilize what makes you "YOU". People love someone who they feel as though they can share a similar experience with. You become an instant magnet and attract people through the hope/inspiration they gain through simply relating to who you are. Vulnerability is such a freeing experience. Usually the ideas that hold the most sentimental value to you are the ones that will win your audience over. Make the commitment to being 100% unapologetically you. Start by allowing people access to your quirkiness, your hardships, your personal preferences, and your journey and watch how people begin to naturally gravitate to who you organically are.
"Now keep in mind that I am an artist and I'm sensitive about my sh%t."- Erykah Badu
3.) Take Action
Once you've gotten past the discovery phase and have committed to being vulnerable, now is the time to put some action behind your ideas! Whether it's designing, writing, building, or creating; start pushing out your work. Transform those thoughts into something tangible. Be mindful that this step will take some time, so don't rush the process. Internalize what's going on. Pay attention to the road blocks you encounter and how you maneuver through them. Once you've reached the point to where your work is complete, share it with your audience. Although it is very important to track analytics and engagement don't get to wrapped up in this! They are great for determining what your audience likes, but you don't want your confidence to be wavered on whether or not you receive high engagement on what you put out.
4.) Be Patience With Yourself
This is a KEY component to finding your creativity voice. Simply being patience with yourself. Although it seems like a simple concept to grasp, it can be quite difficult to apply. We all strive for perfection in some sense but that mindset in all actuality is the very thing that is setting you up for failure. Give yourself room to be human. Some days you are going to mess up, you're not going to want to work, your engagement maybe low, or you may just encounter a creative block. Don't allow these obstacles to negate all of your hard work. Don't run away from these feelings or force yourself to be at 100% even when your body is telling you the opposite. Remember it is ok to take a step back. Don't dwell under the pressure that you have to have everything under control all of the time.
5.) Master Your Craft
Last but most certainly not least, master your craft. As a creative you never stop learning. Study your craft, study those who are dominating in your area of specialty, and continue to use what you find as building blocks. Mastery doesn't require you to be perfect, but it requires you to pursue perfection. In doing so it allows you to enjoy the results that your work produce. Learn to become one with your craft. Fully immerse yourself within your work, and find the joy in what you do. Mastery comes with practice. You will never get away from this. As clique as it is "practice makes perfect." Practice is the road that will lead to mastery. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."— Will Durant
"All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.”
Glass continued, “But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.”