by Kristen Clark
There are many reasons why people lack and feel ill-equipped to build confidence. They may not know how to start the process. They may have never achieved anything of significance and feel the task is too daunting. They may be afraid of making mistakes or failing all together. The good news is that building confidence can be achieved simply by using one’s creativity.
Most of us are familiar with The Beginning. As the Book of Genesis outlines for us, we know that in The Beginning God created. He created the heavens and earth, light and darkness, day and night, water and land, vegetation and living creatures, and the sun, the moon, and the stars. He created all of this when the earth was formless and empty and dark. What an imagination!
Next, God created man (an equally imaginative task) and God created man in His own image and likeness. A few verses later we learn that God blessed man and said, “be fruitful”. Oh, how wonderfully made we are! We’ve been made to also create.
I believe God’s perfect plan includes the need for creativity because He understands the value of the creative process. In fact, research over the years has shown the remarkable benefits of the creative experience. It can produce positive moods, reduce stress, and stimulate the mind, body, and spirit. It can help solve problems, nurture new ideas, and sharpen skills and abilities. But that’s not all. The process of thinking up new ideas or solutions, developing those ideas into actions, and seeing the tangible outcome of those actions naturally builds confidence by providing a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Build the confidence you need by developing your creative mind. Do something each day that causes you to think more, do more, and question more. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Create lists of ideas, solutions, and projects
- Create a new process or new way of doing something
- Create in a group and collaborate with others to build on ideas
- Create doodles and free your mind when you get stuck in a rut
- Create like a child and let go of all adult obligations stresses, strains, and worries
- Create art by learning to paint, draw, knit, write, cook, or play an instrument
- Create an experience, either for yourself or someone else
- Create a new relationship
Identify your preferred methods of creative expression and do those activities as often as you can and it might help to carve out time in your schedule just to be creative. Whether or not others see your creative work is not essential here. This exercise isn’t about being the best, the most successful, or the first one done. It’s about learning to listen to and trust your inner instincts and expression; it’s about trying new things, improving your skills, and moving from thought to outcome. This is what builds confidence and contributes to a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Give it a try; you might surprise yourself.
Do you feel scrutinized and judged by others? I can help you with that!