When I painted this several years ago I was much more critical of the things I created. Back then I saw a simple painting that needed a lot more finesse. Now, I see a simple painting that tells a story. The painting is exactly the same. I am the one that has changed. I am less critical of what I create. I try not to compare my work to the work of others and I celebrate the positive in what I write or paint rather than looking for the flaws. I have accepted the fact that if I am trying to be perfect I will always fall a little short because there is no such thing as perfect.
Reframing is an important Kaizen-Muse Creativity strategy. Turning the negative into a positive works. Looking for the good in your work, rather than criticizing it, can become a habit that allows you to grow and change. Looking for and finding the positive is a wonderful way to motivate yourself to continue living a creative life.
Reframing, or changing your perspective, can shift your how you feel in your personal life as well as your creative life. During this season of the year we often see people whom we may not see on a regular basis. What if you changed how you looked at the person who annoys you most? What if you focused on the positive things that they bring to the event rather than the negative? What if you decided that the aunt who asks a million questions is curious rather than nosey? How might that change how you approach her or how long you actually talk to her?
I think we all realize that it is impossible to change someone else. And it is not always easy to change ourselves. But it can be done. Reframing is a great tool to have in your toolbox. Take it out often, use it, and then watch to see how magically the world seems to look like a different place.
Do you have a creative project that you can't seem to begin or finish? Do you have so many ideas you don't know where to turn? Are you transitioning into a new phase of life and would like support as you go through the process? As a Kaizen-Muse Creativity coach I work with women of all ages to solve the above problems and more. If you would like to learn more about what I offer as a creativity coach, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to talk to you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org