Are you a writer, artist, musician or other creative person looking to create your best work? While mastering your craft is essential, true creative fulfillment comes from an integrated approach that nurtures our mind, body, and spirit.

In my work as a coach for creatives I’ve witnessed the struggle that many encounter when trying to balance their career goals and their desire to grow personally. At times these two desires feel at loggerheads.

Here are some ideas that may support you in unlocking your creative potential as both a creator and a human being:

Cultivate Self-Awareness

So much creativity is blocked by our own fears, doubts, and destructive thought patterns. It’s a good idea to make time for stopping for quiet time and meditation, journaling, or other self-reflective practices. Don’t forget to play!

Develop confidence in your talents by celebrating small wins. The better you understand yourself, the more you can get out of your own way.

Nurture Your Well-Being

Creativity is fueled by vibrancy – in your energy levels, your mood, your perspective. Nurture yourself through exercise, nutrition, restorative habits, and pursuing work-life balance. When your body and mind are operating at their peak, you’ll find reserves of imagination and drive you didn’t know existed.

Seek Inspiration

Feed your creative spark by exposing yourself to diverse influences. It’s helpful to read works by authors in and outside of your genre. Visit museums, galleries, showcases, concerts etc., and watch thought-provoking films.

Have curious discussions with interesting people. Conscious creatives are students of life who synthesise insights from every domain.

Build Your Community

We gain energy and support from kindred spirits who understand and validate our creative paths. Develop a community of like-minded individuals, mentors, peers, and fans. Share works in progress, exchange feedback and ideas. Creatives soar when connected to their tribe.

Live With Intention

What legacy do you wish to create through your art? What values and principles guide your work? Conscious creatives are guided by a sense of purpose beyond just commercial success. Regular reflection on your “why” will keep you motivated and your creativity aligned.

The creative journey has ups and downs, moments of flow and periods of drought. By nourishing yourself holistically – your mind, body, spirit, and support system – you’ll cultivate the resilience and vision to thrive. The richest art arises from conscious creators who are present to their humanity.

I encourage you not to deny yourself of being fully present to your creative calling and to your evolution as a human being. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the best opportunities to thrive.

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Monica O’Brien is a professionally trained and accredited Coach and founder of Creative Edge Coaching www.creativeedgecoaching.com.au. She blogs on issues about creativity and small business development for conscious artists and business entrepreneurs. 

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