Critiquing before creating

Do you block your creative spark by critiquing before you create?  Ask yourself these questions –

Do you visualize the criticism you’ll receive before you even get it?  We halt the creative process when we listen to that little voice that says, what will they say, if I write, paint, build this?  The answer should be, it doesn’t matter.  It takes courage to be oneself.  Look to all the great innovators in history, they thought outside the box and I really don’t think Einstein worried about what people would think of his theorys.  In the big picture, people will respect you, if only silently, for being you.

When you get a great spontaneous idea, do you within a day, shoot it down with the how’s, whys and can’ts?  Telling yourself, how silly to think I could do that.  Be silly and carry on, and on and on. It’s the challenge that feed’s our spirit.  What have you got to lose?  Only your creative sparks, which are too precious to lose.  Criticism has a time and place and that’s not in your head while you are creating.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing  – Aristotle

I found out that there weren’t many limitations, if I did it my way – Johnny Cash

Wherever there is enthusiasm, there is  a creative empowerment, that goes beyond what a mere person is capable of. – Eckhart Tolle

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SWiM cinema
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 11:40:47

    This is great advice. I think self-critiquing is vital but only at the right time, very nicely explained here – thanks.


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