People at a table with laptops. The Link Between Creativity and Fear

The Link Between Creativity and Fear

Whilst serving with the British Military we would take part in military exercises, where to think on the spot and come up with creative solutions to any issue, was a necessary ability. If we allowed fear to take over, creativity would be stifled and no solution would present itself.

Allowing Creativity

A 2018 report by the World Economic Forum1 predicted that by 2022 one of the top three skills demanded by employers will be creativity. This means that there will have to be a shift in the way that we think about our jobs, careers, business and life.

You see, to be creative we have to be in an environment that promotes it, that allows us the freedom to be creative. It requires trust and the ability to make a decision based on preset rules, predetermined by the employer or ourselves, such as our morals, values and ethics.

Our decisions during our military exercises were based on following preset rules, determined by the environment and the law of armed conflict. We knew where we stood and our boundaries. We felt secure in making creative decisions.

There’s no Fear in Creativity

Can you imagine what would happen if I had ever frozen as a result of fear? Not fear of the situation but a fear of making a creative decision; it would be disastrous.

This type of fear is chronic, lingering at the back of your mind, never allowing you to make a decision or give your point of view. You feel judged at every word, every idea you put across. It’s the fear of criticism, ridicule and loss of self-esteem.

Any such environment breeds distrust, silence, keeping you and others in the status quo, discouraging creativity and forward movement.

To remove fear and allow creativity to thrive, we need to be supported, to feel that mistakes can be made and overcome. This builds a feeling of trust.

If creativity is lacking in your life or work, look if fear is the cause. Then build around you the support that will give you the confidence and courage to break the barrier that is your fear and move to the freedom of a pasture that breeds creativity.

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.
Brené Brown

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Photograph by: Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

1The Future of Jobs Report 2018 (go to page 12 for the chart)


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