Can you have too much creativity and how much is too much? Creativity is the ability to turn an idea into something real and tangible. So, if you find yourself stuck with lots of ideas and haven’t actually found a way to turn your ideas into reality, you are likely really not suffering from too much creativity but instead from a lack of focus. This can be the result of a lack of understanding of your goals, you do have goals don’t you?
Get Off the Idea Treadmill
Some people mistake the ability to generate ideas with creativity. However, the fact is, to be creative you have to be able to do two things; think and produce. Without the production part, you’re not actually being creative, you’re just day dreaming. To move from dreamer to creator you have to actually act and do something.
Focus On Your Objectives
If you’re having a hard time getting to the action part, try refocusing your objectives. Write down what your goals are for even trying to come up with a project. Make a list of the ideas you’ve come up with thus far and see how they align with your objectives.
Get Feedback from Others
Ask other people to give you feedback about some of your ideas by sharing them along with your objectives for the idea. If you ask your clients and customers what they think, or colleagues what they think, it will help you narrow down your ideas. I personally run a small business networking group, it’s a closed group and we number around twelve in total and we meet twice a month and have done for a lot of years now, this is the group I ask questions to and seek their advice… perhaps you can join something similar and don’t get feedback from friends and family, they never give real, meaningful feedback as they are frightened to upset you.
Pick One Idea and See it to Completion
Now that you’ve focused your ideas to meet your objectives, pick one idea and see it through to completion. Remember, without completing an idea, you’ve not really fully participated in the creative process. You have to think, produce and finished it to be really truly involved in its creation.
Develop Actionable Goals
Now that you have chosen an idea, it’s time to develop your goals into actionable steps to see the entire idea to fruition. A goal is not truly complete until you know exactly what steps you need to take to realize it, a guru if goal setting taught me this (Brian Leaning-Mizen of Mind Synergy)
Creativity: How Much Is Too Much?
When you know what you’re going to create and what steps you need to take to get there, figure out what resources you have and what resources you lack. Identify ways to fill the gaps. Maybe you need to learn something new, or perhaps you need to outsource a few of the actionable steps to reach your goals and remember to think outside of the box if necessary.
Set Realistic Time Limits and Deadlines
Once you’ve put into order the steps necessary to develop your idea into a true creation, you need to give each step a deadline. A great way to do that is to determine when you’d like to “launch” your new creation, the day you want it finished and ready for the world. Then work your way backward through the steps until you arrive at today, your beginning.
Preserve through to Completion
The very final step toward truly being creative is to not give up. You may have setbacks and your time line might even be off a bit, but you need to do what it takes and complete all the steps so that you can experience the final results of your creation: a finished project. Only when you have something that other people can see, hear, smell, taste or touch are you done. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes “winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
Creativity is about the creation process, and if you’re doing it right, you simply cannot have too much creativity. If you’re having problems, you need to focus yourself on both sides of the process of creation: thinking and doing.