What Is Creative Fulfillment?
Creative Fulfillment occurs when you achieve something desired through your expressions of art while it affects someone or empowers greater self-expression. Let’s look at what you need to know to get it in your life.
A creative life is filled with peaks, falls, and detours. When you’re building a life while you express your art, there is not just one clear path. You must listen to your gut feeling when you make decisions. You don’t always know where it will take you or how you will get there. It’s almost guaranteed that your life won’t go according to plan, and you’ll take a wrong turn.
But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born, and I will give you a complete account of the system and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness.
No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter extremely painful consequences. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.
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“I experienced that having a job related to arts or creation does not equal creative fulfillment.”
Normally as humans, we seek ways to express ourselves through art and creation, from writing a song and dancing to studying for a career in science. When we care about something, we want to know more and share our personal views.
The more I research about it, the more I realize that to have more fulfillment as a creative, we need more creativity in our lives…
What are the 3 steps to a Creative fulfilled Life?
Creative people show more fulfillment during times of research combined with action that empower others.
According to the pioneering creative researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. – Creatives balance intense energy with rest, playfulness with discipline, fantasy with reality, and passion for their work with a clear objective.
Research shows that we can follow these 3 simple steps to living a more creative life:
- Learn & try new perspectives, and have fun with it. Innovation can be difficult, and sometimes by approaching thoughts from different angles, you might come up with a better solution.
- Aim for quantity. Creative genius often produces their best work when they focus on creating more of something. It’s easier to let ourselves go, to not overthink, and as a result, we learn more and grow faster.
- Go deep within your thoughts and feelings and share this. In artistic creativity, pioneers often spend time in solitude to deeply feel their emotions and sensations. They aren’t afraid to self-reflect and put their thoughts out there. You can do this your way, and maybe you will change the world a little.
Sometimes the pursuit of money takes the fun out of the process. At this moment, all your attention goes to making money, and all these worries take the fun away. You must be creating for yourself. In addition to your daily routine, you can make great progress with simple steps.
How to be More Fulfilled?
Start doing what you love. Maybe you love coffee like me, reading a book, or taking a course. There are many things to create a feeling of fulfillment in your life.
Sometimes we doubt the actions we take daily or what we have been doing to feel better or what our personal goal in life is. Maybe your family or your work fills this spot. All this is important in the big picture that is our life, but if we want specific results, we have to take the first steps!
For example, you can ask yourself daily questions like these:
- What did I create today?
- Did I learn something meaningful?
- What’s the impact?
- What do I want out of this?
A golden rule is:
“The creation of art is something you must do for your enjoyment first “
By getting joy out of meaningful creations, you impact your emotions and with this the way you live your life. It will feed your soul in a way that normal work does not.
What do Creativity and Fulfillment do in your Brain?
Creative thinking starts when your brain connects new thoughts/ideas and your regular perspective. This is accomplished by thinking differently, frequently exposing yourself to new experiences, and when you learn new things. While psychology researchers are interested in innovative thinking, clinical psychologists encourage patients to use their artistic expression to confront their feelings. This puts their brain into action.
Creativity turns into a habit. It’s something you have to experience every day; it’s a lifestyle.
I exercise creativity as a skill, but it will not appear like a magic bunny out of a hat.
See creativity as a daily process. As creative people, we often need to feel like our art is somehow impacting people. The end goal is not just about creating something beautiful, which can be part of it but also really having an effect. When you express yourself, you know that you are making an impact that affects the future. That beautiful feeling is creative fulfillment.
Can creativity change your ego?
Creativity is typically seen as a great beneficial trait that many people feel they don’t have or understand. But it is something that everyone has access to. Even if you don’t believe it, you have this skill inside of you. For example, a hairdresser that thinks of a new haircut or a teacher that improves an existing teaching technique. We all use creativity daily, sometimes without even knowing it.
During my research, I discovered that creativity could also have a negative side.
- Some people use their imagination for harmful and destructive purposes like harming others or for selfish benefits.
- Studies show that there is an understanding of how struggles and creativity interrelate. They have identified a link between higher creativity and reduced honesty and humility.
Ultimately, creativity may be better seen as neither of those things. Like most skills, it can be good or bad. Most things in life can be bent or twisted at your will. A chef can use a knife for cooking; for others, it’s an object of self-defense. Creativity may be a great asset for motivation and innovation when you want to create an impact.
Your idea doesn’t have to be perfect to make people smile or think in a new way. And your art does not have to be sold for a certain amount to be valuable.
Here we have some quick ways to spark your creativity:
- Look at life and your surroundings from a different perspective.
The action (try the student, the teacher, and the master or even the crazy approach to star)
- Listen to what other people say on provocative themes and subject matter.
The action (read and gather information on the topic. This helps you to make better decisions)
- Explore and experiment with gear and situations, and read about your heroes and those who inspire you.
The action (changes your environment or even borrow a different camera if you take photos, for example)
Rather than financial fulfillment through projects, more often than not, the passion comes from inside of us.