Are you creative?
It’s a question I've asked countless clients upon our first meeting. Regardless of how intriguing their personal and professional identities have been -- parent, business owner, philanthropist, neurosurgeon -– few have considered themselves to be creative. Yet in our work together, I’ve discovered quite the opposite.
When we think of creativity, we tend to have specific ideas about who belongs to the club. Kids? Absolutely. Musicians, artists, designers? Of course. But ourselves? Not really.
What would change if your answer was yes?
The path to successful adulthood can often disconnect us from our creative instincts. As young children, we revel in our unbridled creativity even though our crowning achievement might literally be a messy scribble of crayon. As we grow up, we learn what’s “right” and what’s rewarded, and funnel our efforts toward optimal expertise and accomplishment. For many high achievers, self-expression becomes targeted and practical.
I believe that creativity is as much a feeling of inner freedom and wholeness as it is a specific artistic endeavor.
Over the years, it's easy to lose touch with that feeling as we cull ourselves to fit our chosen roles. And when we reach a crossroads in our lives –- a particular age, watching our kids leave the nest, or considering our personal and career legacy -– we sometimes find that our most enviable accomplishments are accompanied by a vague sense of “is this all there is?”
If this feels familiar to you, I invite you to a rediscovery.
The goal of coaching is to help you recognize and reclaim your inherent creative capacity and to leverage this shift in self-perception.
You’ve likely experienced your own creativity in countless ways throughout your life, without ever thinking of it as such. Creativity lives in the space where you drop what you “should” know and open to what you “could” know. Where you allow yourself to not have all the answers. Where you let curiosity lead.
Creative people do see the world differently. But that’s because they see themselves differently.
By embracing yourself as a creative person, you give yourself permission to expand. You question the limitations you’ve assumed for yourself. You meet challenges in all areas of life with fresh eyes. You see that problems can rarely be solved with the same thinking that created them, so you invite new thinking.
The piano is a powerful gateway. Music has likely been the soundtrack to every version of “you” that has existed over your lifetime. It can help you reconnect to the meaningful parts of yourself that may have been forgotten. And it provides fertile ground for the development of new skills and habits as you immerse yourself in a fascinating new language.
I often say that people “play who they are.” The way you approach the instrument provides valuable insight into your way of being in other areas, and the changes you make at the piano can have exciting ripple effects in the rest of your life.
Curious? Allow me to be your guide.
"Exploring the piano at 50 years old gave me a language that I didn’t know, a confidence that I needed, and a selfish, only-for-me hobby that gave me the idea to do other things like that just for me. Not about kids, not about a job, not about a husband... Having piano in my life opened up doors to other possibilities."
- Lori A.
"You have untapped something in me that might just be an important part of who I actually am."
- Dennis A.