Before You Create… Determine Your Mindset

Do you have a burning desire to create things, but you don’t know where to start?

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Before you begin to create anything, you need to determine your mindset.

But what is mindset anyway?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindset as “a person’s way of thinking and their opinions.”

While the Free Dictionary states, it is “a fixed mental attitude that predominates a person’s response to and interpretations of situations.”

Your mindset is your way of thinking, and it can impact everything you do.

Bottom line: your mindset is a pretty big deal.

Your mindset can stand in the way of whatever it is you want to accomplish.

It can also help you produce groundbreaking ideas or create incredible pieces of artwork.

Since mindset is so important, let’s take a quick look at two types.

Two Types of Mindset You Need To Know

While some studies show there are 15 different types of mindset, let’s focus on two that are critical to your ability to create: the growth mindset and the fixed mindset.

Growth and fixed: The words alone paint a vivid mental picture.

A growth mindset is when people believe that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. This approach to life is most important for those who want to learn expand everything in their life.

While those who have a fixed mindset believe they were just born a certain way and they cannot change. People who believe this mindset think that either you have something—like talent or creativity—or you don’t.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like having a growth mindset gives you much more opportunity in life.

This positive outlook can help you reach new heights and tap into potential creativity that you never knew existed within your core being.

When you have a growth mindset, creating and painting is so much easier.  

You may think, “I don’t know how to paint or have creativity, but I’m open to learning.”

On the other hand, if you have a fixed mindset, you won’t even try to unlock your creative side if you don’t think you have it.

The good news is that you don’t have to stay where you are. You can change your mindset. In fact, you can easily develop a growth mindset.

While there are many techniques and approaches for changing your mindset, this post isn’t about that.

Just know that every “how to change your mindset checklist” embraces a mind over matter approach.

Here’s What I Know to Be True

You can learn all the techniques you want about how to do anything in life, but if you don’t have the right mindset, you won’t get very far.

You need to be open to learning, so you know what to do when you get stuck.

And let’s face it, we ALL get stuck sometimes — especially when we are stretching, growing, and learning.

I encourage you to use statements and affirmations that can help you when you get stuck and feel like you can’t go any further.  

When you don’t know what to do, just remember that mistakes can help you learn and grow.

In fact, read through some of these affirmations so you can say them to yourself the next time you get stuck:

Mistakes help me learn and grow.

I haven’t figured it out… yet.

I CAN do hard things.

This might take time and effort, but that’s okay—I’m moving towards my goal.

I’m striving for progress, not perfection.

I love this last affirmation statement about progress so much.

You know, so many times I feel like I have worked my head off during the week, and yet I don’t feel like I’ve been doing anything.

But then, I stop to ask myself, “Do I feel like I made progress?”

And THAT is the most important thing: I focus on my progress; my journey from where I was to where I am now.

By embracing my growth mindset, instead of berating myself or putting judgment on myself, I am able to realize that I have made progress.

Now that you have a basic understanding of mindset… you, too, can take action towards your creative potential.