Being Free to be Creative. How far away do you think you are from your highest potential? To find out focus on becoming self-aware. What do we mean by this? Well, for a start are you feeling confident, relaxed, excited etc right now, or are you scared, anxious and a little down in the dumps? If it’s the former great; the latter then there’s definitely work to be done.
Performance psychology expert Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about seven factors we need to get right if we want to perform well. These include:
100% involvement (being totally focused on the task in hand), having inner clarity (knowing what needs to be achieved and how to do this) and feeling serene to the extent we are ignorant of our own ego. Another factor is having the confidence in ourselves to know that we have the skills and knowledge to perform a particular task.
It all comes down to feeling free and unburdened. When you do experience this, creativity comes naturally and the work is its own reward.
At this stage not only can we also communicate better with others, but also ourselves. After all, you could say that every individual is a public speaker (whether that audience is hundreds of citizens who have opted to attend a local rally you’re talking at, or your neighbour at work). How you communicate is crucial to how well you can influence others. The best way to do this is to always be authentic and sincere. Understandably, others warm to individuals with these qualities.