During the week I was in the car with my wife travelling around Austria and she mentioned to a colleague, 'Comfortable is the enemy of Art' referring to her work in the performing arts. It got me thinking that indeed being comfortable in our lives, is an enemy to our growth and creativity. When was the last time you felt truly uncomfortable? What did you learn from that experience?
Doing new things takes us out of our comfort zone and it is here I believe where we truly grow. Where we come to terms with ourselves. In all stories, the hero goes on a journey and is trialed.
When was your last real trial?
When was your character tested?
Perhaps it was a decision to do a certain thing and not another, to speak up or not let something slide.
To call out a foul against someone, knowing you might endanger yourself.
In our lives we aim for comfort. A nice place to live, steady work, a good pay check and then some homely comforts. At some point though, this might prevent us from growing. We grow used to our routines and then suddenly life is there, comfortable.
So, perhaps try something new. Ballroom dancing classes, drawing, something artistic. Don't let the, 'I wasn't any good, my parents told me..' story get in the way here. Just try it for the sake of it. We don't have to create income, a new direction or find our life's purpose from doing this, but we will grow. We will access some creative part of ourselves that might help in other areas of our life. It will increase our confidence that we can do something.
Watch children, they create all the time, without the need to create a business, be a certain someone or have certain things. They do it because it seems like a good idea at that moment. The more I watch my kids, the more I am reminded of this! PLAY! Creativity is PLAY!
Don't be comfortable. Be creative!
David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.