I came across this infographic a few days ago and it got me thinking.
2013 is a year of celebrating milestones for me. I am 30 years old celebrating my fifth year of marriage and tenth year in a relationship. I’m a decade into my marketing career, and just celebrated my fifth anniversary at work. In the last five years I completed my MBA, had a child, and decided to start running so I could have more energy to focus on my family and career. Needless to say, commitment hasn’t been lost on me. What has been, and what I’ve been struggling with these past few years is creativity. At work.. at home… in my day to day routine. When nothing is forcing things to change, they pretty much stay the same. I’ve had some wonderful accomplishments, but where do I go from here? How do I keep things fresh?
Creativity… is a bitch. I’m a firm believer you’re either born with it or not and have always considered myself one of the “have nots.” Having been born the youngest into a family of artists, it was expected that I would inherit the gene, yet it never quite settled on me.
Still, I envy others who have it. Creativity can be a godsend if you know how to harness and apply it. There are people who can throw out ideas in brainstorming meetings without losing themselves in the “how.” People who can see the whole through the pieces. People who can make something from nothing. Turn a blank slate into color. Yeah, I envy them.
But on the other hand, I know lots of creative people who struggle with some of the same things I think I excel in, which leads me to believe creativity is only half the puzzle. I think the other half is momentum. The ability to take an idea and see it through, commit and keep it moving. I call these people “movers.” The difference I see is this: Creatives give birth to ideas, and movers raise them. They are able to take an idea and carry it through to the finish.
They say with age comes understanding, and it took me until my 30th year to appreciate that what I was born with may be equally as important as creativity– motivation and commitment. The ability to keep moving. I appreciate these traits I see in myself that somehow allow me to keep the ball going when others have forgotten about it. It takes a lot of energy and commitment to keep things going in our relationships year after year. We have to work at it every day to stay motivated to keep up the momentum. We can never get complacent, or think that we’re too accomplished, or too smart, or too old to try something new.
I sincerely hope that my next 30 years will be just as accomplished as my first 30, and every day I commit to focus on that goal.
With the help of this infographic, of course.