How Not Being Creative is Harming Your Very Survival

How Not Being Creative is Harming Your Very Survival

July 22, 2012 by

Creativity and survival are more closely linked than you might think.

I read recently that one of the things (and I think this is majorly important) that holds people back from enjoying life, seeing success and moving ahead, is a little thing known as reactivity.

Being reactive to a situation, a person or a perceived ‘problem’ means being on auto-pilot. Reacting is not thinking; it is letting emotions control us, before we gather thoughts to actually think something through.

Reactivity is being passive instead of active.

Reactivity is seen in the man who digs himself deeper and deeper into debt. It is seen in the young lady who won’t stop comfort eating, and the guy who seeks approval from other people before feeling satisfied enough (in the short term) that he is a ‘worthy’ human being. Reactivity is effectively the process of dying. Each act of passivity, of non-action you take is harming your own survival as a human.

Being reactive is seeing yourself as the victim. How often do you make yourself out to be the victim? How often do you blame the world around you for your ‘misfortunes’? How many times have you flipped this around and become the owner of what you are doing, seized control, taken responsibility for your life and seen the tremendous advantage that this attitude brings?

Creativity is the opposite of reactivity.

When we create, we are proactive, we are moving forward, we are owning, and we are actually living.

I’d love to hear your comments below!

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About the Author: Alex Mathers

Alex is a project starter, sometimes finisher, writer and illustrator. He started Red Lemon Club in 2009 with the aim of helping talented creative people leave their mark.

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  • Jelena Obradovic

    You really touched the most important topic here. Well at least for me :) Being able to take responsibility for your life in every aspect possible is what we should all aspire to, right? Creativity translates into freedom – freedom of choice and freedom of caring for other people’s opinions. As long as you are living up to someone else’s expectations and not your own, you are just a reactor, not a creator. Freedom takes guts. But only freedom is true happiness :) Great article, thank you!