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3 Types of Mindset to Avoid With Your Creative Work

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3 Types of Mindset to Avoid With Your Creative Work

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Creativity is a gift from Allah (swt).

It is an expression of your internal and external experiences; and a means to have a unique sense of self expression.

Your creative work is yours – alone, aligning smoothly with your fitrah & boldly showing your true self.

In every creative endeavour from writing & crocheting to entrepreneurship, certain skills, attitudes and habits are needed to aid the creative process & expression.

Your mindset also matters.

Here are the 3 types of mindset to avoid, to get your creative juices flowing.

I. Perfectionism. Allah (swt) alone is perfect. And so are His names and attributes. There’s none like Him & none is comparable to Him.

You, on the other hand as part of His Creations, are weak in so many ways – from the physical to spiritual and emotional weaknesses.

Yes, your work can always become better but never perfect. Your work will never attain 100% perfection, so get over it & put in your best. Get the ball rolling and keep directing it wisely.

Try This:
1. Be sincere [Align your creative work with your fitrah].
2. Always give things your best shot.
3. Keep striving.

Last Word. Embrace imperfection, you are only H.U.M.A.N.

II. Arrogance. Arrogance is a disease that grows and flourishes in the heart.

It may start simply with you liking, then obsessing with yourself due to your creative intelligence, work, knowledge, skills and all that you are praised about regarding this work.

Then it begins to grow within, to the extent that when you step outside into the world and meet others, you feel that you are the better one.

What about the better things in life… tawheed, worship & self purification?

The creative mind should be humble; accepting the truth & loooking at others as though they could be better than you in the sight of Allah .

Imam Shafi said that each time he learned something new, he realised how ignorant he was.

What about you?

Try This:
1. Submit to Allah (swt) and to the teachings of Qur’an & sunnah.
2. Be grateful and content with blessings in your life. Say *Alhamdulillah*.
3. Accept the truth, whoever it may come from.

Last Word. Be H.U.M.B.L.E with your creativity, so you can truly sparkle.

III. Negativity. Negativity breeds an unhealthy mental state. It lowers or erodes motivation, causes frustrations and can keep your creative mind struggling.

When you embrace negativity, you see virtually no good around. While a mindset rooted in positivity will always see a glow at the end of a dark tunnel. No matter how difficult and challenging a situation seems, you will find a way positive way out. There are many paths which leads to a positive mindset.

Failure is never a worthy excuse, and neither is fear.

Try This:
1. Have positive thoughts of Allah (swt).
1. Use positive phrases.
2. Engage with positive people.

Last Word. Make every effort to be P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E about life, so you can truly appreciate your creative gifts.

In your creative pursuits you will fall down, make mistakes, get criticised & feel deeply frustrated over & over again.

But remember you are not alone. Always run to Allah (swt).

Allah says, I am as my servant expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers me. If he thinks of Me, I think of him. If he mentions Me in company, I mention him in an even better company. When he comes closer to Me by a handspan, I come closer to him an arm’s length. If he draws closer to Me by an arm’s length, I draw closer by a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him. If my servant comes to Me walking, I go to him running. (Al-Bukhari)

Then return to Him again and again.

Finally,

– Embrace imperfection,
– Be humble &
– Stay positive.

Shun,
– Perfectionism,
– Arrogance &
– Negativity

You will find
– Peace,
– Contentment &
– Enjoyment… in your creative work.

Have you ever dealt with any of these types of Mindset in your creative work? How did you overcome it? Please share below in the comments

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