What do champions have to do with your discovery process? Just like any part of the creative journey, we are not in this alone. Creative life doesn’t exist in a vacuum; we live amongst other people, and they will always play a part in our creative process. While there may be negative experiences with certain people in our creative journeys, there are also opportunities to find creative champions. It’s these champions that help us make the most of our creative journey experiences, especially during the tentative, exciting process of Discovery.
Champions come in all forms and often from surprising places. They might be friends, mentors, coworkers, even family members. Whatever form they take, they all have one defining characteristic: they celebrate and care about your successes and milestones as much or more than they do their own achievements. They care about you, your creativity, and your creative journey. These champions have spotted something special in you, and their great dream is to see you live to your fullest creative potential.
So how do you recognize the champions in your life? Like I already said, the hallmark of champions is that they care about you and your creative future. Champions will look for ways to support you in your creative endeavors, often through providing some form of physical, emotional, or educational resources toward your creativity. Maybe your Champion is the aunt who always gave you art supplies at Christmas, or the teacher who pushed you to explore poetry. The Champions see your burgeoning creative gifts, and they want to help you make the most of them
How else do champions help you in the Discovery process? Champions help by enabling you to see. They are most often the ones to recognize your gift even before you discover it yourself, and they are eager to help you seize the opportunities to try your gifts. They are often the first to give you permission to pursue your gift, coming alongside you in that moment of decision between your current life and the creative gift that beckoning you to step out. Just when you feel too afraid to try, they declare you to be ready and able. Even when you can’t see your creative potential, they can, and they won’t let you hide from a chance to do something wonderful with it.
If you already have Champions in your creative Discovery process, wonderful! If you haven’t found champions yet, don’t despair. They’re probably lurking right under your nose, quietly encouraging your gifts, even if you don’t see them. Pay attention to your relationships, and make a point to pursue connections with people who make you feel encouraged, capable, and equipped in your creativity. These people will make your creative journey richer and more complete, and will enable you to achieve things you couldn’t accomplish on your own.
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in the South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative outlets; when she isn’t making art or writing, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!