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Is Your Hyper-Creativity Causing You to Fail?


Have you ever asked yourself,

“How is it possible I can have so many great ideas and still not be very successful?”

Do you feel as if your ideas flow so fast and furious that you can’t maintain one direction long enough to achieve the success you want?

Do the ideas in your brain make you feel like this:

When you wish you felt more like this:

Read the below scenario and see if it rings any bells with you:

There you are cranking through your next blog post writing like a fiend and you just know it’s going to be a life-changing zinger for your readers. Then, halfway between the 4th and 5th paragraph an idea IDEA hits you. OMG! It’s an amazing thought. You quickly save your post and hop onto the Google train to search out your new idea. You feel high as new thoughts and ideas hit you fast and furious. You begin collecting info and then you realize the only way you can introduce your idea properly is to create an infograph. The fact that you’ve never done one doesn’t stop you. You just do a little online reading to learn how and within a short period of time you begin creating your first infograph. Partway through the first section you try and track down just the right image to insert but it doesn’t exist so you decide to create your own. Well, images are not your forte since you’re not a designer so you download some free image editing software, find a template…. That night you’re lying in bed with a vague feeling of discomfort. You’re thinking, what did I do today? “Well, I did a lot. I got this great new idea, learned how to create infographs, discovered awesome image editing software…”

Then a little voice in your head says, “But you didn’t finish your blog post. Again.”

You may not have found yourself in that exact scenario but if you “suffer” from tons of great ideas but the apparent inability to truly succeed at something, keep reading because…

…you could be suffering from Hyper-Creative Personality.

And get this, hyper-creativity has some traits that are similar to ADHD.

Check this out:

Surprising similarities between the characteristics of those with ADHD and people who are highly creative and inventive has been demonstrated in the last few decades. Creative people are born explorers, temperamentally dissatisfied with the mundane. The traits of inattention, impulsiveness, restlessness, daydreaming, lack of social skills, enthusiasm, hyperactivity, and difficulty in finishing projects are descriptive of successful and creative people as well as “ADDers.” (http://borntoexplore.org/evolve.htm)

Here are some Hyper-Creative Traits:

  1. You get high on new ideas and you have lots of them
  2. You get impatient and bored with carrying through on details
  3. It’s hard to carry a project through to completion
  4. You start a new project with gusto but a few days into it you hate it
  5. You have strong gut feelings about your ideas

Having so many great ideas but being unable to apply them in a way that leads to the success you crave can be more than frustrating – it can be hugely depressing.

If you are hypercreative and it’s keeping you from succeeding, what can you do about it?

How can you channel some of that creative juice into success juice?

Here’s how.

I’m creating a series of articles specifically for hyper-creative types to help you take some of that wonderful manic creative flow and turn it into wonderful manic success flow.

This 1st on post has only 1 purpose:

to bring your attention to what is going on inside you because once you begin to understand about hyper-creativity you can begin to better accept yourself and stop trying to be something you are not. I’ve purposely kept this post straightforward with minimal links and distractions (just in case that might help you stay on task. If not, well, I tried.)

Self-Help for the Hyper-Creative: Step 1

Part A. Emotional Acceptance

Begin here: Recognize that there is nothing wrong with you

Really. There isn’t. I know you feel like there is, but there isn’t.

You already know that a lot of the world is not like you. Many people would love to have your “problem” because they spend a lot of time trying to access more of their creativity. In fact, I’ve written a couple of books for boosting and tapping into creativity – Your Creativity from Ordinary to Extraordinary and Mindful Creativity, Tips and Inspiration to Unleash Your Creativity and Purpose.

You might secretly think there is something wrong with you because you feel like you have no stick-to-it-ness. You might believe you are a failure because you can’t seem to follow through with anything (and people have probably been reminding you of this your whole life.

You might even be worn out with the barrage of damn ideas that seem to come to you, unbidden, at the most inconvenient times like the middle of the night – or in the middle of another project – yet you feel intense internal pressure to pursue the new idea anyway.

Hyper-creativity, like being male or female, is part of who you are and it’s okay.

Part B. Your Goal

What your goal is not:

Your goal should NOT be to learn how to put a stopper on your creative flow so you can fit in, learn to love the details and get things done. So please, stop trashing yourself for being something you are not.

What your goal is:

Your goal SHOULD be to learn how to harness your ideas in ways that allow you to better distinguish the ideas with more potential for your life and how to follow through in ways that will vastly improve your success, personally and professionally.

Final Remarks

Hyper-creativity can be your greatest asset rather than your enemy. The next post in this series will have Self-Help for the Hyper-Creative: Step 2. 

Until then remember, whether you’re working on a post, an ebook , a work project or presentation, or the next best greatest thing that is going to make all of our lives better, it’s okay to once in a while slow down.

Just a little.

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About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

4 comments… add one

  • Nikhil

    Thank you very very much for writing this. Now I know why I have still not achieved anything even though everyday I get a lot of ideas.Hope to read more on hypercreativity and how to actually focus.

  • This resonated with me so much I was startled. When I re-read it more slowly, it was almost like we had sat down and had a nice long talk.

    Your writing helps me so much. I’m still all over the place most days, but I believe I’m “falling forward” because of writing such as yours.

    Many thanks, Karen.
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    • Ruth, fellow hypercreative friend, I’m starting to do more and more writing in the area of hypercreativity (and am working a book) because too many hypercreative people feel as if there is something wrong with them. I generally don’t push my own products since it’s not my style but you probably saw in my recent post that I’m going to release a Hypercreative Survival Kit pretty soon if you’re interested. I’m really excited about being able to help people in this area because too much of what I see out there tells people that if you want to succeed you have to pick one thing and stick with it. Impossible! We’re going to break that misconception. Anyway, as always, thank you so much for reading zencopy and for taking the time to comment.

  • loststoner

    Great post, thanks!