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Want to IGNITE your creativity? Get uncomfortable…!

I’ve come to believe that creativity stems from an unmet desire. A desire to be seen. A desire to be expressed. A desire to make something as close to perfection as possible. And many times that desire comes from being uncomfortable.

The pain we often feel is our creativity dying to be expressed. But what do most of us do? We stay safe, WELL inside our comfort zone because we fear death. And in that fear, what happens? Our creativity and our soul begins to die as well.

This year has been an amazing year for me. Falling deeper in Love with Jenna, being on the Lifeclass Tour, signing with Hay House. going to London, and then Maui soon, speaking for the first time at Marie Forleo’s “Rich, Happy and Hot LIVE“ and speaking at the Hay House IGNITE Conference in NYC in November, plus launching a new site soon. It’s A LOT. And TDL is still a really small team.

And each, is a step outside my comfort zone. And each step outside my comfort zone brings fear. And with fear comes resistance. And with resistance comes friction and in that friction life is born. And in that new life, I get a new perspective and in that new perspective dawns NEW creativity.

It is in the uncomfortable, scary place that we create the best. When our survival is on the line, our evolutionary impulse to create or die emerges. THAT is when the best stuff comes out of us. Which is why I’ve set one of my main intentions in life to always be on the knife’s edge of my comfort zone and always a little bit afraid.

I think I’ve been MORE afraid this year than in any year in the past. And that is by GRACE and also by choice. What’s happened to me and TDL this year has been total GRACE, but the CHOICE that I have made to say YES to the adventure is what keeps me and TDL in the GRACE ZONE. And being in the grace zone is terrifying because it is a direct line into the unknown, into necessary uncertainty. And in that space, new content for blogs comes, new creative ideas come.

While I’ve been in London I’ve been TOTALLY inspired for the design of a new online product I’m launching in the fall. ALL the design elements for the site have come from being in London. Who knows what they would have been if I would have stayed at home. But, yet again, more creativity, new insight, new perspective and new life are born from risk taking.

That is where the richness of life comes from. From diving into the scary unknown with nothing but passion, and FAITH and then coming out the otherside ALIVE, WELL and freshly INSPIRED.

This is how to ignite your creativity. Where in your life can you ignite yours? Leave a comment on the blog and let me know!

Love from London,

Mastin

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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Jenny

    We always have hope in that grace zone.  Creative acts are acts of hope.

  • Jenny

    We always have hope in that grace zone.  Creative acts are acts of hope.

  • http://everlastingmatrimony.com/ Sheryl Kurland

    “Creativity” is also an important tool to resolving relationship issues.  It’s not just a ”solo” behavior/expression of being.  So many relationships fail because they reach the same road block time and again, and then throw in the towel.  A key to getting through the roadblock is “creativity” together, digging deep, pushing both of your boundaries in partnership to find answers/solutions…and then you can continue to love each other.

  • http://everlastingmatrimony.com/ Sheryl Kurland

    “Creativity” is also an important tool to resolving relationship issues.  It’s not just a ”solo” behavior/expression of being.  So many relationships fail because they reach the same road block time and again, and then throw in the towel.  A key to getting through the roadblock is “creativity” together, digging deep, pushing both of your boundaries in partnership to find answers/solutions…and then you can continue to love each other.

  • mlle reina

    Mastin, thank you so much for this post. I have been in a similar place as you this past year and it has indeed been by grace and by choice. Some days it is really hard, but I try to live from a grateful and humble heart, which is what helps me see the bigger picture. Creativity is the source of all greatness and that power must be rooted in love.

  • mlle reina

    Mastin, thank you so much for this post. I have been in a similar place as you this past year and it has indeed been by grace and by choice. Some days it is really hard, but I try to live from a grateful and humble heart, which is what helps me see the bigger picture. Creativity is the source of all greatness and that power must be rooted in love.

  • Heather Cherie

    Thank you, that’s all there’s really to say for me.  Lots of love. 

  • Heather Cherie

    Thank you, that’s all there’s really to say for me.  Lots of love. 

  • Stylebyjessica

    Hi Mastin! Thank you for this message. As always, your blog posts are in line with where I am and my conversations with people.  I have been recently going outside my comfort zone and growing tremendously from it.  With family, friends, career, and finances.  In some areas I play safe and others I move with fluidity.  I thought about this and wondered why can’t I be fluid everywhere?? It then came to be b/c I don’t trust people or myself enough to do and be me everywhere.  I was placing judgements on myself and others (not trusting the outcome no matter what) therefore holding me back from my greatness or God-given authentic self.  I am now seeing myself as love and trust, inviting that inside, and creating it with others.  Thank you for your service and great message!! Jessica Roman

  • Stylebyjessica

    Hi Mastin! Thank you for this message. As always, your blog posts are in line with where I am and my conversations with people.  I have been recently going outside my comfort zone and growing tremendously from it.  With family, friends, career, and finances.  In some areas I play safe and others I move with fluidity.  I thought about this and wondered why can’t I be fluid everywhere?? It then came to be b/c I don’t trust people or myself enough to do and be me everywhere.  I was placing judgements on myself and others (not trusting the outcome no matter what) therefore holding me back from my greatness or God-given authentic self.  I am now seeing myself as love and trust, inviting that inside, and creating it with others.  Thank you for your service and great message!! Jessica Roman

  • Anngoulburn

    Mastin, perfectly timed post for my life today.  My journey has been difficult over the past year.  So much pushing through and endurance.  Lately I have meditated on grace and gratitude and not being a regular meditator, I do feel it has helped.  I am about to embark on a career journey and I am definitely in a place of “uncomfortable” – I guess that’s how I’m supposed to feel.  Going to try and embrace my creativity by going to BlogHer ’12 in NYC at the end of the week.  

    I remain hopeful and grateful,

  • Anngoulburn

    Mastin, perfectly timed post for my life today.  My journey has been difficult over the past year.  So much pushing through and endurance.  Lately I have meditated on grace and gratitude and not being a regular meditator, I do feel it has helped.  I am about to embark on a career journey and I am definitely in a place of “uncomfortable” – I guess that’s how I’m supposed to feel.  Going to try and embrace my creativity by going to BlogHer ’12 in NYC at the end of the week.  

    I remain hopeful and grateful,

  • SK

    nice one!

  • SK

    nice one!

  • Rakesh

    In brief Being safe is risky in these crazy times and Being Risky is the new safe!
    Thanks Mastin for the lovely blog!

  • Rakesh

    In brief Being safe is risky in these crazy times and Being Risky is the new safe!
    Thanks Mastin for the lovely blog!