• Sheldon Pryor

Breaking the Creative Barrier of Indifference



You probably wish you were more creative, more artistic, more innovative. So, what’s stopping you?


Indifference.


Indifference is a “lack of interest, concern, or sympathy”. Indifference is going through the motions of life, staying within the lines, and silencing the voice of creativity inside of you. It’s never purposeful, not always intentional, but always externalized. You can’t hide indifference.

You can’t hide indifference.

In business, there is a principle known as the “blue ocean strategy”. There is a blue ocean, stretching out as far as the eyes can see. Characterized by every industry, idea, or scratch on a piece of paper that has never been executed. The blue ocean is a space of wonder, innovation, and creative excellence. This is where you and I belong.


But…


There is a red ocean. The red ocean has turned red due to an overabundance of copycats and innovators who have lost their innovative edge. With no vertical ambitions, Creatives turn to horizontal conquest.

With no vertical ambitions, Creatives turn to horizontal conquest.

They have become indifferent.


Indifference is not an overnight condition. It is the slow erosion of a creative mind, caged in fear and tradition.

Indifference is not an overnight condition. It is the slow erosion of a creative mind, caged in fear and tradition.

No Creative has ever purposefully embarked down the road of indifference. Every red ocean once had its blue days.


There are 3 major reasons that I believe lead creatives into the pitfall of indifference (or worse).


#1 – You lose your why.


Your why is the compass of your dreams. Your why is the navigator of your creativity. It is what inspires you to do the hard things for the right reasons.

  • Making time for your morning routine.

  • Committing to being a life-long student through podcasts, books, articles, and even college classes.

  • Finetuning your craft through practice and hard work.

  • Pushing yourself outside of self, or world-imposed boundaries.


Without a why creatives begin to self-identify with their grind over their purpose.

There is nothing easy about being a Creative. We dived into just a fraction of the necessary ingredients for creative excellence above. It is of utmost importance that you highlight the why.

  • Make it visible! Write it in a journal or sticky note it to your mirror for just a couple of ideas.

  • Make it known! Talk to your friends, mentors, and family about it.

  • Make it evident! Take steps now to reach your why. In the Old Testament, they placed twelve memorial stones in the river Jordan. They served as a memorial for what God did that day in Joshua 4. Likewise, you will need some steps in your life to point back to when you are feeling discouraged, distracted, or downright frustrated.

Without a why creatives begin to self-identify with their grind over their purpose.

#2 – You compare your average to another’s highlight reel.


Social media is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. If we’re not careful though, it can also be one of the most destructive.


When we fall into the trap of comparison, we tend to protect ourselves through indifference.

We tell ourselves lies like, “I don’t really care that much about…” or “I could live without…”. It is much easier to draw lines of indifference than to cross over the barriers of creativity.


I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count the times that I have been discouraged by what God was doing in my life compared to the perception of what God was doing through the lives of others.


If we’re not careful, we can begin to feel like we are left behind and underappreciated. This is a dangerous place to be in, both with man and God.


It’s also a lie!


The curated Instagram feeds of your friends and neighbors are real, but they are not the reality that great innovators and creatives live daily. What you are doing at this moment may not be glamorous, but never forget the beauty in what is unseen and unnoticed.


Not every day is going to look like the ultimate plan that God has for your life. Saul had to lower himself in humility to chase the tails of donkeys before he could dine in a high place of anointing.

Saul had to lower himself in humility to chase the tails of donkeys before he could dine in a high place of anointing.

What Saul might have thought was a lowly assignment was visible to a God who is highly exalted. The prophet Samuel told Saul not to worry about the donkeys he had lost three days ago. (1 Samuel 9:19) God knew the assignment and God knew the time!


Remember this-- No matter how insignificant the step might seem; God’s plan is always vertical.

No matter how insignificant the step might seem; God’s plan is always vertical.


#3 – You work for human appraisal over divine purpose.


When creatives begin to work for human appraisal over divine purpose, the sacrifice will always be creativity. The more pressure you put on yourself to achieve perfection, the less creative you will actually be.


Creativity is not a performance, it's a spirit. It's an attitude of joy and wonder.


When you lose sight of this, you can become indifferent. All that matters is a set objective or goal that is pleasing to your audience.


When looking at the importance of remembering the why, we can take a cue from the Romans. The Bible says that they "exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.” (Romans 1:25, NIV) They placed greater value on the how, the physical form of creativity, over the why—the splendor and glory of the Creator.


If we are not careful, our creations can become our idols. When our creations become our idols, indifference becomes our lifestyle. We refuse to change or adapt to the world around us. We bring an average approach to a creative world.

When our creations become our idols, indifference becomes our lifestyle.

Don't. Give. In.


The Creator is calling you to be Creative. Don't settle for indifference.


There is a generation that needs your creative touch. There is a world in need of innovators. Don't settle for the red sea!


Maybe today you are feeling discouraged. You feel like you have lost your creativity. It would be easy to settle for indifference in order to protect yourself from the burden of your passion, your calling.


I encourage you to lean in closer to God! Remind yourself of the why. Let Him speak into your life.


Your greatest days are still ahead of you.

God isn't finished with you yet.


Allow the Creator to continue to write your story!


The Creative Advantage.

© 2020 by Sheldon Pryor.