I hear people say the phrase, “I’m not a creative person” all the time. The other variation I hear is “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “My sister got the creative genes in our family.”

The misconception is that some people are born creative and some are not. The only difference is that “creative people” have the right habits in place to develop their innate talent. It has nothing to do with genetics, luck, or personality. It has everything to do with habits and commitment.

If you feel you are not creative, but would like to be creative, there is good news. It starts with making a decision to discover and develop your talent, even if you do not know what it is. You will likely remember a time when you enjoyed doing something, like painting or sculpture. Maybe it’s not art; for some people, it’s business or debate. We all have something we were made to do, and it’s hard to be happy without pursuing it.

Your day job and other obligations may not afford you much time to spend on your talents, but even five minutes a day can make all the difference in the world, at least at first. Most of us are busy and deal with constant interruptions. That’s why it is so critical to put systems in place to protect the practice and development of your best and highest skill set. Spending a lot of time on it every day is not required. Consistency is the key. Even if you don’t have much to give to it, giving what you can is the important part.

It’s too easy to get caught up in the grind of paying the bills. Giving up on our talents is not a service to anyone. Refusing to develop our unique gifts because we are “not creative” is a sure-fire way to make ourselves miserable, as well as everyone else around us.

If you are willing to make a decision to spend time each day developing your talent, even if it is not much, new ideas will start to come. Solutions will begin to appear. People are resources will come to your aid. Obstacles will move out of your way.

Make the commitment first, and then you’ll see the proof. That’s the way of it.