“Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.” ~ Roger von Oech
Continuing on the subject of ‘The Power of Creative Thinking,’ believing in your creativity and nurturing your skills. It’s been said that we walk around with a highly functioning computer, the brain, capable of anything. Not sure there’s justification in comparing the brain to a computer because computers operate on binary codes to compute output based on the information it’s given. The brain is an extraordinarily complex network of sensories that creates its patterns rather than regurgitate input. Our brain cannot distinguish fact from fiction in detail which leads to Napoleon Hill’s “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” A computer’s reality is that of its user.
The proof is this is evident in all the creative ideas you dream about and long to create, your fertile imagination. Whether a business, piece of artwork, clothing, a blog post. All of these are conceptualised in our mind, with persistence and determination birthed into reality. The ambiguity of reality means either you wish to follow your dreams or you don’t. You can’t vacillate following or not following and still expect to produce something you have to pursue those dreams. Before the artist puts a stroke of paint on canvas there is no hesitation because he/she has already created that picture in their mind or has a model sitting in from of them.
The difficult part of creativity. Yes, there is always difficulty in anything we try to do because life has a wicked sense of humour. The struggle to create comes from our inability to stay in the ‘flow.’ That matrix of consciousness where creativity dwells, the state that’s not limited by education, social status or mental capacity. Once you become receptive you will never fall short of ideas or the ability to snap out of procrastinating because everything you want to achieve will become your top priority.
Take time to pause so as to avoid burn out or over-exhausting your creative juices and by all means remain active in sharpening your skills. Creativity like everything else dies without stimulation.
©Etta D. Richards