Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~Edward de Bono
Here is our final segment on Making a Leap Towards Creativity (revised excerpts). The words relate to creating a life on purpose.
Now that you have all three segments right here on www.MargoDegange.com , you may want to print them out so you can read them any time you want to re-focus and put things into perspective. Business and life can get really crazy sometimes, and it’s nice to stop and re-orient ourselves to what really matters!
I believe these thoughts will help you live a prosperous and meaningful life, do your work “on purpose”, and help make a difference every day in your life, your business, and with the people you know and influence!
Last week we left off just before Synthesize Ideas, so let’s pick it up from there, and continue on all the way until we finish off with Create with a Better Future in Mind!
Brainstorming and creativity involves combining ideas, often connecting ideas that would not normally be thought of together. I have personally made it a point in my work to take concepts from one area and fit them into another. For me, combining ideas is a practice, and a way I have learned to think.
In your work, you can do that too. You may be passionate about many things but find you dilute your message, your focus, and your time investment by being too segmented. The goal in synthesizing is to find a common denominator—a way to pull all that you do and all that is important to you into a cohesive whole from which you communicate, live, work, and reach out to others.
I have several businesses that together form the DeGangi Group. Although these are distinct areas and niches, they all work together as a positive whole. They synthesize into one BIG idea, that of personal and professional growth for true, authentic, and passionate living, and creating environments that fully support that mindset.
Create a Personal Culture
I believe that the culture you live by, and resonate with—the culture you personally create (not your ethnic culture) — is the driving force behind the combining and synthesizing of every aspect of your life. Your Personal Culture involves:
●Your value system
●Your ways of communicating and expressing
●Your social activity
Your Personal Culture is an integrated pattern of the knowledge you hold, and it can support a myriad of ideas, innovations, designs, projects, thinking, and accomplishments. Your personal culture that you design is the mastermind that seamlessly ties together everything in your existence.
Visualize What You Want with Detail
When I was 18 years old, I read a book called Psycho-Cybernetics. That book was masterful to me. The ideas it laid out were commanding, and they changed my life. I learned I could visualize things before they happened. I could see it, and therefore experience it.
The night after I read the book, I went bowling with a group of friends. I was determined to put my newly found theory into practice. So I decided to visualize myself as an exquisite bowler. I visualized my arm swinging back and coming forward to release the ball. I visualized the ball rolling down the alley. Then, in my imagination, the pins all fell down. I did this mental routine in my mind just after I stood up to take my turn; it took about 10-15 seconds (I had to exercise patience and self-discipline to visualize it). The result was that I bowled the best game of my life, and everyone was extremely impressed. I became an instant believer in visualizing exactly what I wanted so that those things could become a reality for me!
So how can we apply this to our lives and businesses, and to creating exactly what we want? The answer is that we make it a practice to visualize—with positive emotion attached to the images—the things we want to actually experience in our lives.
I am a strong believer in creating mental pictures and mental movies that work to implant the map of right actions firmly into my subconscious mind. By taking time to “daydream”—to give my mind great visuals and wonderful emotions to go with them—I am setting the stage for my success, and giving my brain the direction and fuel it needs to get me where I want to go.
In addition to visualizing my desires, I speak as though I already own them, because in a spiritual sense I already do, and that is all that matters! I am just waiting to see the actual manifestation in the physical realm. Pipe dream? NO. Belief is the first positive action we must take to create happy, productive, inspiring lives!
You won’t hear me saying things that position me in a place of weakness, lack, or defeat, things like “Someday, when I have enough of ______ I’ll get to do ______”. Instead I say, “What do I want, and what do I need to do to have it?” I know that the desires of my heart are pure, and that I have a right to them simply because they are springing forth from my heart. I know without a doubt that all that I prosper in will empower me to do great works that help others!
Next, I go on to act out the life I want whether or not the feelings are there. I act first, and “feel like it” later. This is a great practice for all of us, because it is a practice of faith! For example, if you want to be a professional speaker, you would first get some training. Then, you would begin to think of yourself as a professional speaker (even while you are getting the training), and you would behave like one, too. Eventually, you WILL feel like one, and others will treat you like one since you command it.
The same principle applies to happiness. If you want to be happy, you should behave in a happy way. Then at some point, you will feel happy. Soon, you will feel happy most all of the time! Of course things may then come along that try to disturb this happiness. No worries. Your job is simply to say “no” to those disturbances.
Without a doubt, our thoughts create our reality!
Make Use of Fantasy
Using fantasy as a tool is a practice I have enjoyed since I was a child. Through fantasy, people like Ben Casey (if you’re over 40 you might know who he is) and Superman often hung out at my house. Benjamin Franklin and I have walked down the street together, and he, along with Sojourner Truth and a few others, have come to one of my parties. The right kind of fantasy will generate amazing ideas and put you in a great mindset, but fantasy is not necessarily about things you know could never really happen. Some fantasies take seed with the sole purpose of being born. It all has to do with desire and a deep longing to experience greater things.
I journal a lot, and my journals all involve crafting a life I have yet to attain, and expressing ideas that have yet to come to full fruition. I write these thoughts out because to me they are as real as if they were materialized. There is no difference to me except that the reality can be experienced tangibly. The joy of visualizing what I want is as exciting and fulfilling to me as is getting it! Interestingly enough, when I go back and look at past journals, it is clear that I have actualized almost all of the things that were written down.
I have used fantasy to establish and reach goals, and to expand my thinking. I have visualized myself sailing the world, designing huge office buildings in New York City, mentoring individuals through undesirable situations, having fun with my kids, enjoying an exciting life with my husband, becoming well known nationally in my trade, getting jobs, getting clients, getting a position on the board of directors of an organization, establishing a collaborative forum for women entrepreneurs, and enjoying success as a writer. I have fantasized about having conversations with important and influential people, and having lunch with Wayne Dyer.
Fantasy is just another reality. It is not tangible; you cannot touch a hard surface in the world of fantasy. Yet, because fantasy is a life created by thought, it is real, and it exists. I have learned more in this world than in the one we can all see and feel. One of the benefits of fantasy is that it actually brings many of those things you desire into existence in your “real” life. This has happened for me many times.
Make use of fantasy as a tool for a greater life.
Allow Movement and Noise!
Creativity is motion. Motion is fluid. Creativity is also animated. It has life. Life moves and life makes sound.
My thoughts are alive. It only makes sense that during the creative process the body shows movement and projects sound. All of the ideas that are swarming around in the brain need a path to move on.
I think doodling is motion, and I think it is noise. It is a way to help us process our thoughts as living things. As you write or sketch or think or create, if there is a pen in hand, funny and unusual marks will manifest onto your paper. This is natural, and it is fitting.
Creativity is not static or inanimate. It is not motionless or unexpressive. You can see thoughts, feel them, and hear them. They are alive! Welcome this movement and noise.
View it in a Different Way
I find it fun and challenging to look at a common object or idea in a new and different way. This is the basis of innovation. One day, long ago, someone tore a little hole in the top of a plastic lid on their coffee cup, and suddenly a whole new world opened up for coffee cup lids and coffee drinkers alike, because the same old object was seen with new eyes.
This concept works well with people, too. I have been married for over 23 years. I look at my spouse with new eyes fairly often. It makes our marriage exciting and fun. My love for my husband deepens when I do this. On the other hand, when I get stuck in a rut and see him in one way, as a person that is not dynamic and new, I behave differently towards him. Our relationship suffers, not because he has changed, but because I have become stagnant in the way I look at him.
Whenever you can, take an objective look at life, at people, and at your work. You may discover things you never knew were there, and you may land on an idea the world is desperately waiting for.
See Beyond, to what is Inside
Seeing “beyond” is essential for expressive creativity. Seeing the “inside” involves your emotions and your intuition more than it involves information, processes, and tasks.
Going beyond the mere surface when thinking about problems or when facilitating new ideas is the essence of creativity. What is hidden becomes important. What is not seen becomes significant for new and innovative thoughts and positive outcomes. Some of your deepest innovativeness is embedded within you, waiting under layers of common thought.
Be willing to take something apart and view it from all sides. Apply the effort to look at problems from a whole new vantage point. What actual, decisive steps can you take to make a positive change? If a certain strategy has not worked in the past, why should you do more of it or why should you use that same strategy but with minor adjustments? What if you look for a totally new and better strategy? What if you erase the old way of thinking and doing things, and search for something completely different? I’m just saying, “what if”?
In my own life, so many of my most powerful thoughts and inventiveness have been repressed and compacted by common and routine thinking. I often have to crawl out from under this mound of the ordinary to find a new light. Then it can shine on my mind to reveal a more creative way of “seeing” and processing the information in front of me. I need to look beyond as part of the creative process. Often this requires “relaxing the mind” and letting go of your normal way of thinking. That’s when you enter “the “beyond”, and that’s where higher thinking just flows!
Broaden and Extend the Boundaries
Sometimes creative thinking involves walking on new ground. You may not always have footsteps to follow, or mentors to guide you. At times you may be faced with situations where a new idea or a new way of thinking is essential, and setting yourself apart or meeting a challenge means coming up with “a color that has never been imagined” so to speak. This is the hardest part of creativity.
Everything does not have to come from you. As a matter of fact, a great deal of it won’t! Many of your inspirations may initially spring forth from the minds of others, and even small improvements or changes to another’s ideas or thoughts can help you to solve problems or see a better way, or allow you to grow both professionally and personally.
Sometimes extending the boundaries means tapping into that ultimate mastermind—the mind that is all thought. I really do believe that so much of creative thinking, if not all of it, is simply about tapping into the source mind, the energy source. Isn’t it interesting that some of the inventions we enjoy today were created by several people at the same time? There were people in history who were writing down their ideas at the same moments in time that others were writing down those same ideas. The only difference is that someone made it into the public eye first. The creative mastermind though, was there for all to tap into.
Maybe there is nothing new under the sun. Maybe then, new ideas originate not under the sun, but above it, where the mastermind resides. I have access to this mind, and I can line up with it at will, tune in so to speak. Then, rather than striving to grasp for creativity, I let it simply come to visit me.
Allow Humor to Come; Welcome and Befriend it
Good humor is born of positive thought. Laughter and humor are natural medicines produced by the apothecary of a creative mind.
I personally embrace humor. Humor comes to me from my creativity, and humor breeds more creativity in me. Humor is alive and exciting. Humor has helped me to cope with pain and sadness and low self-esteem. Humor has helped me to not see myself as more important than I really am. Humor makes me human.
Playfulness too is part of my personality. It allows me to be free and unencumbered. It helps me to relate to others, and it allows them permission to relate to me. It is a way that I can communicate to mere strangers the understanding that I am just like them. We share common experiences.
Humor is one of the easiest ways to connect to strangers without infringing on the line of privacy or personal space.
Having a sense of humor keeps the mind clear and unobstructed. It is like having a clean bloodstream. Emotional disease cannot breed easily in the soul of one who has a sense of humor. Where laughter and lightheartedness are present, emotional health and creativity are given a safe environment on which to grow.
Create with a Better Future in Mind
The point of creativity, of problem solving, of new ideas, of invention, of innovation, is for someone to experience them in a useful and life improving way. This is futuristic thinking. We bring productive thoughts into the physical realm in the form of workable products, ideas, solutions, art, and literature, for example, so that people, including you and I, can experience their benefits. The thoughts are nice, but the manifestation of creative thinking is the actual fruit that others actually get to enjoy.
Creation is POSITIVE! True creativity is about positive outcomes, and it does no intentional harm-ever. Sure, there are imposters to creativity, but the true creative process has good as its goal. All others are fakes! The vision of a better future for humanity is absolutely tied to creativity. All creative energies and pursuits are substantiated by the belief that we are creating a better future for others and ourselves.
I can see a better future. I see it as if it actually exists. This drives my efforts everyday. This is why I never get tired of accomplishing new things. Life is a process, not a destination. There will always be a future. I can experience the things I create as I travel along the way. I am experiencing today what I helped to create yesterday. That is exciting to me. That makes me feel alive. I am part of the future, my future, and I help to create it.
Your future is waiting. Start today to envision it and then create it!
Have a Week of Purposely Creating a Better Future for All!
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