Uncategorized | 03/30/2017
Do You Know What’s Keeping You From Lasting Change?
I started playing guitar when I was in junior high. I was mostly messing around and filling up time with something that seemed challenging and interesting. I didn’t take lessons. I didn’t make a big deal about it, but I played until my fingers bled and calloused. I liked playing and I liked the idea of making music.
The college band scene is ripe with people like me who weren’t really looking to make a career out of playing but enjoyed being creative. It’s also full of people like me getting kicked out of bands when everyone else wants the band to “get serious” or “make it big.”
Inevitably, that happened to me, and I bought into the idea that I should probably stop messing around with music. I wasn’t really a musician, after all. I wasn’t creative.
Do you remember a time when you were told you weren’t creative and you believed it? It might not have been said in those exact words.
Maybe you were still in elementary school and you thought everyone else’s drawings looked a lot more realistic than yours. Or maybe you looked up from something you were creating in shop class and realized your teacher was shaking his head at what you were doing.
Most of us don’t escape adolescence without an experience that tells us to leave the creative work to the truly gifted people. That’s a sad reality because the truth is we are all inherently creative, and tapping into that creativity is one of the keys to creating lasting change in your life.
Last week, we talked about the first roadblock to lasting change – not addressing the real issue.
This week, I want to talk about the second roadblock: failure to think creatively.
It may seem predictable to have the guy who oversees a creative team tell you that you aren’t being creative enough, but there’s no way around this one. Creativity is essential to problem solving, and problem solving is the only way to figure out how to change.
Of course, I’m not saying the best way to bring about change in your life is through random bursts of creativity. I’m talking about looking at the problem you identified and finding a creative solution.
It’s normal to solve our problems with the most obvious or widely used answer. But what if you already applied that answer and it didn’t stick? In that situation, it’s tempting to think we’ll succeed if we do the same thing again and just try harder.
But often what we really need is a more creative solution.
Here are some questions to help you look for more creative solutions:
- If I had no constraints at all, what would I do?
- If time was the only constraint, how would I handle this?
- If money was the only constraint, what would my next step be?
- If I could pull anyone in to help me with this problem, who would it be?
What are some of the questions you ask yourself when you need to be creative? I’d love to hear about your process.
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