When I first told my partner, Chuck, that I was compelled to explore “creative genesis” in my next blog post, he looked at me and said, “Don’t you mean creative genius?” I smiled and started to share my thoughts on the topic, and as his curiosity grew I knew this concept was wildly provocative and something that I had to share with you.
Let me start by stating that I operate from a perspective that there is a creative genius in all of us. We are inherently designed that way. Creative “genesis” is altogether different. The dictionary defines genesis as “the coming into being of something; the origin.” We have the ability to generate (genesis) anything we desire because we are born as a creative genius.
You may be familiar with the notion that there are two ways of interacting with our world. The first is a reactive mindset. If something happens in our lives we react to it. It can be something as simple as an email. You get an email and you respond to it. Or maybe someone says something about you. You react to what was said.
I find that I often spend much of my day in a reactive mindset. I maintain what is, keeping the status quo. It is a thought process and an energetic groove that I get into, answering one email and then the next. I find that I even begin looking for things to react to—a comfort zone that is so comfortable and natural that it feels like breathing. This mindset will eventually become deflating and depleting over time.
The second way we interact with our world is in a creative mindset. When we are in a creative mindset, we can make something new from nothing or from what is happening. A great example of this can be taken from the recent global recession. Many folks lost their jobs and remain angry or resistant to what happened. And there are others who, after losing their jobs, created some new business or opportunity from what happened to them. They learned to quickly recover from the circumstance and put their thinking into creative mode and began to see what was possible (It has been proven that more new ideas are generated during a recession than at any other time). Many of my clients over the years have realized after the fact that what they were most fearful of actually became the gift to change and wake up their life.
The creative mindset gives me energy! As invigorating as it is, though, I notice I spend less of my day in this mindset. In my coaching and leadership work, others share that they do the same. We invite circumstances, like work and mundane tasks, to distract us from being creative. Why?
I sense that our reactive mindset is based in fear. It has a job to keep us safe, which is a good thing. Yet over time, it moves from a sense of safety to utter boredom. The creative mindset takes deep courage and vulnerability. It requires a compelling purpose and is built on hunger for something new. Creative genesis requires a big shift in where we put our attention in our daily lives. Many feel so alone in making this shift happen!
As your Bigger Game advocate I have some thoughts on how you can be more creative and less reactive in your daily experience.
Seven Simple Ideas for staying in a creative mindset
- Stop looking backwards.
- No more blaming. Take responsibility.
- Stop comparing.
- Ask and notice in your day what is working?
- What moves you emotionally?
- Look for the best use of you in your work and personal life.
- Go create an ideal experience, i.e., if you love food, take a cooking class to experience creating something new in a very real tangible way.
Imagine if you could co-create with life and not react to it! It is an investment well worth the effort. We are all creative geniuses—that is a given. Remember being in a “creative genesis” mindset is a conscious choice you can make at any moment with all your circumstances.
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More to come-