When sitting with a problem, avoid settling for “this is hard”, and instead, add a “but”. The “but” leaves the door open to a solution. So then, “this is hard” turns into, for example, “this is hard, but I can find an answer”. “This is hard” is a verbalisation of a state of mind. It’s a definitive state of mind–a close loop from which there is no way out.
Emotion is arguably the most powerful tool at the disposal of the creative person. From both ends of the emotional spectrum and everywhere in between lies the inspiration for wonderful and inspired creations. In this archive you will find articles related to how we can harness and perhaps transcend emotion to create our best work.
A neurological explanation for this is that the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for instigation of the fight-or-flight response, is switched on and the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for executive function and decision making, is switched off.
In today’s Sunday Letters I am taking a look at “saying sorry”, and what I see as a retrogression, a perpetuation of victim mentality in so many of us. Some of you will steadfastly disagree with the thrust of my argument, highlighting the moral necessity of recognising when we inflict hurt. Others of you I hope will see the validity of it.
Today in the Sunday Letters article I’m taking a look at the Effects Of Stress On Creativity. For many of us, the receipt of applause is everything. It determines if we are going in the right direction. In its absence, we can feel that what we are doing is not worthwhile. This is a flawed idea.
The irrational fear of things is very prominent within the psyche of the creative person. It keeps us in our box and has quite an effect on our behaviour. It stops us booking that art class or starting the book we’ve been writing in our head for the last 10 years.