I’ve been researching lots recently on resilience; the process of building resilience, what resilience is, what resilience is not and so on. I’m writing an extensive piece on the topic and so I want to share some of those findings with you. I also want to share some of my personal findings on the psychological […]
Nurturing the Creative Mindset is an ongoing and vital element in the creative process. And so we artists and creatives must set aside time to develop the creative faculties through activities that help the brain do its magic. There are primary tools of the creative person in bringing about those mental states required for optimal creative expression. Here’s you’ll find articles dedicated to assisting you in the process.
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.
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.
Having many creative ideas is something that many people wish they had, but for others, too many creative ideas can be accompanied by overwhelm. As a result, we do nothing. Or maybe we try everything and end up with a scattered or diluted focus.
I had a distinct lack of ambition when I was a teenager. Apart from playing football, I had no stand-out desire that I can remember. There was no “I want to be this” occupying my mind. I was just doing whatever came to me and wasn’t getting too hung up on results. Like all kids, I had talent in particular areas, but nothing felt missing so much that I was driven to pursue it. I didn’t feel an emotional vacuum that needed to be filled (however, that would change).
Some days I look at my medium stats, or my WordPress stats, or the number of sign ups to Sunday Letters and all I see is tumbleweed. “Christ, look at all the work I’m doing and not so much as a sinner turned up to read my shit today. What the fuck am I doing here”, I say to myself. It can be very deflating but the good news is there’s something we can do about it.
We hold high this apparent virtue in western society with regard to success and achievement. It’s especially so with men, and goes something like this; Never give up your dreams. Winners never quit, quitters never win. Finish what you started, see it through to the end no matter what. But then again, we can choose to get out too early. So how do we know?