Life since time began has been a series of innovations that spring from a creative mindset.
Mankind has always applied a creative mindset in his survival, in his life conduct and in influencing his environment. Thinking creatively and innovatively is one of the aspects of the ways our brains can work that sets us apart from other living beings. And yet, sometimes it seems that our educational processes try to eliminate the creative mindset and retain only our linear thinking capability.
That's changing, thankfully, since creative thinking opens up new possibilities, new solutions, and new ideas for us. Without it, we might still be in caves!
Even so, early mankind used innovative thinking in their lives…It comes naturally.
From learning to paint on a cave, to how herbs can bring healing, to mythologizing the weather and life and death, to language development, early human beings approached the challenges of their lives with creativity and innovation. Not to do so would be to perish.
Creativity and innovation continue to this day and this moment. They bring balance and meaning as a part of the human condition.
What constitutes a creative mindset? I suggest it is not an “AHA” moment where the lights go on and the creative juices flow. I suggest creativity is an innate mindset and an approach to living.
You can find some thoughts on the Creative Design Mentality for Living in the article on this blog about lifelong learning and mindfulness.
Tips for Creative Mindset
There has been a lot of study in the past twenty years or so, about the need for and fostering of a creative mindset in both business and in our everyday lives. “Mindfulness” has become a word that marks our time and focus about personal growth and development. It has reached into the workplace as well.
Mindfulness is being present. Instead of focusing on the past, or on what might happen in the future, it is a focus on what is going on right here and now. Mindfulness makes a space for creative thinking.
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A lot has been written on the creative process, especially in the workplace where results are measured continuously. The fact that shareholder values fluctuate as a company succeeds and grows, fosters both a challenge to be creative and innovative, and the temptation to avoid risk and the possibility of failure.
The same dichotomy exists with an individual in the workplace, where job results, bonuses and raises are at play. I submit that the need for creative process exists in individuals in every aspect of our lives, where fear of failure and being judged vies with the desire to satisfy self-fulfillment and pursue new and creative ways of thinking and acting.
I believe it exists in the home, in our relationships with both the adults and the children in our lives. Check out my blog on creative parenting tips for mindfulness in parenting.
The first step is to create a space in the workplace, in the home and/or in your own life, where there is a judgment-free zone. In this zone, it is possible to unleash your mind and be free from restricting rules, procedures and forms. This first step is really a decision, a choice. Most often the choice is made, and most effectively, the choice is made, when a problem gets identified.
In business, the same paradigm exists over and over again. When CD's came out and antiquated LP records, either the producer and manufacturer recognized the problem and came up with creative solutions or they went out of business. The first step is setting up the space and focus for creativity to occur.
Creativity with Thought and Action
We are each comprised of energy units. For a long time we have known that everything we see and touch is composed of atoms and molecules. Then we discovered that the atoms themselves are made up of neurons and electrons, with space and energy between them.
Now scientists know that there are even tinier units of matter that exist and they have space and energy between them. It is all the same energy, throughout the universe. What is looks like is dependent on what its vibration is.
A yellow color has a different vibration than something that is red. A rock has a different vibration than a leaf. Each human being has its own distinctive vibration that presents that person to the rest of us.
The thoughts of our minds are also energy vibrations.
Our thoughts can create new realities. When we speak them, or write them, or act them out, we give them even higher vibrations. We can manifest new realities.
Think a moment about the ideation phase of the creative process, where you speak or write or draw out ideas. This is the beginning of Manifestation.
Since we are responsible for our lives, we also need to continue to act, plan and speak, to fully implement our innovation. That fact does not remove the power of the vibration of the creative ideation.
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Wait – Is This Mindfulness Being Authentically ME?
You may well ask. It may even feel fake. I suggest you allow yourself to be with that feeling of not being authentic. Be present or mindful of your discomfort. When we behave in a new way that is not the old pattern, it can feel strange. That does not mean it is inauthentic.
Our authenticity has several layers.
- There is our inner self, our psyche, with our values and abilities and knowledge. Our inner values give us feedback on our lives
- There is our social group, whether a family or a company or a volunteer group. Our social groups also give us feedback, positive or negative. We make choices about what we do with the feedback, from acceptance, to choosing to leave the group.
- We have the culture in which we live and speak and move, be it our country, or language or community or tribe.
- The environment we live in also defines who we are, such as our house, or a favorite place.
- Finally, we have the body our energy is in.
All of these work together to define the authentic self, and we continually make choices about the importance of each in any moment. As we choose, we move forward, it is good to keep in mind that any choice is for that moment and new choices are possible in the future, perhaps in the next few minutes, perhaps in many years.
And they are all authentic as we are mindful people.
How are you bringing creative design into your life? Share your process, so together we can grow to be the best we can be.