What happens when you start to turn a door knob that won’t budge? First, you turn it harder; then perhaps you pull up on the knob or push it down. Then maybe you wiggle it. Eventually, you shove the door with your shoulder or kick it with your foot or go a little crazy, like Jack here on the right.
What you try will be a combination of your history with doors and your creative inclinations.
When we are “unsuccessful” in an attempt to do something, it makes us frustrated but, most importantly for creativity, it generates a resurgence in us of any other behaviour that ever worked in this situation before.
This is why “failure”, properly managed (from a place of safety), is our deepest wellspring of creative intelligence. And why a great way to accelerate your creative flow is to put yourself in difficult, even impossible, situations — real or imagined.
That’s what will give you the idea that blows the door wide open all by itself.
Try This: Set yourself a problem that has no solution. e.g. You have 24 hours in which to bring about world peace. How would you do it? Your intention is to stimulate interesting new ideas and, more importantly, your idea generating capacity — so it’s there, honed and ready — when you really do have something to solve.
Try This: Attend a function or take part in an activity where you know you’re going to feel frustrated and confused. A contest in which you’ll publicly come last, for example. Or a meeting of people who are experts in something you know little about. Observe your frustration and the confusion as it arises. Feel it, allow it. Stay with it as longas you can. Then go away and F-R-E-E-Write about it. What was going on — at the surface level, deeper down? Any clues in your past as to why it felt so uncomfortable? What happened when you allowed it to just be as frustrating as it was?
Try This: Take a short course in something that really doesn’t interest you, the last thing you’d ever want to know about.
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