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The Difference Between New Year’s Resolutions and Creative Intentions

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” said Einstein. Or Ben Franklin or Rita Mae Brown or a few other people depending on what Internet quote site you favor. Whoever said it was right and they were probably talking about new year’s resolutions. One wide ranging study has found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. Yet research also consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. Taken together, those two statistics add up to a frightening picture of terrible creative skills….

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You can’t will yourself to be more insightful or even will an individual idea to arrive. All you can do is set the conditions in place where ideas and insights can arise.

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I was at a conference recently where a very eminent (and sporting) author agreed to write and perform a poem on a topic chosen by the audience — within 30 minutes. “Oh,” she wailed to me backstage, panicked by her daring. “If only I had a floor to mop.” Neuroscience confirms what creatives of all kinds have always known: the best ideas surface more often during off-time (Creative Rest) and down-time (Creative Play) than desk-time (Creative Work). Creative rest can be daydreaming, taking a nap, mulling … or mopping. Research shows that a good flow of quality ideas is also nurtured…

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In Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life, Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson describes the two brain states we need to call on if we are to successfully create something from start to finish. The Spontaneous Pathway uses posterior portions of the brain to direct insight, idea germination, inspiration and free association through our creative intelligence. We’re in this brain state when we defocus our attention and Read More

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Emerson on Inspiration

Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine. As with events, so is it with thoughts… We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole.

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How To Invite Insights.

You can’t will yourself to be more insightful or even will an individual idea to arrive. What you can do is take steps to put your brain into the state that is hospitable to inspiration. “My own research on this shows up to a 500% improvement in having insights can be reached, by following a few simple rules,” says David Rock, author of Your Brain At Work. Here are his top four suggestions: Read More

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