What Do You Want to Create?
Consider your orientation to your life. Some live by a life plan, while others go with the flow. I find 99% of the time those that “go with it” are hiding a deeper belief. They don’t have the power to create what they want. So they mask this by going with the circumstances as a source for action rather than positioning actions based on a creative orientation to life. Or a victory or triumph begins to revert and backslide back to old patterns of order. Just as the vision is near, the belief takes over, ambushing success. I saw this dynamic in my coaching early on again and again, suggesting looking at the underlying structures that influence behavior.
What struck me most was people coming at themselves with human potential approaches, spending big money on workshops, self-improvement, and therapy attempting to drum up better responses and reactions to life. All of this then becomes a waste of energy, time, and excessive self exploration. It’s funny when they find that it makes lousy creators for those that are preoccupied with what’s wrong with themselves. They learn to shift their focus toward 3rd person, not 1st person, by bringing into being creations they deeply desire in life. You don’t need to see a shrink to learn to play the piano. Artists are preoccupied with their identities, emotions, issues, worldview, changing beliefs, etc. These aren’t relevant to their creative process. They don’t attempt to defeat existing structures. Instead, they just form new, more adequate ones that favor their success instead of neutralizing it. They master the creative process.
For me, I started reading bios of successful people and found that every one of them had deep doubts about themselves and quirks just like the rest of us. What made them successful was that they learned how to create. They didn’t follow a recipe for success or best practices to having all the right answers. These were just quick fix theories and methods that served someone elses goals. Instead, they just started instantly creating and through action mastered the creative process.
First, they oriented their lives around a lovely image of the future they seek to create. Then, they became keenly aware of the current reality they had compared to that picture, at all times. They made moments to reflect on current reality for insights, clues, and adjustments to their performance. They were learners first, then performers second. Many of them had desires way beyond their abilities, and this discrepancy is what made them great. Personal mastery and self-reliance became their main disciplines. In short time periods, they positioned actions in favor of what mattered most to them. It appeared they learned how to make great choices on behalf of what they sought to create.
First, was the fundamental choice to a creator – to choose to be the predominant creative force in their life building process. Their second choice was to operate on behalf of outcomes and desired conditions that mattered deeply to them. Third, they stayed focused on secondary choices, action steps that motivated learning from the current moment to make adjustments and build capacity.
Even more than this was a commitment to the truth. They chose to be true to themselves in every way. They took honest stock of themselves, their lives, their conditions, and their capabilities. From this, they summoned a certain tension that seeks resolution, by holding the space over long periods between current reality and the desired state they wanted.
I also noticed that successful creators aren’t at issue with being realistic or practical. It’s not about what their vision is. Rather, it’s about what the vision does to them. The key is not whether it matters or not. They don’t predict the future, they create it. Then, they live in the universe they create. They love it before it starts, act upon that love, remain honest about where they are in the process, and learn through action. It sounds so simple but it’s hard. We complicate it with all this personal change and self-improvement that it’s distracting to being an effective creator.
One of the best examples of the orientation of the creative is how a mother brings a baby into life. She put’s her attention on the baby, not herself. She learns via the process and bringing the baby into the world as the baby emerges within her. She organizes her path of action around what’s most important – choosing to deliver a baby safely and successfully, so they both live a happy life together. This is more dominant.
What this example does is illustrate how the underlying structures, from which our behavior is influenced, is where change becomes successful change. All creations start first in the mind where change starts, then the fictitious change becomes real factual change through action that motivates learning that is passion-based, not eliminative-based. Knowledge is created at the level of action where failures become key assets.
But what really stands out is the objectivity of the mother as creator in this case. She is able to create by the capacity to tell the truth, and stay true to her desire to create. Her identity isn’t married to the process; it’s left out the door. She takes in the world via her intention and attention, with the armature and engine of the creative process.
In the creative process, her intention shapes decisions, as current reality motivates learning and adjustment moment by moment. When the mother fosters her creation this way, she capacitates her ability to create as a by-product. Confidence increases as competence increases. Awareness level increases when her intention is brought into paying attention to where she is in the process.
This explains why creativity and creating are not the same. You can be creative and not create, You can create and not be creative. But creativity isn’t creating. These are often confused as the same thing – but they aren’t. Being liberated to create isn’t creating. This is because creating suggests that action reveals knowledge. I’ve met more creative people that can’t create than the opposite. If you want to master business, start creating a business. Business schools should be teacher-less. If you want to master piano, start playing piano. If you want to master a loving relationship, start creating one. Nothing disqualifies you from what you seek to create.
What do you want to create? You can rethink you life at any time, everything is up for grabs…