The devil is in the details they say. Ever have one of those funky mojo kind of days where it seems circumstances and/or all inanimate objects seem to turn on you? It might just be a hint. Creation and Creativity seldom follow a straight line. Frustration can be a message, not an ending.
When obstacles and frustrations come (and they almost always do) what does that tell us? Does it mean we are on the total wrong path, made a big mistake and need to totally back up and go in a different direction?
By the same token, it could be just a dead end or failed notion within a project or objective. How do you tell the difference between the two?
Fresh eyes are your friend. Getting a second opinion or some input from a trusted source can help if you are stuck, frustrated or hitting roadblocks. You can be your own fresh eyes by taking a detour into another project, vacation, or just frame of mind. Play devil’s advocate. Play Angel’s advocate. Turn things upside down…anything to break out of the thinking-habits that might be calling the roadblocks and brick walls into your path.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few” – Shunryu Suzuki
If your pet project and creative masterpiece turns into a devilish nemesis, take a minute, do what you need to do to find fresh eyes.
- Suzuki quote via www.goodreads.com. Please visit me there too
- Suggested reading on creative work and creative thinking “Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar” by Marcus Bach