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Let The Creative Process Help You To Achieve Your Goals

Do you get stuck when trying to move forward? Do you create but find that you still flounder or lose your momentum?

Do you wish you could find an easier way to make the life that you seek?

Why It Helps To Embrace The Creative Process

Creating can be a difficult and confounding process. We often take one step forward and another back.

It can be hard to understand why that is. So we look into our childhoods, our belief systems and all sorts of corners of our psyche to figure out what is getting in our way.

According to Robert Fritz, author of The Path Of Least Resistance and Creating in addition to many other books, the problem is not in our psyches but in the structural system that dominates our lives.

What Is The Creative Process?

Many of us have mistaken ideas about the creative process.

The creative process is NOT about coming up with ideas.

The creative process is NOT about concepts.

The creative process is NOT about finding yourself.

The creative process is NOT a form of personal salvation.

The creative process IS a structure that lets you create.

The creative process IS a way to remove irrelevant considerations from your creating – whatever your creating is about.

The creative process IS a way to move from where you are now to your creative goal.

What Is Irrelevant To Creating?

In creating the only thing that matters is what you want to create, and how you are going to get from where you are to your intended goal.

It does not matter what I think or what your family and friends think.

It does not matter what your religion or political affiliation is.

It does not matter what the weather is, who likes you or does not.

It does not matter if you have a dog, cat or a bird.

It does not matter if you had a bad childhood.

It does not matter if you like yourself.

How To Make The Creative Process Work For You

According to Robert Fritz, the process of creating is very simple:

  • identify where you want to go, what you want to achieve
  • identify where you are
  • determine how to get there
  • do it.

Once you know what you want and where you are now, you can develop the step you need to take. There is no one to consult, and no approval to get.

It is that simple.

We overcomplicate it with a lot of extraneous considerations which are really irrelevant.

So, for example, you want to become super healthy.

First, you need to assess where you are and then create a series of steps to achieve your objective. It may include losing weight, drinking more and healthier water, dealing with stress issues, figuring our a lifestyle plan that will support your health, etc.

The big benefit of this approach is that taking one step supports the rest of the steps. So going through the process, each step moves forward and feeds into the next. Gone is the oscillating pattern of one step forward and one step back.

By having a straightforward creative process, you now have a structure that supports your moving forward.

That’s all you need to create whatever you want.

Sound too simple?

Try it. See if it works for you.

I am using it, and although it takes getting used to, it does work.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Community focused on living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

10 Comments

  1. David Delp on January 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Great provocations! I agree with most of it whole heartedly. You’re right on with the irrelevant misconceptions. Creativity is not self-expression.

    For me Creativity is the energy we put into making something better.

    I wouldn’t translate that necessarily as a linear process of getting from here to there, but I do like the idea of posing a question, even if it’s just, “I wonder what would happen if _____” and then deciding what to try next.

    Then, do it.

    Only after doing it do you go back and examine how doing it made things better or if it started to answer your question.

    It’s easy to get caught up doing and doing without pausing to reflect then making a new plan. It’s also easy to get stuck brooding on the questions, the self-doubt, the irrelevant assumptions that keep us from taking action and experiencing life in its gift of our own Creativity.

    Thanks for the stim!



    • Maria on January 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with your. Our creativity is meant to be realized. As you mention it is not a linear process, since there is usually sme learning, trial and error in getting from the beginning to completion. HSPs tend t ruminate so the cative process can help us move forward.

      Great to hear from you!

      Maria



  2. Kheiron Quayle on January 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hi,
    Just a fellow HSP checking out your blog. There’s some really great material here – Thank You!

    Also, I’m a Robert Fritz fan, too. 🙂

    Kheiron



    • Maria on January 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoy the blog. I think Robert Fritz is great for HSPs because his approach lets us retain our HSP insights and wisdom while providing a structure that gets us beyond our ruminating.

      I am always interested in hearing from HSPs about their experience with creativity.

      All the best,
      Maria



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