On Creativity Bottlenecks

A professor once told his class, "we don't get stuck from having no ideas, but from having too many." 

I realized, my mind churns and spins with ideas at an alarming rate. If I don't get them out fast enough, they build up and bottleneck the whole creative processes. I become overwhelmed at the sheer number of ideas and end up doing none of them, which then discourages me. 

The professor told the class the solution to this problem though, "pick something and go with it. Don't think about it. Just do it. Then go on to the next."

Can it really can be that simple? Yes.

By picking one idea and running with it, momentum is created. The idea will either take off and fly or crash into the ground and be dragged through the mud, but forward progress has been made either way. This is the key to break through bottlenecks.

What if it fails?

What if it falls flat?

What if it is lame?

We need to give ourselves permission to fail, to fall flat, and to be lame because it will give us confidence to create. We also need to give ourselves permission to succeed, to inspire, and to be authentic because it is possible. 

So I am giving myself permission to follow through, on one idea at a time, because in the end I need to create or I will explode.  

Do you ever experience creative bottlenecks?

Assessing Ourselves and Measuring Success

During a workshop today, the presenter asked the question, "What is interpretation?" to a room full of interpreters. He split the room into groups of people who have been working 1 - 5 years, 6 - 10 years, 11 - 24 years, and 25+ years.

Each group discussed among themselves then gave an answer to the question. Each answer was different.

The point he made was that assessment is pointless if we don't know what we are assessing. If we can't define it and agree on the definition, we cannot develop metrics to measure it.

The same goes for the more personal question, "What is my purpose?"

If I don't have an answer to that question, I cannot assess if I am indeed living my life according to its purpose.

Now, I am not saying we need to know what we will be doing for the rest of our lives, but in the moment, in the today, What is your purpose?

It is only by understanding ourselves and our design that we can begin to assess if we are indeed living up to it. Once we can answer the question, "what is my purpose?" then the goals that we set, and the measurement of those goals, will help us develop further into who we are, instead of possibly leading us away from our purpose and design. 

What are thoughts on purpose and assessment?