Ten-Minute Art School Course

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

by Michael Michalko

 

photo by Alex Koloskov

1.     You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. Every one of us is born a creative, spontaneous thinker. The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief. Creative people believe they are creative. People who believe they are not creative, are not. Once you have a particular identity and set of beliefs about yourself, you become interested in seeking out the skills needed to express your identity and beliefs. This is why people who believe they are creative become creative. If you believe you are not creative, then there is no need to learn how to become creative and you don’t. The reality is that believing you are not creative excuses you from trying or attempting anything new. When someone tells you that they are not creative, you are talking to someone who has no interest and will make no effort to be a creative thinker.

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Remember a time when you felt wonderful.

“Think of a time when you felt wonderful.”

It was the first part of NLP exercise I did, and I had a mental block. I don’t remember or can’t imaging that feeling:-( Rather I can remember when I felt wonderful physically… or mentally, but not entirely wonderful. So now I want to catch this “wonderful” filling moment and remember it.

I felt wonderful when I created this flower. It was spontaneous desire, and I just followed my inspiration.

Ignore everybody and 39 other keys to Creativity


Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

This is a great book. Author pushes to hear your inner creative voice, be unique, and find your own DOOR.

Below are some quotes that affect and inspired me:

 

“If somebody in your industry is more successful than you, it’s probably because he works harder at it than you. Sure, maybe he’s more inherently talented, more adept at networking, but I don’t consider that an excuse. Over time, that advantage counts for less and less. Which is why the world is full of highly talented, network-savvy, failed mediocrities.”

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“If your business plan depends on suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain.”

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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Quotes from the book:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~ by Steven Pressfield

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

 

“So if you paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”

 

I can add that not only fear, but feeling guilty is a good sign too. I feel guilty when I do something personal for myself.
 

“The more Resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”

 

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”"

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Accepting the Self Establishing Values through NLP

“Many people know what they want to have – few what they want to be.”

I’ve tried to find my Core Values in the previous exercise.

Here are 32 questions how to prioritize and establish the Values. Looks very interesting. I will do this exercise next week, and post my results here.

Click and Ask yourself these questions



photo by Alex Koloskov

Find the red line.

“The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.

Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly.” ~Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod
via www.brainpickings.org

What do you need for Self-Actualization?

This article by Saul McLeod is very useful for people who want to reach their full potential. But especially it’s very helpful for parents.

Carl Rogers (humanistic psychologist) believed that humans have one basic motive, that is the tendency to self-actualize – i.e. to fulfill one’s potential and achieve the highest level of ‘human-beingness’ we can.
Like a flower that will grow to its full potential if the conditions are right, but which is constrained by its environment, so people will flourish and reach their potential if their environment is good enough.”

“For a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with

- genuineness (openness and self-disclosure),
- acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard),
- and empathy (being listened to and understood).

Without these, relationships and healthy personalities will not develop as they should, much like a tree will not grow without sunlight and water.”

The self-concept includes three components:

Self worth (or self-esteem) – what we think about ourselves. Rogers believed feelings of self-worth developed in early childhood and were formed from the interaction of the child with the mother and father.

Self-image – How we see ourselves, which is important to good psychological health. Self-image includes the influence of our body image on inner personality. At a simple level, we might perceive ourselves as a good or bad person, beautiful or ugly. Self-image has an affect on how a person thinks feels and behaves in the world.

Ideal self – This is the person who we would like to be. It consists of our goals and ambitions in life, and is dynamic – i.e. forever changing. The ideal self in childhood is not the ideal self in our teens or late twenties etc.

Carl Rogers believed that every person can achieve their goals, wishes and desires in life.”

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What makes you feel excited?

I want to write down all moments when I feel exciting. Not common phrases like this: “I get excited when good things happen to good people”. Only specific events in my life.
I felt excited:

- yesterday evening, when I’ve decided to continue writing for my Perfect Photo Blog;
- when I’ve got an idea about new interesting post on that blog;
- when I went out of my house and enjoyed a warm spring day;
- when I’ve got the idea to edit in Photoshop our participant’s photo and then show how I do it;
- when I am writing this post;
- when I spoke with Alex about our business plans and ideas;
- when I’ve got a challenging task in Photoshop how to change a background color with liquid
- when I discussed our Jewelry Project with Eugenia
- when I put 5 new books to Amazon shopping Card
- when I read the book “Assembling Point” by Anvar Bakirov
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-will continue this post:-)

The Perfect Photo Blog! Why not?

Yesterday I’ve decided to continue writing for my Perfect Photo Blog. This blog is on hold now, but looks like I am ready to start a new life for this project. Because I feel I need to have my own professional resource, and I have things to say there.

You are you, and I am I. Fritz Perls quotes

«I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.»

(Fritz Perls, 1969)

«I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.»

«Learning is the discovery that something is possible.»

«Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.»

«To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.»

«…nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.»

«You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. Imagine how happy I felt when I got relief from bladder pressure. How long did that happiness last?»

«The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man knows he is playing.»

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