A Creative Attitude

Quote of the Week:

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

—Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, byname Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian who was Rome’s leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century ce.

In Michael Michalko’s book Creative Thinkering, Putting Your Imagination to Work, Chapter 13 is titled: You Become what you Pretend to Be.

Michalko, one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world says:

“… our attitudes influence our behavior. But it’s also true that our behavior can influence our attitudes.” Pg 175

You can change the way you see yourself, and the way others see you, by your intention and by going through the motions.” Pg 176

“Cognitive scientists have discovered that the brain is a dynamic system—an organ that evolves its patterns of activity rather than computes them like a computer. It thrives on the creative energy of feedback from experiences either real or fictional. (find statement about not letting brain take over)  An important point to remember is that you can synthesize experience, literally create it in your imagination. The human brain cannot tell the difference between an “actual” experience and an experience imagined vividly and in detail.” Pg. 186

How can we use this information in our daily creative lives?

1. Make affirmative attitude statements each day: (Add your own also)

  • I am a creative person.
  • I am resourceful and can imagine new ideas and ways to design things.
  • I can build the skills to become a tatting designer

2. Begin visualizing during those mundane chores, while outside or as you fall asleep at night.

Visualize something you saw that day; the look and feel of it,  the shapes, the colors –think of them running together, the texture; then picture these as tatting elements, or as a drawing, or as an abstract in your choice of media, on a greeting card, on a bag, pillow, framed picture, or whatever comes to mind; let the thoughts flow freely and don’t forget to have a way to jot or doodle these down.

3. Just begin by going through the motions

Doing this can give you a sense of confidence, power, incentive, exhilaration, fulfilment and make you feel inventive, amazingly alive and successful.

February’s Topics

Creativity:

  • Preparation; Mind, Media & Steps
  • Attitude

Chains

Complimentary Colors & Color of the Month: Reds

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