I experienced a seminar 2 years ago called “the pacific institute“ with a respected friend from church. Lou Tice’s material is profound. He taught me how to focus, use my thinking to propel my behavior into God’s traits for my life and he taught me how to focus on the positive trajectory of my life, rather than dwell on the negative and get derailed. I was inspired.
Lou Tice died this past weekend. I thought I would share some of his recent thought on cultivating creativity. Enjoy.
Best of the Winner’s Circle Network with Lou Tice – 4/12/12 – “Cultivating Creativity”
Lou writes tips on cultivating creativity. The quality of creativity is valuable. Here are six conditions that allow creativity to flourish.
First – Aloneness. Not withdrawal or painful solitude, but in the sense of being apart from the cliches and conventions of society.
Second – Inactivity. Not loafing or goofing off, but a break in the busy routine and plenty of space to do.
Third – Daydreaming or woolgathering. In daydreams, we make mental excursions into fantasy that breed creative activity.
Fourth – Mental replay of past creative efforts and resolution of past traumatic conflicts.
Fifth – Gullibility. That’s right, gullibility. This is the willingness to suspend belief and accept what comes from inside without insisting on rationality or logic.
Sixth – Alertness and discipline. Although they are necessary for productivity in any endeavor, these qualities have a special meaning in creativity.
The saying that creativity is “10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” means that it must be accomplished by perseverance and focused work. So, while most of our conditions require loosening of control and openness to the inner self, the last and most important is our willingness to put what we discover into action.
Without this commitment to action, our creativity may never emerge.
Lou Tice The Pacific Institute