means weaving yourself mentally into critical features of your creative efforts. about ultimately producing a creative output without a in what you are doing would be spurious. This and depends on communication.
So issues to consider include:
The methods ofcan be classified as intrapersonal, interpersonal and impersonal.
is required in the upper 2 Dyads that are about participation:
expresses spiritual conviction|
expresses mental conviction.
is required in the middle 2 Dyads that are about specification:
expresses social conviction|
expresses personal conviction.
is required in the lower 2 Dyads that are about continuation:
expresses objective conviction|
expresses concrete conviction.
The upper two sources ofrequire you to participate and, if necessary, expose yourself to dangers e.g. of loss, humiliation.
The authenticity of dedication is revealed by evidence of sacrifice, i.e. self-sacrifice. Creative success always demands a price: if you are to pay it, then you lack .
is given support by meaningful ( ) but it is always under pressure from ( ) to be doing more, but within reason.
There is no judge ofbut yourself, and you may be right to hold back if the degree of self-sacrifice becomes disproportionate to the challenge and its benefits. Others will certainly notice your degree of dedication.
The absence ofis marked by withdrawal, indifference, distraction, and possibly disaffection or disillusionment. Self-esteem and social pressure may mean that these features are only revealed in subtle ways.
The authenticity of involvement is revealed by evidence of self-discipline at critical moments, e.g. not participating may be as relevant or crucial as participating in some proposal. Challenges always test the depth of your through failures and disappointments. If you cannot refocus on your goals and provide explanations, then you lack proper .
is given support by meaningful ( ) that you offer yourself (talking to yourself is normal!) and develop in exchanges with others. However, it is also under pressure from your ( ) that are experienced as critical demands, and which must therefore be chosen and adjusted sensibly.
The absence ofshows up as lack of time or energy for the venture and finding it is not on your mind or gets pushed away easily. Overtly, there may be poor progress without proper explanation, a weak defence of efforts, or a disconnection from failure. You may be right to retreat or distance yourself—again there is no judge here but yourself, but others will notice—probably sooner rather than later.
The middle twodepend on a readiness to impose positions on others even if unwelcome, and exert discipline in your group.
The authenticity of a conception is revealed by its clarity and resonance in the situation. Creativity requires a that is a point of reference and a rallying cry for yourself and others. Whatever else changes with progress, the key must remain fixed. The is often your «big idea». If you cannot express this big idea and other essential aspects of the challenge in a simple lucid fashion, then you lack proper i.e. you don't know what you are doing!
are given support by their meaningfulness and the ( ) that empowers you. At the same time, they are under pressure from the need to be ( ). The precision makes such communication a visible target for criticism, opposition and an «I knew you'd never make it» attitude: so being sensible is essential.
The absence ofwhere needed generates a sense of confusion, vagueness and even mystery. Individuals are liable to start pulling in different directions due to idiosyncratic ideas and personal preferences. This can slowly lead to deep, divisive disagreements.
You may sometimes need to abandon a. can be evidence of flexibility and a willingness to learn. However, some might become sceptical or feel let down if a seemingly powerful idea turns out to be fuzzy or impractical.
The authenticity of ownership is revealed by the way a possessive perspective permeates communications and shows up unequivocally in specifications. There is an identification that may become socially evident in other ways like rejecting a new partner or providing personal funds. This natural possessiveness concretizes the higher intrapersonal involvement. If you disown the actual reality you are creating (i.e. a changed state), then you are unlikely to progress to the fuller use of identification needed for commitment.
Why? Pleasures of success can all too quickly lead to an upsurge of dangerous states like over-confidence, rejection of help and arrogance or complacency.
The absence ofwhere it is needed leads others to sense that you are too disconnected from the . Sometimes abandoning is required. However, others may doubt your responsibility, and that can be serious if the whole project revolves around you.
The lower twoare necessary for willing continuation of activities and projects. This is made possible by reducing the risks of confusion, misdirection and mistakes through overcoming bias, removing ignorance, and checking and testing.
The authenticity of any conclusion is revealed by your effort to avoid bias and your sure grasp of relevant issues. New situations continually emerge in any project and call for assessment. The that is reached may affirm existing plans or initiate some re-direction. Whatever the case, you must be able to provide details of significant events and communicate practical implications.
are given support by a meaningful ( ). These can tell you what has happened and what is likely to be going on underneath the surface. At the same time, you are under pressure from sensible ( ). You must use them to interpret and assess what you discover, and it may be that some developmental stages need adjustment.
If you vacillate in appraising the unexpected, your project will lose its way. Losing a sure hand on the tiller or surrendering to bias, may not make you anxious, but it will frighten and alienate others who depend on you. The absence of a firm, where needed, wastes energies by dissipating focus and prolonging conflicts. This is experienced as «being stuck» and sooner or later leads to a crisis or a quiet collapse.
The authenticity of iteration is revealed by a readiness to repeat and improve based on a multiplicity of checks and tests. You recognize that it is rarely possible to get anything correct or accurate the first time around or to know fully in advance the effects of a course of action. Through a process of progressive approximation and cumulative development, you can understand what you are doing and get conviction about its value.
is given support by decisively ( ) that are meaningful in terms of the challenge. is under pressure from the ( ). Doing so sensibly is essential because otherwise efforts can get bogged down through a focus on trivialities or the pursuit of needless perfectionism.
Getting over-preoccupied with details is usually a mistake, but it is never safe to reduce checks and oversight below some sensible minimum. The cycle of trial and error intrinsic to iteration keeps you continuously in touch with your goals and contextual requirements. The absence ofcan lead to poor solutions, waste of resources, and the loss of time.
The authenticity of oversight is revealed by precise knowledge of key details based on periodic submersion in specifics. You must be in touch with aspects of the work like: deadlines; numbers relevant to activities and progress; concrete aspects of individual performance (e.g. absences, complaints, mistakes); financial figures like cash-flow, sales and costs of key items.
is given support by ( ) items and issues that are meaningful in terms of the challenge. is also under pressure from the ( ). Doing so sensibly is essential because noting, counting, recording, analyzing and reviewing consumes time, resources and energy that might be better spent elsewhere.
Getting over-preoccupied with details is usually a mistake, but it is never safe to reducebelow some sensible minimum. It keeps you in touch with things that can de-rail a project which might otherwise be going well in creative terms. The absence of can lead to mis-steps, waste of resources, loss of time, and alienation of financial backers and supporters.
Thewas oriented outwards and exploited your so as to generate possibilities. By contrast, is evidently dependent on turning inwards and in your approach to the .
Now that you are properly, it becomes possible to turn outwards to society again and concentrate on keeping things moving. You will find that your not only puts you into the right frame of mind, it helps transform your energies into .
Originally posted: 31-Jan-2012; Last updated: 10-Jul-2013.