You are committed to many things in your life, but you must now consciously channel your powers andto the . Any poses a risk, and your personalizes that risk unambiguously. The only thing standing between success and failure, apart from luck, is your .
But, you do not know what you are capable of. That is one the reasons that the project is afor you. You discover yourself through working on it. at the same time as it reveals them to you. That is why being reflective is characteristic of the that is related to creativity.
Each manifestation ofleads to a different discovery:
Fortunately, the inner personal processes involved in Tetrad, the 2 lower Levels provide the basics, while the 2 higher Levels generate stress and benefit. Taking each mechanism in turn, see more details of what the internal structure demands and enables.reveal and . In each
is about putting yourself wholly in the service of the . It therefore allows and encourages you to draw deeply on your own resources, personal and tangible. These resources include your and also your means to nourish and strengthen them.
: , so characteristic of , allows and pressures you to do whatever is required by the . So long as is handled reflectively, it is beneficial to remove all natural barriers to the vulnerability that the demands.
: requires a shrewd definition of in the , to ensure that you can maintain them over time and even under stressful conditions. This is stressful.
: sensibly allows your to generate a special world that is evident to others. It also reassures them that your ( ) is full and unforced, and allows you to explain your ( ) convincingly.
: The sense and state of comes from meaningfully that occur in relation to the project and your efforts.
Yourfor the project translates into an intense caring for its progress and ultimate successful conclusion. The intense attention leads to an emotional engagement that brings to the fore your capabilities to nurture, protect and advance the project.
: is grounded in a concern to progress via meaningful stages that relate to the . These provide something tangible with which passion can engage.
: develops by sensibly so that you deeply feel the significance of the and your responsibility for it.
: The most stressful component of requires you to shrewdly. Support takes on a new meaning as others—family, colleagues, superiors, investors, friends, journalists—become aware of how much this project means to you and what you expect of them. You, in turn, can discover their capabilities and how supportive they really are.
: There must be no doubt in your own mind about what you are aiming for. within the project, identified reflectively, reveal that your is not an impulsive state, but is deeply and intelligently driven. This is the prime benefit.
is crucial for our creative energies and capabilities: it is fun and counter-balances the seriousness of and . New ideas and perspectives that are relevant but inherently threatening, counter-intuitive or alien cannot be entertained and explored other than playfully. offers comfort and a sense of safety. It occurs most easily within a dialogue and is often used in small groups.
: must meaningfully so that it can deliver its benefits. Just monkeying around or joking at another's expense is not creative play.
: must sensibly because entering a new situation is what is hardest for everyone. The uncertainties, risks and unknowns of the future demand that imagination should infuse thought.
: Activation of imagination within involves shrewdly in accord with the issue. Be realistic about the individuals involved and the group dynamics. It may be necessary to increase humour or sharpen fear or diffuse tensions or protect sensitivities. This is the stressful element, so a structured method and a helper can be useful.
: The benefit from comes from reflectively e.g. by using whiteboards, mind-maps and other tools for expressing, capturing, organizing, seeing and reviewing ideas. Criticism is often prohibited here, at least during idea generation and explanation, because it is inhibiting. In a safe group, reflective criticism should be beneficial.
Creative play may be difficult in teams, so facilitators are often useful. Their tasks are to focus inquiry (), get targets identified ( ), diffuse or heighten tensions ( ), and capture the output ( ). The facilitator also typically seeks a balance of participation and contribution.
at work must deliver what you need to know now. In most personal matters, you «learn by experience». So is about extracting and retaining relevant knowledge from both successes and failures. Mentoring and mutual-help groups may be useful, while conventional book learning and conference attendance is somewhat less important.
: is based on that is meaningful for you, especially in relation to the . It is from these actions and their consequences that you must .
: To in practice, you must sensibly on whatever is going on as you pursue the .
: The stress in is about taking what you know, believe or think on the one hand, and shrewdly setting . Poor staging results in minimal .
: depends reflectively that emerge as you work. This is how you from experience. It allows the resulting knowledge to be given enough weight and self-relevance to stay with you as a lifelong benefit.
By this point, your creative energies have been released, fostered, demonstrated, enhanced and applied. That certainly does not mean that you are going to succeed. Not at all. At most, it means you deserve success. The next challenge within creativity is to create a context which maximizes the likelihood of getting what you deserve. That is the best that anyone can do.
The first step in that direction is positioning yourself for .
Originally posted: 31-Jan-2012. Last updated: 10-Jul-2013.