What exactly is creativity? Fuel in the engine of an artist? Voices in the head of a musician?
It’s easier than that. And more accessible and attainable to all of us, not just the ‘creative’ types.
Essentially, it is the ability to see what others do not. When an artist stands before a canvas just before starting to paint, he might say “I see a mountain here, and a stream coming down through the trees, and the sun popping up over the horizon.” And you or I would say “I see canvas.”
In order to see differently, you need to change your vantage point. And change your eyesight. Or more specifically, change your ability to observe.
Observation is the first key to creativity. The artist I mentioned above observed a scene that motivated him, and he managed to parlay that motivation into action. And this is true in business, family, organizations, etc. Being observant brings you into contact with truths, realities, and facts that are apparently unseen by others. What you observe can then be translated into a project, or a course correction, or an intervention, or a new product.
But first you have to see it.
Give yourself permission to look outside whatever box you and your compadres are in, and I guarantee you will see something they don’t. What you do with that vision is another story.
The art of waking a person up, of bringing him from a dark, unseeing place to an empowered and enlightened place- this is good work.
But it is difficult, and dangerous. The man who frees the wolf from the trap often gets bitten in the freeing. I carry the scars from many rescues.
The tools and processes by which this freeing work is done have come through many battles, and many failures. And many victories too.
These tools are not wimpy or plastic, or made out of junk metal by some nameless factory across the Yellow Sea. These are tools with grooves in the handles from long usage, forged in the basement or the barn or shop out back. Forged and filed and prototyped and polished and rejected and remade, redesigned, and recast until they fit the hand, cutting straight and true.
And the processes discovered by trial and error, by one drowning in his own trauma, these also did not come easy. They were taken, snatched on the run, and spirited away for safe keeping, and then worked over and molded and vetted and refined until they rang of truth and beauty.
Lodestone is all about the work of developing and delivering tools that free the man, free the company, free the family, and free the soul.
The ability to discern the twists and turns, pitfalls and vistas that we come across on the journey to a particular destination, and make necessary course corrections to keep us on target.
Often this is something we try to do by ourselves, for ourselves, in spite of ourselves.
And often our data, our maps and compass and directional sense and ability to resist emotional turnings to the left and right stopping and starting and laying down at the wrong time or traveling at the wrong time-you get the picture, these faculties are only slightly functional, at best.
But the best navigation is from far above, or far outside the weeds and woods of the traveler. The proverbial birds eye view.
Which is impossible to gain on your own if you are the woods walker. Yes, you can gain this ability after seasons of practice, but most of us have resigned ourselves to wandering, and redefine our destination as ‘I am a wanderer.’
Consider a real destination. And a real navigator. Someone other than yourself, with lots of experience, and most importantly, someone you can trust.