The theme this month at SWC is all about creativity!
Creativity is not just about being musical or artistic. Creativity is key in approaching problem solving, whether on a large or small scale, and whether you are thinking about your personal life or challenges facing the planet.
In this article from GOOP, Peter Sims, the author of “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries” raises the idea that perfectionism can be a huge block to our creativity.
When we fear that we won’t be able to do something perfectly, our first impulse may be to not even try.
Sims says “being imperfect, and being willing to make mistakes in order to discover new paths, opportunities, and approaches is essential to any creative process. Unless we’re a genius or prodigy like Mozart, we must unlearn a lot of old habits.”
Sims believes that the main habit we must overcome is fear of failure or criticism, so we can move from a fixed mindset, based on perfectionism, to a growth mindset.
He suggests trying small steps (called “little bets”). The idea is that you decide how much risk you are willing to take until you gradually shed whatever holds you back.
There has never been a better time to explore your creative side than now. We can all use some new ways of thinking as we emerge into post-lockdown life.
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What little bets are you willing to make to unleash your creativity?
With love and light.