“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~Mark Twain
How Successful People Think (Part 2): Creativity and Focus Working Together
Life is full of possibilities. One way that we learned in the last blog to recognize more of those possibilities is to shift your language from “yes, but” to “yes, and.” So the question now is: What do you do with this knowledge that other possibilities exist? What happens after you accept and open up to these new possibilities? Do you feel excited or overwhelmed in the face of these possibilities?
Depending on your emotions at the time, you either greet these possibilities with self-imposed limitations or creatively expand on them. Clearly, creativity is the preferred choice. It has historically been thought that creativity is an inherent trait that someone either has or does not have; in other words, that there are creative people and not so creative people. Scientific research is showing us that, in fact, creativity is a state of being we all have access to.
A simple technique to raise your creativity levels is to do something that puts you in a positive mood. In her research at Emotional Intelligence Worldwide, Sue Langley found that positive moods are beneficial for creative output, both quantity and quality. So once you have an awareness that there are other possibilities through using the “Yes, and….” reframe, you can now choose to engage in an activity that induces a mood of positivity or happiness. Going for a walk, calling a friend or watching something humorous, may in fact, lead to the insight you are looking for.
In his book FOCUS; The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Daniel Goleman, suggests that using focus has a profound impact on our emotions. He suggests that by noticing and paying attention to positive experiences we can elicit a more positive frame of mind. When we are feeling more positive we make decisions using a higher level of emotional intelligence and increase our performance in many personal and professional domains.
In other words, by noticing and choosing activities wisely you can profoundly influence how successfully you are able to creatively move forward on the infinite possibilities that we all have before us.
How will you use this information?? Is there a more positive focus or activity that you can engage in today? Share what you will do in the comments below. And if it helps let us know!
Wishing you creative insight and much happiness today!
Dr. Lynn K Jones
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Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Board Certified Coach and an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. A MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.