Or The Things That Books Can’t Teach Us
By and large we tend to think of criticism as a negative thing. Why ? Mostly because it is LOL! However intertwined with that is the struggle our ego puts up when we are criticized, even kindly. This happens even when we put our selves into a situation where we might expect criticism to be part of that, such as in a class situation where we are learning a new skill.
Is your cup full or empty?
Are You A Full Cup?
If we want to master a skill, we require constructive criticism. How else can we know what we need to do to improve? It is impossible to teach a full cup. There is no room for growth.
As a case in point, I had a self taught person come to me a few years ago and ask me to critique their work and point them in the right direction. It was an interesting experience for me because every time I went to point out what might have been improved in the work, and how it could have been achieved, I was immediately informed of how much this person or that person had admired the work, or thought it the best thing they had ever done.
I realized fairly early on that there was little point in us working together as they were unable to take any kind of guidance without going into defense mode, which effectively prevented then from actually ‘hearing’ what I was saying.
What is important here is that we all do this somewhere in our lives. Another subtle form of this type of thinking is that as soon as we think we have got something nailed, we stop the flow of expansion because we allow no further possibilities to enter.
Today’s Question: Where are you being a full cup in your life?
It might seem that this topic only relates to people doing artistic or creative types of things, however I do think it is a principle that can be applied to many things that we do. Let’s look at some of the advantages of working in a series.
- It creates continuity
- You get the opportunity to explore a subject in depth
- You often end up pushing yourself to far better work than you ever thought that you could do
- It establishes a cohesive body of work
- Working in series allows you to explore a variety of techniques and approaches to the work, which leads to new discoveries and keeps you creatively expanding
If you look at artists, writers, potters, poets, film makers, fashion designers, so many different creative arenas, you will see that many of them utilize this practice in their work.
Every time a business produces a new product there are a whole raft of set up costs associated with it. By utilizing the working in series principle, they can make this process more cost effective. I was in a chain store the other day and noticed they had a range of specially compressed cloths you could use as sports towels. They had packaged them in a whole range of different containers, everything from baseballs and golf balls to fairy and pirate chests.
Essentially the same product packaged for different targets.
Today’s Question: How can I use this concept in my career/business?
A friend shared these photos recently in an email. They are such fun I had to share them with you – brings a whole new perspective to farming don’t you think?
What farm boys do when they get bored!!!
Hay Henge – Awesome!!!
This satellite dish is just amazing – I mean who would have ever thought of doing that with hay bales? Certainly not me!! I am constantly astounded by other peoples creativity.
Who would have thought that one could be soooo creative with hay bales. Some of these are just amazing.
and last but not least…..
I apologize for no Pix credits as I don’t know where they came from originally.
The more I understand the nature of change, the more I realize that all we have is NOW. Further more, the quality of my NOW is my life and also influences what I’m creating in the future.
When you are in touch with your creative flow you are always in the NOW.
Time doesn’t exist or becomes irrelevant. I find that many of my students often experience this, with the ending of the class seeming to creep up on them almost unawares! Their reactions lead me to believe that for many of them this is the first time in their lives they have had this experience of timeless connection to their creative source.
When we love what we are doing we are connected to our highest flow and source of well being. Things happen effortlessly and life is good. How might you bring more of this grace and ease into your own life this week? What is one thing you can do to find your perfect now?
Today I want to share some really amazing photos I’ve come across…
Exquisite. Reblogged from Looking For Rainbows In The Moonlight
I love the way the boat is full of tree. Autumn River, Sara Bernal
This is one of my all time favourites. Beautifully photographed….squash blossoms. Reblogged from Wishflowers
Reblogged from Le Petit Poulailler . Simply beautiful – love the colours and the delicacy of this image.
Creativity And Self Sabotage. It is amazing how many ways we can find to slay our creative spark.
Let’s look at two different things we sometimes do that can be creativity slayers.
I am driven to write about self sabotage this week, because I saw it in action with one of my students recently, who I may add was completely unaware of what was transpiring at that moment. I recognize this particular moment because I have been there myself in the past. One reason that we come to this moment is from our desire for another’s approval of what we are doing. We are not even necessarily seeking praise for the quality of our work, but perhaps rather, appreciation of our effort.
The big trap here is that, particularly in our beginning efforts at anything, what we have done may just not measure up to someone else’s idea of good, acceptable, wonderful or whatever. What our significant others cannot see is the effort we have put in, either the struggle or the challenges, emotional, mental or physical. So when we proudly show our fledgling efforts and don’t get an enthusiastic response we can be very easily crushed.
DON’T DO THIS TO YOURSELF!!!
Not only that – the second and absolutely WORST thing you can do is show them something when it is only half finished. Because – it really is not going to ‘do it ‘ for them. Yes it can sometimes be a long time in the making, several weeks even, however you do no service to either yourself or your creation by presenting it for appraisal before it is complete. Just as we have to put a cake in the oven for a certain period of time to cook or it will just be a runny mess, so too must we allow our creations time to ‘bake’ to perfection. We don’t take the cake out when it’s half cooked and start handing around slices for people to try.
Another Form Of Self Sabotage