When you begin making small changes on a daily basis it increases your flexibility in dealing with change. The creative process is a process of change. If we constantly struggle with it then the whole creative act becomes one long battle or else we don’t engage in it at all.
The Collins Dictionary has this to say about creativity. ‘Characterized by the sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions’ …… Interesting don’t you think?
Change is the one constant in our lives, as strange as that may seem. We may not be able to predict what change is going to happen but we can know that eventually it will happen. Whether you are a big business or an individual creative you know that change is coming. In light of this fact it is therefore in our own best interests if we are prepared to manage ourselves because the change itself can come from a source beyond our control and in fact often does.
Therefore a key element to being able to manage both creativity and change is to be comfortable with the idea and process of change. This requires our own conscious participation in the process of change. We must learn to manage change before it manages us. Which of course means being aware of where we are heading in the first place and being open to allowing what we want into or lives.
If we look at this in terms of being an artist, what happens is that, more often than not, we take the easy way out and keep producing the kind of works we have always produced and so we stay stuck in a rut. (Of course that doesn’t apply just to artists). We don’t want change and the fear and uncertainty this brings up for us. Since change is coming anyway, we would be far better off recognizing this fact and instead opening our hearts to the inner guidance available to us through our intuition. In opening to and embracing our intuition we are then able to access a source of wisdom which can navigate us through the choppy waters of change and bring us safely to the other side and into a position of greater strength.
This applies just as much to business as it does to any of the creative disciplines. And the longer we stay stuck the harder it is to move from it. (A subject for another day.) However creativity demands that we unfold creatively as a continually expanding process and if we are afraid to make changes to the way we do things we stop this unfolding in its tracks.
What ways do you manage change in your life? How do you deal with it?
Picture Credit: Taken from Suzan Lenz’s blog
She has a great installation there using old keys and this image is actually called Key to Promise on her blog – she has some interesting things to look at – go check her out.