As someone creative, it’s natural to ask a lot of questions. Curiosity and the desire for knowledge are hallmarks of the active creative mind, and asking the right kinds of questions leads to great inspiration and discovery, and fuels your creativity no end.
Questions can also be very powerful in STOPPING you from being more creative though, if you ask the wrong ones. A closed question or one embedded with doubts or negativity will lead you into a loop of frustration, inactivity and eventually complete creative block.
What are these kinds of questions to avoid? And how can we turn them around with just one magic word?
The closed questions we’re talking about here include ones like:
Can I be more creative?
Can I create in new mediums?
Can I overcome my creative blocks?
Can I be consistently creative?
Can I develop my talents and experiences as a creative artist?
Now on the surface these don’t seem overtly negative. And they’re not. But the way they’re asked all prompt a “Yes” or “No” answer. They’re closed, in that sense.
More often than not, you’ll likely answer “No”. Even if you say “Yes”, then where does it get you? It doesn’t actually move you anywhere. It’s like saying “Do I have the ability to do things I’m not currently doing?”. Of course the answers is always “Yes”, but it doesn’t get you doing them.
Here’s where you pull out your magic word! There are 3 simple letters that when added to the questions above instantly give you motivation and momentum to move your creative life forward.
The 3 letters? H.O.W.
Put “How” at the beginning of these questions and what do they become?
How can I be more creative?
How can I create in new mediums?
How can I overcome my creative blocks?
How can I be consistently creative?
How can I develop my talents and experiences as a creative artist?
By asking “How”, you make the question into a presupposition. You make the assumption that you CAN do these things, and move straight to working out how. When you just ask your mind a “Can I” question, it’ll answer in a split second “Yes” or “No”. End of answer.
But when you ask “How can I…” then your mind instantly switches into creative mode and comes up with ideas and solutions. You can’t switch it off, being creative is what your mind does naturally. You’ve just got to ask the right questions to give it permission to get creative!
So, how can you use the power of “How” to help you move forward in your creative life? (oh, there it is again!).
Feel free to use the example questions above and add any of your own to come up with a stream of ideas to get you creating. Then pick one and take action today!
From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin
http://www.CoachCreative.comTags: creative, Creativity