What you believe, often creates a hairline opportunity for amazing creations. That’s what we teach here at the MITA International Brain Based Center anyway, and what I re-discovered in my own life last week. No question, it still takes courage and even risks a few mistakes to create the kind of wonder worth chasing. I’m referring to innovation that inspires new life for you and stirs curiosity in people around you. Yet I’ve just re-encountered how personal beliefs offer the best place to start. If you’d like to reboot your own mental zip or add a dash more meaning to life, read on.
Only one pre-condition exists, as I see it. Creativity takes a readiness to develop and use talents in wild and wonderful ways. Ready? Then start with one belief you’d like to see walk forward with two feet. How so?
Take One Problem, Then Toss in a Belief and Mix Up a Talent or Two
If you believe that your family can do better when disagreements touchdown, and if you hold even a microscopic hosting skill, invite them all to a party at your home. See how easy it is to take the risk? Even if two only come, you’ve already begun your creation. Why not design cool place cards that name one strength to define each guest? A small gesture that transforms previously earned labels, such as Pinhead or Bag-o’-rocks-for-a-Brain , into honest-to-goodness tag-lines that encourage. See, you’re already out of the gates with breakneck speed. Now watch what a few hosting talents can do to mellow customary blows between Sadie and Salvador. Creations that bring most satisfaction tend to be designed to solve stubborn problems, with winning interventions.
Not sure of your talents or mental tools to create? Then why not survey your multiple intelligences and toss around a few hidden or unused abilities, as I did this week? Let’s face it, if we wait for time to create – it’s about as likely to happen as a lightening strike to your over-stretched calendar. Simply start with a passionate belief, and creation follows as easily as waves follow tides.
Personal beliefs about people as currency, form the basis for a novel I wrote a few years ago, and recently dusted off to edit for publication. Not that stories should moralize. Just they opposite. The best yarns out there teach us all, just as they weave throughout imagination and our lives, in ways that expand beliefs and offer hope for a better way. Many of you know my longtime passion for celebrating diversity and for learning from differences across genders, beliefs and cultures. After living in Baffin Island’s High Arctic communities for two years, as researcher and professor with McGill University, I wrote a novel to capture and learn from nuances and mysteries that permeate life on a frozen tundra.
Create the First Step to a Legacy You’d be Proud to Top Up Your Contribution to Life
My story’s about an Inuit teacher who rattles a white leader’s world, when foreign practices threaten to rob her son’s opportunity to learning about his Inuit legacy. It’s a natural place to create, because it links to my beliefs, and draws from a talent I hope to develop further.
Interested in my novel’s opening scene?
Outside the kitchen window, her team of huskies barely moved. Their heads tucked against the drive of the wind. Their tails turned and curled like snow that swirled and circled around frozen feet. She stood watching their nocturnal wakefulness, and cradled a warm cup of coffee in her hands. There was no denying, this was a winter of extremes, and Oonark detested the intellectual hardening of Arctic arteries all around her. She didn’t look forward to daily battles to coax her boys into another dark day at school. Neither did she want to arrive at her classroom early herself to prepare lessons, only to discover her own boys had slept in and missed school, again. With any glimpse of sunshine still months away, and their father out hunting on an outpost camp, today, November 1st, she’d celebrate her 40th birthday as just another day at school. She drew in a deep breath, turned their bedroom doorknob and called the boys’ names, fully expecting silence to invade her early morning plans.
Seek Support from Talented People You Respect in the Area of Your Project
Thanks to support from people like Robyn McMaster over at Brain Based Biz and Jeanne Dininni over at Writer’s Notes, I am fired to finish and edit my novel soon. Can’t wait to introduce my cool line-up of characters who really wrote their own adventures, and then invited me along to enjoy the ride. My chance to inspire others the way Inuit leaders challenged and motivated me. I’ve just found another supportive blog over at novelist Randy Ingermanson‘s Advanced Fiction Writing site.