Monday, March 5, 2012
The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 2 ~ Remaining Curious Requires Confidence
The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 2
Remaining Curious Requires Confidence
“Adults who remain curious have learned to ‘not care’ about what others think
or they had enough confidence as children to keep their curiosity.”
Walt Disney Imagineering Florida
This is in a section of the book called Getting Started. This brings to my mind a thought I’ve had for a long time. We need to keep a childlike (not childish) view of the world. Now stop! Don’t think I’m telling you to act like a little kid and start ignoring adult reality.
Kids have a special way of thinking. They don’t automatically set limits on what they do. If they come up with an idea they will stick with it, trying different ways to make it work. They don’t usually care much if they fail as long as they get closer to the goal. What if I . . . . is their language. That is because they are curious. It takes curiosity to create and it takes courage to continue after you fail once, twice or more.
It is only when the adults in their lives tell a child to “quit trying and see reality” they stop trying. Also constant failure usually caused by lack of adult support causes failure. A child can’t succeed at drawing if they don’t have art supplies. A child can’t learn to build if they don’t have blocks. This barrage of negative thought and lack of support will kill both curiosity and courage.
If you want to succeed at being creative you need to learn to think like a creative child. Remember to give yourself permission to try and fail. It is in failure you learn what works. It is in sticking with an idea that problems are solved and creativity happens. Quit letting what others think or say limit your creative thinking. So what if they don’t like the color you paint your room. If you like it that is what is important. Don’t let fear of failure stop you from trying and trying again.
This is a lesson I’m trying to learn. I’m trying to reject the negative comments people make or have made and only accept the constructive thoughts. I’m learning to let myself enjoy the process of being creative and learning. I’m trying to recapture the courage of my childhood. I’m learning to stop the negative thoughts I have. I’m working on telling myself I can instead of I can’t.
I’ve found in the last few days when I did let myself recapture my creative courage I succeeded more at the tasks. The tasks were everything for trying something different when I cooked to writing. I also found when I gave others the support they needed to have the courage to succeed, The support has been in both encouraging words and giving them the supplies they need they succeeded.
My husband has been wanting to build a table and counter with granite tops for our BBQ area for a long time. He had some of the supplies and some ideas. There has been a lot of comments negative comments about not being able to succeed at building this. My husband doubted his ability. Today he has almost finished it. It is together and just needs the finishing touches to complete it.
So how are you going to recapture the courage to create? How are you going to encourage others in their creative endeavors?
If you wish to follow along and read the book for yourself here is the information:
The Imagineering Workout
By The Disney Imagineers
It is available at Amazon.com