Feeling Creative?

Man, I really should write my blog more! Maybe I should NLP myself.

It is actually a common issue and something I have helped people with and have found within myself, that people get creative at completely the wrong times. I often have a great idea for a blog whilst I am doing some household chore and am often not in the position to write it down or record and by the time I get to the computer the idea has gone!

Sound familiar at all? I have been exploring this over the last few weeks to develop a strategy to get into the correct state and generate ideas at the right time.

Originally I tried the old tried and test (or is it?) approach of carrying round a notebook to scribble ideas in. That didn’t work, I would carry it around and then forget it, or not have a pen or something else and by the time I had found everything I needed the idea had gone.

SO, then I took to attempted to develop a memory trick to remember key points at the time so that I had a roadmap, a few salient points to guide me when I sat down at the computer. That was great, I remembered the skeleton, but lost the flesh that made the idea something more and just ended up writing lists or bullet points…

SO, eventually I decided that I had to figure out someway to get into the right frame of mind at the right time, to reboot my creative process to run when I want it to rather than when it felt like it. Which meant recognising the “trigger” of the strategy or process, so I could capture and recreate that when I wanted to. A bit like a button on your computer that sets the programme running.

I did this in a couple of ways. For those familiar with NLP and Strategy elicitation, you are probably aware of what I did, but I would like to point out, at the risk of sounding blasphemous I at no point recorded it in the Vi-Ke-Ac way. You only need to do this when you are learning them. (for those of you not versed in NLP don’t worry, its not important).

The real secret of Strategy Ellicitation, as will NLP in general really, is STATE. Either get yourself into the correct state, or (and even better) recognise when you are in that state). And run that right back to the beginning and ask yourself the question “What is the first thing I notice?”. Is it a sound, a feeling, somebody saying something to you, something you see? Then when you have that ‘trigger’ ask yourself “what is the very next thing that happens/that I do?” Is it a feeling? Something you see (either in your head, ie imagined/remembered, our outside in the real world), once you have these steps (and there won’t actually be that many of them) run it in your head a few times. Then start practicing running it as and when you want. You will still find it naturally occurring at the old times too, so this will give you the opportunity to tweak and refine it.

SO there we go, now I have said that I have no excuse not to write more often eh? Just got to work on my time planning now…

Be back soon
Matt!

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