Crisis Vs. Creativity

Our work swings between crisis and creativity.

The thing about crisis is, if dealt frequently, it becomes a thought pattern and begins to hurt.  I call this pattern – ‘Crisis Mindset’. Those having crisis mindset breed crisis mentality and infect others with it. The types of conversations in crisis mindset are –

How do we do it fast? What do we do to fix this now? Why are people not performing?  

If you notice, there is always something urgent or immediate to deal with. The crisis mindset does not realize that it’s inside, not outside. In the past few years, I had the opportunity to work with many entrepreneurs. Some have surprisingly relaxed and productive life, while some keep struggling to get things in control.

I noticed that high performance entrepreneurs exhibit creative mindset. They don’t look for short term fixes.  Instead, they work like artisans. They shape every aspect of work and life using their ingenuity. When Steve Jobs started out to launch the legendary iPhone or 37signals created a wildly successful web app, creative mindset was in action. And it isn’t about the numbers or the fame, it’s about the work attitude that constantly focuses on creativity and bringing change that leaves a trail.

The conversations in a creative mindset are about making an impact, creating value, getting into the details and contributing to success of others. It’s still work, but of a different shade.

Creative mindset lives richer, meaningful existence. Crisis mindset leads to more crisis and fire fighting!

Which category do you belong to?

It’s easy to tell. Just ask yourself right now and the answer will come out. If you are somewhere in the middle, then you are not playing a bigger game.

Crisis mindset isn’t bad, it’s just unproductive. It is easy to deal with it if you are willing to climb up the ladder. Here is how you can transition from crisis to creativity.

The transition from Crisis to Creativity

Here are a few actions for you to get a head start:

  1. Crisply define your work before doing it
  2. Keep your mind clear, do not use your brain for remembering and reminding
  3. Think ahead about your work/life and chart out well-defined goals
  4. Align your day-today activities with your larger goals
  5. Develop the habit of deep practice and uninterrupted work

It takes conscious effort and practice to develop a creative mindset. In my upcoming course, I take this to a much deeper level. Once you practice it enough, crisis will start to fade from your life. The more you get into the creative mindset, the less and less you will see crisis happening. A new cycle of productivity and performance will begin.

How much percentage of creative mindset is involved in your work? Who are your favorite creative entrepreneurs?
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The Mindset for Long-term Success

power of mindsetDr. Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading psychologists at Stanford University. From her 20 years of research, she explains how our mindset has a huge impact on the quality of life and determine our success. Dr. Dweck’s studies posit that there are two basic mindsets that control how most people see themselves.

Those with a “fixed mindset” assume intelligence, character, and creative potential are unchangeable attributes written in stone since birth — that they cannot be modified in any meaningful way. They further assume that success is simply a result of this inherent talent, and as a result, they often avoid failure in order to maintain an aura of infallibility.

Those with a “growth mindset” have a much more malleable view on success. They do not view failure as a reflection of their ability, but rather as a starting point for experimentation and testing of ideas. Their main advantage is in treating unsuccessful attempts simply as another data point — “This didn’t work out, but I eliminated one option and will now pursue the next.”

This is a profound finding. It also answers my long-term quest about finding why some people refuse to learn even though it can be life-changing. The main reason is – “fixed mindset”.

Dr. Dwick put up an interesting test to determine your mind-set. Watch her remarkable video on Youtube.

If you are willing to create the right mindset for long-term success, join my free productivity boot-camp and chart out a new future.

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