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:
- Crisply define your work before doing it
- Keep your mind clear, do not use your brain for remembering and reminding
- Think ahead about your work/life and chart out well-defined goals
- Align your day-today activities with your larger goals
- 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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