For five days I’m writing about constraints that serve as kindling for Creation. Yesterday I wrote The Truth About Time.
Like electric energy seeking ground in a Kansas lighting storm, ideas pass fast through creative-types to be harnessed.
Without proper channeling the world’s grandest ideas diffuse into nothingness.
Scott Belsky, author of Making Ideas Happen says,
Idea generation is a wild animal that requires a stolid trainer to tame the excitement… While our creative side intuitively seeks freedom and openness–blue-sky projects–our productivity desperately requires restrictions.
Highly Creative people put in the hours to be ready vessels and when the perfect idea hits, they marry it. They admire other beautiful ideas but are not seduced to follow them home. They stay hooked on their own long-term project restricting themselves toward Creation.
Creative-types constantly generate new ideas, but this gift turns into a curse if not curbed at the right point during the Creative process. When the initial rush fades and the work ahead is just perspiration you are at great risk of abandoning your project. Belsky says,
The easiest and most seductive escape from project plateau is the most dangerous one: a new idea. New ideas offer a quick return to the high energy and commitment zone, but they also cause us to lose focus. As the new star rises, our execution efforts for the original idea starts to fall off. The end result? A plateau filled with the skeletons of abandoned ideas.
Nobel laureate molecular biologist, James Watson, best known for co-discovering the structure of DNA says,
I feel comfortable taking on a problem only when I believe meaningful results can come over a three-to-five-year interval.
If you have reason to believe you have a 30 percent chance of solving over the next two or three years a problem that most others feel is not for this decade, that’s a shot worth taking.
If you’re still seeking a brilliant idea to hook up with, enjoy the hunt. But once you find it, constrain yourself to work on it for several years to Create.