Am needing to come up with a good idea fast here at the moment – and struggling.
It’s in a field I know little about, video-making, which is most of the problem. So straight after writing this, I’m back to the web for total immersion. Then when I’m almost nauseous with how-to advice… kerchang!…inspiration may
Which brings me to this week’s subject: the fine art of balancing exposure to influence with goals.
Discussing this at university, a friend suggested Mental Toughness training. All the rage in management development apparently, this measures and improves:
Sounding sexier than stress management, how it differs I’m not sure. But I am sure that calling something Mental Toughness, in these tough times, is a good idea : ‘We may not be able to pay you any more – but you’ll be equipped for this.’
Now toughness involves the notion of putting protective armour around oneself – a hard skin through which the arrows of rejection, isolation, misunderstanding, unacceptability and ignoring cannot penetrate…
Trouble is, the arrows of enlightenment, example, instruction and inspiration can’t get through either.
We may be so busy being tough, focussed, single-minded and goal-orientated, that we fail to notice no one is currently firing arrows – and that we are passing castles full of dragons and maidens and all sorts of opportunities…
So. An experiment here in the cowshed this week, with much clanking going on as I get in and out of the armour, every few hours. Will spend a third of the time meandering around seeking exposure to all influences – and two thirds of it, on my trusty steer, Intent, charging forward and producing stuff.
Will let you know how I get on.
In the meantime, here’s a recent article on how teachers don’t like creative children, which has generated a lot of online interest.
Much more on all this soon.