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From Dream to reality: What do you want to create?
What do you want to create?
By Benjamin S C Ugoji
"We cannot live by the past; the present is so transient that it almost does not exist. As a matter of fact, we live by the future: or more accurately, we are unceasingly preparing ourselves towards it, trying to anticipate it, and from this process flow all new ideas. It is impossible to be alive without the effort to bring something new into manifestation."
- Nicolai Fechin
The creative process
Dare to create
Naturally, it's our very nature to be creative. But why it is not happening with most of us? Perhaps it has to do with our understanding of what creativity is or not. Being creative is simply put is having a new idea about anything. For example, you're making a pot of soup and you realised at the last minute that you've ran out of salt. Is there any way, you can develop a substitute for salt? Say, by using another ingredient. For you to make progress with this idea you need to understand the role the salt has to play in the food and you have to reason what value your proposed substitute ingredient could bring to your dish. Assuming you ransacked your cupboard and discovered that you have some magi cube (a flouring agent) which contains mono sodium glutamate (MSG): could it be a substitute? Your ability to answer this question depends on your knowledge about the content of magi cube and it being substituted as salt. Hence creativity requires information and knowledge, juxtaposition and application in a new environment. Being able to create this new experience using an old idea and vice versa is what all creativity is all about.
This write up is to challenge you that creativity is a skill that can be learned and to encourage you to bring new perspective to any experience so as to create an environment necessary to promote creativity.
The Creative Process
Creativity is an essential part of critical-thinking process. Creativity is the ability to develop and implement good and better solutions. According to Wikipedia, creativity "is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts." A creative endeavour has four stages: preparation, incubation, insight, and verification (Sullivan and Decker (2005).
From the forgoing it is clear that the creative endeavour is a process. You should be able to answer the following question:
What is it that I want to create?
How am I going to accomplish it?
What will the product or outcome look like?
How am I going to evaluate it?
In a nutshell a creative process is like having an idea, bring the idea to birth and testing the result. Hence it requires setting clear goal and planning each step so as to accomplish or reach the desired outcome.
Dare to create
To bring any new idea to birth is a new experience. Being a new experience it'll move you out of you comfort zone. It's risk taking! If you share your idea with people they could scorn at it. Hence you need to be strong and courageous so as to bring your idea to life. You may have been nursing the idea of writing a book or any other thing of worth. What is stopping you? Wake up from your slumber of procrastination!
Remember when God wanted to create you, he had a template. But how did I know? In Genesis 1:26, we read:
"Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground."
We'll not delve into the whole creation story, but from the above passage we can learn few things:
1: A new idea as an intention; God had an intention to create man.
2: He had a framework or structure as a vehicle to transform his thought to reality
; To create man in His image
3: The outcome of the creative endeavour was that they will rule over His other creations
As you can see from this example God had an intention and had a clear picture of what His creation will look like and there was a clear purpose to the outcome of the process. Creativity requires that you are imaginative as well as knowledgeable. It is important to mention that that creativity is not creating something entirely new; it could simply be an improved way of doing something. Therefore you need the resources (time, money, emotional energy and, skills), discipline, persistence and, commitment to bring your dream into reality.
What do you want to create? What is your motivation? Give it a go! Just as you don't know which seed will grow except you plant it; your burden idea may change your destiny if carefully nurtured. Experiment on it and learn from your experience.
Hands on Bible: New Living Translation. 2nd Edition. Tyndale.
Sullivan E . J. and Decker P.J. (2005) Effective Leadership Management Nursing. International Edition. Pearson Education International (p.102-103)
© 2007 Ben Ugoji