Has this ever happened to you, you are stuck in a traffic or travelling in busy train, you look out of window and from no where, a tiny little idea jumps in your mind.
“I could make a system to smooth the traffic” – response ” No its not your job.”
“Let me try to make a solar gadget”- response “Na, Na it won’t work, don’t waste your time”.
“Let me draw a sketch of the beautiful garden”- response “No it is a rubbish though. You think you are an artist”
What do you think would have happened to these sprouting ideas which were responded with “No it is not your job” “It won’t work!”, “No you aren’t an artist”.
Yes!! they will fade away, washed away from memory.
whoever experiences such a situation, has not only got rid of a so called silly thought but the world has also lost a budding architect, an outstanding engineering and a famous painter in the dusk of no where. And the world continues to lose many more brilliant innovators and pioneers whose tiny ideas are responded with a “No”.
Let’s try to work and understand who is judging the world. Who stomped the budding architect? Who crushed the outstanding engineer? The artist?
Who do you think it is? your boss? or your partner? No, look in the mirror and you will spot the most powerful person who can possibly stop you. Yes it is none other than yourself. We stop ourselves and kill our creativity.
It is your very own conscious, regulated disciplined and very tactful brain. An Adult human brain which is equipped to scan sort and trash information in everyday life.
But wait a minute! Mr. disciplined and tactful brain, you ability to process information is speeding up and your scanning and sorting is not only also crumbing unwanted information, but also my special gift, my Creativity!!
“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
― Albert Einstein
People all around the globe have such amazing big and small ideas and creative solutions to change the world. It is creativity and intellect which has shaped and changed the world for a better living. Every day innovative solutions to stagnant issues continues to change the world. And not revolt or blood shed which the masses may believe brings a change. A sapling of a new idea, to do things differently.
As much as we know about the power of creativity, we also know sometimes, unfortunately curiosity and stupidity are confused. And because of this arises the fear of rejection. Therefore most ideas don’t even make it to the lime light. So many wonderful ideas lay buried in our minds. And fade away in darkness. Only because we judge ourselves and stop ourselves from venturing into unknown.
Saying a definite “NO” kills the idea and make us move on with day to day life. But saying a “Yes” is a risky area to be for most of us. It certainly does makes space for ideas to grow, but it may lead to a mental battle. What if things don’t work out, the way we plan? What if, one is looked down upon? and many more.
In such a tossing situation, what could be possibly done? Well a possible solution could be respond to your ideas with a “Maybe”. Maybe I can try this new idea, maybe it might work for me.
Maybe, is a safe place to be you see, where you don’t have to engage in the painful battle with your fears and doubts. Maybe, allows space for the creativity to breath a little, spread and grow and sprout out beautifully. “Maybe” could be your best tool to defer your judgement.
Next time before you are scanning, sorting and trashing ideas tell yourself “maybe I must slow down a little, maybe these ideas stand a chance to be tried”. And who knows it might turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.
Wait a little, slide into the skin of the child inside you, who is fearless, experimental and very curious. Open up to the world of possibilities, maybe its worth trying.