“The master of your success is your creative mind” Michael Lee
You conscious mind controls your body, what it does, how it does it. Yet when the body sleeps so does the conscious mind. The subconscious or creative mind NEVER sleeps. It is this part of you that largely governs your personality, character, desires, etc. This part of the mind is great tool, but it is also underused. When did you last deliberately place a problem in you creative mind?
“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” ~ Napoleon Hill
How many people have trouble sleeping. Insomnia is widespread in the modern world. In too many cases, doctors prescribe drugs, like Zolpidem or Zaleplon and others, for the treatment of insomnia. Pills, however, are the last thing you need. According to some research, these troubles are really initiated by a failure to close down the conscious mind. Something I learned to do a long time ago. If I worried about the project problem I was facing then I would never sleep. They were constant and ongoing.
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” ~ Thomas Edison
Two powerful reasons to think about the power of the creative mind. According to Benjamin P. Hardy of Inc Magazine “many of the world’s most successful people to intentionally direct the workings of their subconscious mind while they’re sleeping”. Creativity is about making connections between different subjects in different parts of the brain. Creativity is a vital part of writing and blogging.
Your state of mind has a tremendous impact on you and the actions you take. One reason renowned psychologists have, for many years, suggested that we develop a positive state of mind. That state of mind helps us get things done. For the writer that means we are ready to start writing and overcome the blank page causing problems. The creative mind should be ready to go.
With the subconscious or creative part of our mind having been set a task, the writer is ready to start as soon as they face the blank page. I slept well last night. I asked my subconscious mind the consider ways to finalise this piece. This morning I have the answer — am ready to fill in the gaps, know where I need more research and have the will to complete it. I even removed the additional clutter that confused the concluding part.
“Does your creative mind like the way you are”? Michael Lee and others ask. At one time I struggled with understanding why liking myself mattered. I didn’t have to like myself to live. There is a simple reason this is such an important question. If you don’t like yourself will you ever like the things you produce?
Of course you can write, or blog, without liking yourself, but how long will you last? Ultimately you will dislike writing and feel you have nothing to contribute. The reason this is the first step in a process of self-improvement. Get over that feeling and you can move forward again.
Need for Change?
Do you need to change? I promise, I am not picking on you. We all need this to some degree. Indeed the need for change should be continuing. Each one of us has something we need to change at each stage in our life. We can always learn. There is always something we can do better.
Recognising that can be the first great challenge. Changing is the second.
How many bad habits do you have? Habits are the hardest thing to break. Worse, for many the subconscious, or creative, mind has developed bad habits and is no longer effective. Replaced by that part of you that belittles every idea you come up with. Telling you: ‘you have no business thinking such powerful thoughts’. Providing an affirmation of your inability to create anything.
Confirming that you cannot do the things you think about. The worst possible state of mind for a writer. This type of thinking that can limit any person. Why would you even get up in the morning? Change is needed. Use your creative mind the way it should be used.
Can you implant a thought into your subconscious or creative mind in order to have it work on it 24*7, even while you sleep?
As you live your life you are always encountering obstacles, whether real or metaphorical. They obscure the path to be taken. You put a great deal of thought into surmounting them. This is where the subconscious mind comes into its own. The reality is that you have things to do. Your boss needs the report completed, etc., etc.
This is where the subconscious or creative mind takes over. However, I do more than that. I plant ideas in my own subconscious mind, telling it to identify the solution, and often give it a deadline. I have always been conscious of the impact of deadlines. This works, it is why I have woken with the solution in my mind, fresh in the morning, ready to draft the words.
I am little sceptical of those manuscripts that tell you it is possible to think and grow rich yet it relates to use of the mind. Using it to think through ways to make money. Your mind cannot manufacture money, neither can it magically fill your bank account. I prefer to think about ways to improve yourself and solve the challenges you are working on. This is where the creative mind can play a part in developing your future.
How do you apply this to writing your own blog? Writers would normally consider themselves creative people, so developing a creative mind is essential. It is that place where you can consider problems. Do it right and the writer never has to be afraid of the blank page again.
A Creative Mind
As the page opens, you know what you are going to say.
In 2015 I entered the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The challenge — write your novel in a month. When I said write, that is all it is. This is an exercise of pure writing. It is about getting the ideas down on paper, that is all. Editing comes later. In doing this challenge I found that every morning the words would flow onto the page. I wasn’t thinking them, at least not in the traditional way. My subconscious mind had the story and as I opened the lid of the laptop I was simply the conduit to pour the story onto the page. I wrote nearly 80,000 words that month.
Truth is anyone can do it. The tool is your mind and how you prepare yourself to write.
Starting the Day
How do you start your day? You can call forward the contents of the creative mind any time you like. Many take time, early morning, to place them into a journal. This can be vital to what we achieve, as is the attitude adopted through the day.
That need for a positive mental attitude, once again. Tell yourself ‘I can achieve this’. Then you are much more likely to than when you start the day by questioning your ability.
Of course, everyone hits snags along the way. Perhaps the research doesn’t backup your thesis. Time to find an alternative route! You could either write about something else or take your idea in a new direction. Your creative mind has mapped out the preferred plan, but it didn’t have the results of the Google search. Follow the conclusions of the research, perhaps. It may be a different piece than you planned, but it can still be valuable.
To some extent, as a writer you need other possibilities ready in advance. Place that piece back into the subconscious mind and write something else. The mind is a beautiful thing and it can work on more than one problem at a time.
Make a donation to the upkeep of GobbledeGoox as a way to thank Peter Giblett for considering the needs of the subconscious or creative mind. A positive mental attitude is only a part of the picture, thinking through problems matters. Do that before writing. Something to contribute? Please leave a comment. The images here were either created or owned by Peter Giblett or sourced from a public domain location, such as Pixabay or Unsplash.