I cannot think of anything I’ve done which was perfect, much less perfect the first time I tried. Every sewing project, every meal, every canter or extended trot on horseback…all were imperfect. I know this to be true because I love to mentally disassemble my work and find the areas which could be improved. This careful dissecting is not at all a sign of self criticism but signals to me that my creativity is flowing.
Others may know creativity differently, but this is my experience with my analytical mind. My brain has a strong linear tendency with lots of divergent paths within. These two ways of thinking are separate avenues to the same reality for me.
The process of evaluation happens unconsciously now in the examples I have given above (well no, as I am a complete beginner in some areas of sewing) and I am able to adjust and modify at times right at the moment of creation. To be able to hold onto a vision while doing some work, evaluate while sewing, drawing, riding a figure…and then adjust the act to stay true to a vision…this process gives me so much pleasure.
To improve one’s work, it is essential to have a mindset that is
CRITICAL-about the work; about the opportunity to improve; about the effort expended and the result gained. For me, critical means clear and it is not connected to self esteem in any way.
POSITIVE-about my vision and my ability to achieve that
OPEN-willingness to learn and change and grow.
note: I have no idea why the poster shows a stone wheel with a quote for Charles Mingus. Just another example of creativity! For those interested, you can learn more about this American jazz musician at the official site mingusmingusmingus.com