Creativity’s Guide to Problem-Solving

Creativity's Guide to Problem-Solving

Hi Everyone! This post is going to be a little something different. So, part of my experience in working through things, as I’ve talked about in many places on the site, has been different aspects of my inner life experience being embodied by characters, whose appearance mirrors what their nature is like on the level of their feel, energy, approach to life, etc. One such character is one I call Creativity. She seems to specialize in solving any and all kinds of problems, utilizing things like creativity, lateral thinking, consideration, and playful experimentation. As a character, I’d say she’s generally good-natured and fun to be around, too.

I came up with the idea of having some characters “speak” out guides to things they are strong in, and the first one that came to mind was Creativity and problem-solving. How did I write this? Well, like any storyteller or actor might – I have a sense of Creativity, of her energy, and of how she might go about approaching giving a guide to this topic. So, without further ado, here is Creativity’s Guide to Problem-Solving:


CGuide1Oh, hi! So, then this is supposed to be a guide about solving problems. And I am your host, Creativity – pleased to make your acquaintance *bows*

CGuide2So first, what you need, is a problem. Something to tackle, something… potentially challenging.

CGuide3From there – you gotta solve it.

CGuide4But I bet you’re looking for more than just that ^_^

CGuide5Problem-solving is about finding answers – about finding the right solution, yes, but also about finding out the nature of the problem in front of you.

CGuide6Is it a problem? Does it have multiple components? What’s stopping you from solving it?

CGuide7Asking questions, trying to grapple with the nature of what you’re dealing with – that can be a solid first step towards your goal.

CGuide8I mean, you could, even, ask about if the problem you’re facing really even is a problem for you – do you even want to solve it at all? Sometimes, recognizing what’s important to you, vs what isn’t, can help you to discern where you’re willing to take action – and the problems, or, issues, you’re looking at can change.

CGuide9So let’s say you found something. You know where you are, and you know where you’d like to be. Good first step.

CGuide10Question is – how come you’re here, instead of there? Where do you need to go, to travel in-between? I mean, you can’t know this from the get-go, but still! You can form an idea of your path, and specifically, an idea for what your next step will be, and how you’d like to take action.

CGuide11Then, act! Go ahead and try it out – you had an idea, so, see what happens. Did you get closer to your goal? Did you get further from it? What happened?

CGuide12You might want to make adjustments as you go, to whatever next steps you’re going to take. After all, the way you imagine things going may not be at all like what actually happens! That doesn’t mean it hurts to plan things out, but just that, each step along the way, a new plan may be more appropriate. Sticking to a plan can gum you up, and just get you frustrated. Go with what works! You can always learn from what doesn’t work.

CGuide13*thinking* Oh – and just because you fail, or because your initial ideas don’t match reality as you encounter it, doesn’t mean you’re dumb. It’s about trial and error – at least you are trying! Engaging in the process is what gets you there, not just trying to know everything before you begin. It’s okay to experiment, to try outrageous (but safe) things sometimes.

CGuide14You never know where a breakthrough may happen, and sometimes – ^ ^ a little creativity can come in handy.

CGuide15So, what kind of problems do you have? Where are you, and where would you like to be? Are you taking steps to get there? And if not, why?

CGuide16And I’m not accusing you of anything! Like I said before, sometimes the problems we take on may not be as important to us as other things – maybe we neglect one area, while in our minds we have a heightened sense of the importance of another. And that’s fine and all – but it can be important to become aware of it. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself why, when you’re not working on something you kinda think you should be. No one’s passing out blame – I don’t think there has to be any blame! CGuide17But if you look for understanding, maybe you can make solid decisions – you know, like about what to focus on! If all you’re thinking about is work, when what you really want is to relax, then, if you see this, then maybe your focus will go to something like striking a balance between the two. That seems like a positive way to go, right? ^ ^

CGuide18So anyway – that’s my guide on how to solve problems. Have any questions? Let me know down in the comments below. I look forward to it! Bye! *waves*


So – that’s the guide – did you have fun with it? Feel free to direct questions to me or Creativity – I’ll do what I can to answer from her perspective, similar to how I wrote this guide.

I plan to do some more guides soon, so stay tuned!

Take care everybody, and stay cool,
-Oliver

 

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