"Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing" - A. A. Milne
As a life coach, I’m aware of the term ‘hustle’, as a teacher I’m aware of ‘hard-work’ and as a leader, I was aware of ‘deadlines’. However, sometimes I’ve realised that it’s better to do nothing than it is to do something; which ironically is still doing something. Here are three things to do whilst being “still”, to allows things to move.
1. ReflectionI’ve lost count of the of times when not making a big decision; when I was tired, or busy; has allowed me the space to reflect on what my options are. It’s definitely helped to rethink some of my decisions, with better understanding, compassion and empathy for those that may be impacted. Sometimes telling someone “we’ll see” and seemingly doing “nothing”, allows you the time and space to think about doing the right thing.
2. The “Ozil principle”
I’m an Arsenal fan, so having watched Mesut Ozil over the years, I’ve noticed that his vision means he is a master of knowing when and when not to move; all with the hopes of serving others. The lesson from one of the greatest passers ever? Sometimes, not moving allows others to move around you so that you can assist them.
Not everything needs a reaction; sometimes it takes someone to not do anything in that moment to calm things down, improve a situation or, remember your own priorities and focus on what really matters. It can be difficult in the heat of the moment, but learning to not do anything, can sometimes be proactive.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein
The minds and thoughts of creatives are both inspiring and fascinating to me. “Creatives”, by definition are defined as those who such as a writer or artist who uses their imagination or skills to make things — including solutions. This could also include poets, dancers and musicians.
Here are three things that creatives do that we can all learn from:
1. Know THE process
Creating something is a lot like baking a cake. Knowing the recipe is vital to making a great dish. A writer knows they need a pen and paper; artists know they need brushes and a canvas; musicians know they will need an instrument — whether it’s their voices or an actual instrument.
2. Know YOUR process
Know yourself. Know what works for you, what doesn’t work for you; when a hammer is better than a screwdriver and more importantly; when something that works for somebody else will not work for you.
3. Know THEIR process
Creatives usually have a great way of studying the art, skills and tribulations of other creatives. Better yet, the great ones have a genuine appreciation that honours the work of others. Learn from other people, be inspired and don't forget to pay homage; it's a great way to continue encouraging creators to create!
Personal thanks to Aaron, Andrew, Marvin, Tendai, Dujuan, Rafiu, Asser; the creatives who inspire my creativity.