Fear of Mushrooms
Who hasn’t been frightened by those menacing alien life forms that emerge from rotten logs. So many of our confrontations in everyday life take real courage and some of us have fear of clowns (Coulrophobia), fear of garlic (Alliumphobia) and the universally dreaded fear of mushrooms (Mycophobia). In comparison, being Courageously Creative is a bit of an overstatement.
We strive for zero defects, 6 sigma quality control, and just-in-time everything, leaving only a little room for errors. To have courage to create, the room for errors needs more square footage. Common sense says to take a known route to an important meeting, but how about trying a new path on the way back home, unless you have the phobia for returning home (Nostophobia).
What are you sometimes afraid of when you are being creative? How do overcome these thoughts?
The process of creating requires room for some missteps. When asked about the many attempts to produce his light bulb, Thomas Edison said “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
We are aware when things are critical; however, to clear an environment to create, try increasing your awareness for times when things don’t matter. These are the times for experimenting with little downside and there is no courage required. Bravely try new ingredients, but I don’t need to tell you to avoid those wild mushrooms.
– So what do you think?