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Cognitive Control

There are two key avenues creatives take when generating ideas, fostering inspiration and developing the next project - we wander or we guide.


Wandering is the practice of freeing our minds from current parameters, environments and experiences hoping to wade into the spontaneity of a novel idea. Wherever the mind goes, new or old, it goes. These ideas are out-of-the-blue.


Guiding is the practice of intentionally acknowledging and setting apart the information, practices and options we already know, and instead choose to think about the opposite or the other in relation to what we're already aware of.


Sometimes we need to wander, right? To force nothing. Sort of like taking a walk and letting old story ideas ruminate while new thoughts break in from the outside simultaneously.


Other times we have no choice but to put our current music on the hot seat and evaluate, unwrap, develop alternates and ultimately wrestle with the creation of something different than what we've done before.


Q. Are you in a season of needing to wander a bit? Not tear down the old but simply find refreshment or stir up inspiration? What will you do today to take a breath?


Q. How about a guided tour of your current / previous projects? What can you do to honestly and constructively review what you have done in order to create a new and different path / project forward? When will you start?


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