I have just discovered that I don’t seem to be able to turn my head in one direction and my eyes in the opposite direction simultaneously. Cool.
Of course, this could be a well-known thing, there may even be medical papers written on the subject. Heck, there may be entire blogging communities devoted to the subject. Or, it could be that most people actually can turn their head in one direction and look the other way. Maybe I’ve got some neurological issue caused by an unknown bacteria or toxin that’s damaging the motor-function chunk of my brain.
Or, maybe I’ve been binge-watching too much “House”.
In any case, the important part of all of this is that I discovered something. “Why is that important?” one might ask. “Are you the first one to discover this? Can you profit by it? If not, who cares?”
I care. And you should, too. No, not about my discovery, but, about your own discoveries.
When we discover something new to us, it energizes us, awakens our brain cells that hunger for new information. And it gives us a new point of reference on which to build, allowing for more creative output.
For example, when you discover the little arrow next to the fuel gauge on your car’s dashboard, and realize that it points to the side of the car where the fuel cap is, not only is your life easier (no more accidentally parking on the wrong side of the fuel pump,) but you can also start looking for other shortcuts you may not have noticed. Or, you can use the idea of that indicator arrow in a project of your own.
Perhaps more importantly, paying attention to your discoveries can activate the part of your brain that looks for things, namely new discoveries, opening up a wealth of tools you didn’t have on hand before.
Discovery is one of the 4 foundations of creativity (I’ll talk more about that in later posts, I promise.) Therefore, it needs to be held in high esteem. By dismissing our discoveries too quickly, we minimize our accomplishments and devalue not only our work, but far too often, ourselves.
Why not try keeping track of your discoveries in a journal, or text-message yourself when you make one? This can be a great way to keep the juices flowing, and strengthen your skills as a creative explorer.
Thanks for your time, and have an amazing day!