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Limitations, constraints and deadlines, paradoxically help us unlock our latent creativity. They help us try the untested, take the risk and explore stuff we normally would not.
Constraints act as rules and guidelines that work for you in a positive way, whether you understand them or not.
While too many constraints and rules are counterproductive, a balanced level of constraints helps creativity. Clearly stated constraints help us plan our scope of work and the amount of effort that has to be put.
Example: A pre-existing constraint with an employer of providing a two-page CV along with the cover letter help us draft the same with the limitations in mind.
“Creativity is often misunderstood. People often think of it in terms of artistic work — unbridled, unguided effort that leads to beautiful effect. If you look deeper, however, you’ll find that some of the most inspiring art forms — haikus, sonatas, religious paintings — are fraught with constraints.”
Applying constraints is like stoking the fires of creativity for writers:
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Gratitude doesn’t seem to come as easily as grumbling does, and you will likely resist this exercise. Waiting for the resistance to pass is futile. Just do it.
Sit down with pen and paper or at your computer and start, “I am grateful for …”
Your gratitude list is a bridge across those troubled waters to a resting place on the other side.
As you move through your day, pause now and then when you remember and think as you do something “I am grateful.”
Moving through your day with awareness and grace in this way will mean that when you do sit down to write your gratitude list those things will come to mind.