Preparation: Wax on, wax off.

“Chance favors the prepared mind”

                                                                                                                                      Louis Pasteur

 

Creativity means to be original, come up with a novel idea, to completely transform a field of expertise (a domain), However, and this is a very big however, you cannot transform a domain until you first thoroughly understand how it works. Which means that in this phase, you have to gather and acquire the tools of your trade. A novice chef must learn the use, taste and smells of spices, a mathematician the rules of math and even Picasso mastered first the classical subjects and techniques before setting it aside to pave his own creative path.

Picasso

 

The Preparation phase is about immersing yourself in the craft, honing the skills at a level of second nature. Although different skills require different mental aptitudes and mindsets, they all have a common component, learning and mastering a skill requires absorbing it.  In this stage you UNCRITICALLY view your world and take in knowledge. Everything fascinates you and attracts your attention in a mindfulness way.

Noticing what IS, not what we would like it to be.

 

WHY:

By judging a thought we decrease our minds flexibility and close mental doors of possibility in which one idea can lead us into another

When you are judgmental about something it can go either way:

  1. Positive – you are very keen about a technique / method / flavor / colour. You will find yourself favoring that thing and using it in more cases than normally. “When the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail”.

When judging an idea as “great” we tend to force fit into occasions not necessarily adequate for the original purpose.

 

  1. Negative – you don’t like something and are averting it. This internal judgment can prevent you from using it when it is the most appropriate.

 

By judging an idea as “bad” we are dismissing the possibility that it might contain a seed of thought to be revisited in the future

 

In the Preparation phase, you need to loosen your need to judge things and category boundaries become porous. You accept everything for future reference.