Fear of the Unknown…Week #5 Exercise
Throughout my life, I’ve found that there are certain methodologies that I revisit time and again for personal and/or creative inspiration, motivation and growth. One such methodology is Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. I posted about this prolific designer’s Manifesto back in June 2005, and then again in January 2006, because it resonnates so deep within me.
What is An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth? Simply put, it is a list of 43 ideas to incite change…to move one beyond simply thinking differently into doing differently. I highly suggest taking the time to read Bruce’s Manifesto…each and every idea is a golden nugget within itself, worthy of discussion and exploration.
So what does this have to do with Creating without Fear™ and specifically, fear of the unknown? Well, one of the ways we can “become true”, combat our creative fears, and grow as an artist, is by defining our creative goals, intentions and truisms. Something magical happens when we take the time to write down our principles and beliefs and place them in front of us to see every day…they not only become more ingrained in us, but we find that we are more likely to act according to them which in the big picture, helps alleviate fear and anxiety when it comes to making decisions.
Week #5 Exercise
This week’s exercise is to write your own Manifesto. A manifesto is defined as a public declaration of intentions; whether you make it public or not is up to you (mine is posted above). I do suggest displaying your Manifesto somewhere around your workspace where it is clearly visible. Whether you integrate your Manifesto with a favorite art medium or simply compose it as a list, I really encourage you to do this!!! Think of it as an opportunity to draw your own roadmap for personal creative development…
Here’s a few tips to get you started:
1. Have patience…don’t worry about compiling an entire list in one sitting; give yourself time to collect your thoughts and ruminate about what is important to you.
2. Stay open…there’s no specific number your Manifest has to have. Bruce Mau calls his manifesto “incomplete” for a reason…he believes in leaving room for growth as well as the fact that we are incomplete human beings constantly evolving and changing. I’ve started with 9; he wrote 43! Leave yourself room for adding more!
3. Look to yourself…think about the principles and truisms that motivate and define you in other areas of your life. Add personal content to your manifesto with your favorite quotes, inspirational music lyrics or meaningful literary passages.
4. Go with the flow…If you’re not sure what your goals are, no worries, they will come in time. Just don’t be surprised if they turn out to be different than what you thought they would be!
It’s to know them after we do it.”
- Bruce Mau