Creating and Robert Fritz

Problem solving is not creating.

Robert Fritz has developed a quite different approach, believing that you need to change your view of the world from one of problem solving to one of creating [C-23, C-24]. When you are solving a problem, you are taking action to have something go away: the problem. When you are creating, you are taking action to have something come into being: the creation. However, this relies on having a desire to create and a vision of what you want to create. The power of this vision is in identifying your current concerns and problems, and recognizing that you cannot solve them from your current reality, which allows you to create the future you want.

There are five common steps in the creative process, which are guidelines for creating your desired future. These guidelines are for use with the individual, but can then be developed to share visions within teams or even across whole organisations.

1. Conceive the result you want to create

Have an idea of what you want to create. If you could have exactly the result you want, what would that result look like? Write this in the present tense, as if you already have it.

2. Know what currently exists

Look closely at what currently exists in your situation. What does the situation look like? How are you and other people behaving in this situation? How long has this situation persisted? What have you and other people done to change the situation, and what has happened? Be careful not to spend too much time on this. It can be easy to talk yourself out of taking any action.

3. Take action

Because you now know what you want to create, opportunities begin to present themselves. Take advantage of these opportunities. Take action. One caution that Fritz states is that "some of the actions you take will help you move directly to the result you want, but most will not. The art of creating is often found in your ability to adjust or correct what you have done so far." Be prepared to take many actions to reach your desired result. Be prepared to learn from your actions and to adjust your next action, based on what you have learned. Always keep a clear picture of the result that you want to create, and don't give up.

4. Learn the rhythms of the creative process

These are germination, assimilation, completion. At first you'll be excited. Then you'll notice that the thrill is gone. This is when you need to focus on your result, and take action towards that result. Eventually, you will have created your desired result.

182 | 7 Creativity and the Nurturing of Innovation 5. Create momentum

Don't stop now. You get better at creating only by continuing to create. The more you create your desired results, the easier it becomes to create the next result. Fritz uses Mozart as an example of creating momentum. "The more music he wrote, the more he was able to write."

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