Stick Figures Encouraged

Stick Figures Encouraged!

Where's the Kid in You?

When was the last time you doodled? Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't get enough crayons or coloring books? Or were you the one who got in trouble for doodling on your bedroom wall? Oh, and then SCHOOL came around and you had to learn how to draw properly and write legibly. And then they taught you the dreaded CURSIVE! OH NO! Before long, the fun of doodling, coloring, drawing and being creative was trained out of you.

But things are different now. Today, sketching, creativity, brainstorming and yes, even doodling, are back in style. In fact, creativity and doodling are becoming sought after skills in the largest (and sometimes stiffest) corporate environments. Even at Google.

Doodling Is Cool

Just look at Google Doodles - they've created a plethora of unique animated entertainment to draw attention to significant world events in celebration. So, if Google can make doodles cool, why can't you?

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Draw With Wild Abandon

With Compass Playbook, you are given full permission and total freedom to doodle, sketch, draw, write, list, tell stories and imagine a world filled with possibility. With fun. With joy and with passion. You are encouraged to draw what’s in your heart. Be fully self-expressed and enjoy playing. The more childlike and loose you are, the more profound your realizations will be. And, you will more readily connect with your inner creative muse if you approach creativity like you did when you were a kid.

Open Your Mind

The act of drawing even the simplest, rudimentary image stimulates areas of the brain that connect you to your higher mind and allow you to really see. It is an act of true creation: bringing forth that which was not before. It helps you define and clarify the details of what you desire, which helps you create a stronger, lifelike focus that attracts the perfect resources and inspires you to action. The best way to approach doodling and drawing is with an open mind. Tell your inner critic to take a break during your time drawing. It is a private time for you to create, reflect, and engage your innermost desires. What you create is precious!

Tell that nagging voice (which is likely from a past experience where someone criticized your creativity) to take a hike and get back to your creation. It's all about you expressing yourself the way you did when you were five. And yes, you have permission. Go doodle!

 

Practice

This Play is all about taking a look at what you currently believe about your ability to draw. It will help you see that what you believe now about your drawing ability is likely tied to a past experience where someone demeaned or judged your drawing ability and it made you have a negative feeling. This is a very common experience for us as we are enculturated through school and society and our natural creative ability is beat down by those around us.

  1. Write about the first memories you have of being creative, of doodling, of drawing and exploring your creativity. Keep it positive and only include the memories where you experienced enjoyment and pleasure (positive emotions).
  2. Think about the people who influenced your creativity as you grew up. Your parents, teachers, friends, popular artists, movies, television, books. Create a list of those influences.
  3. Now that you're more present to the past experiences you have had around creativity, make a list of the beliefs you currently hold around creativity and your ability to draw. List them quickly and don't give them too much thought, just note what comes to mind.
  4. Looking over your list of beliefs around your creative ability (step 3), create a new list of things you could think instead. For example, if your belief is, "I can't draw a straight line (cliché, but a belief held by many)," you could choose to believe instead, "I can draw a line, a circle, a square and a triangle. In fact, I can draw quite a bit. I can also have fun doodling because no one is judging my drawing ability and it doesn't matter what it looks like. I just like drawing and it feels good to doodle!"
  5. Go doodle, draw, sketch, cartoon and have fun! And for a giggle, here's a video on how to draw a straight line. Yes. Jeffrey Sama created this instructional video about drawing a straight line. :-) See? Even emoticons are drawings!
 

 

Terry Pappy is CEO of Better3, creator of Compass Playbook and author of award-winning books on creativity. What she says about Compass: "It's a fun resource that helps people achieve their dreams using creativity—simply by telling a new story." Terry uses humor and straight-talk to inspire breakthroughs in creativity for audiences around the globe.