A Solid Starting Point
Do you find yourself claiming that you are just not the creative type? Have you already dismissed your creativity based on past experience? Are you fearful of being judged based on what you create? Well, creativity is something we all do every single day. Owning your creativity and your power to be creative is a big distinction that you'll get out of this Course.
Watch David Kelley, author of Creative Confidence, as he talks about his mission to help people develop their creative confidence and live more meaningful, rewarding lives.
Aptly named, Compass Playbook is comprised of Plays, which are hands-on practical exercises inspired by:
- Creative Problem Solving
- Mind Mapping
- Activities and Physical Movement
- Performance Training
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Creative Visualization
The key word is PRACTICAL. To be truly successful in this program, you need practical experience with the Plays. That means doing them! This is where your creativity becomes practically applied. By doing the Plays, using the resources and training in this Course, you will become a powerful director of your desired outcome and reclaim your creative confidence.
There are Plays in Compass that don't require templates such as visualizations and activities. In those cases, each Play will have sufficient instruction for you to complete the activity or visualization. However, for the ones that do, we have created templates that you can download and print for your own use. You can also replicate the template or draw from scratch in your sketchbook or journal as you work on the Plays.
When asked to write as part of a Play, you can do any type of writing that’s comfortable for you. Some prefer one-word bullet points or a simple list. Others write elaborate prose or journal-type storytelling that’s a straight stream-of-consciousness from deep within. The more honest and authentic you are, the more rewarding it is. Unexpected breakthroughs often happen hours or even days after you’ve expressed yourself through the written word.
Writing also includes scripting, either as dialog or from someone else’s point of view (POV). Feel free to use a standard dialog format of quotations, or just break each spoken word or sentence on its own line for ease of readability. Point of view refers to writing from someone else’s perspective. What would they say about you or what you want? How would they answer that question? You can write in “their voice” as you connect with how you perceive what they are thinking or what they would say.
Much of your writing and scripting will call upon your ability to imagine the outcome that you are seeking, complete with all the details you assign. It is a total party for your imagination and should be wonderfully fun and exciting.
Used in animation, commercials and movie making, this drawing process represents graphical events or scenes in linear time. Storyboarding uses a grid of squares to display pivotal segments in a time span. In Compass, storyboarding uses a six-square grid, and the drawings inside each box indicate a stage or step in a process over time, or a series of individual snapshots. Imagine a series of photos recording a birthday party. Each photo captures a different moment in time, and strung all together creates the full expression of the event.
Your storyboard drawings can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. You can do as long a storyboard as you prefer, especially if you're really enjoying a Play that uses the storyboard creative process. Or, you can do just two or three squares in your storyboard. It's up to you.
Mind mapping is a drawing process that diagrams related and connected thoughts, ideas or concepts. It is a visual way to extrapolate threaded information that is interrelated or triggered by similar thoughts, ideas or concepts. Many refer to it as a form of brain dump, where you get to mine all different aspects of the topic you are focused upon. This process also helps you further clarify and identify what it is that is either blocking your progress or waiting to inspire you. Mind mapping is a form of divergent creative problem solving, where you come up with as many related thoughts to your original thought.
This simple and profound creative process works like this: write your thought as a word or phrase in the center circle on your Mind Map template. Outside of the circle, write related or triggered thoughts and connect them with lines like branches of a tree. There are many different variations of mind maps, so feel free to explore and develop your own style.
In fact, at 00:22 in the TED video of David Kelley above, he briefly shows a mind map of his journey to creative confidence.
An activity Play involves an action or a behavior. Whether it’s re-reading positive statements to yourself before bed, changing up an aspect of your work routine to increase spontaneity, or reorganizing how your day flows, activities help reinforce the Plays and add more quality to your life. These physical behaviors also help imprint the mind with new patterns of thinking, reinforcing the power of Compass.
Another ability we learned as kids is to visualize. Our imaginations ran wild with daydreaming, imagining and visualizing make-believe adventures and activities. Compass Plays that use visualizing techniques are no different. Depending on the Play, a visualization can take place anywhere you can find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for a short period of time. Sit in a comfortable chair or lie down with your eyes closed and relax. Following the Play’s steps, create a mental image or a movie in your mind’s eye.
Visualizations are soothing for some and stimulating and exciting for others. You get to mentally experience all of the sensory inputs (smell, touch, hear, taste, see) of what you are visualizing, and it is highly satisfying. The visualizing creative process is also applicable to every Play, so feel free to do a visualization as a “bonus” step for each one. It will help reinforce and further sculpt the outcome you’re creating.
Create a folder on your computer (or some other way to organize and store your Compass Playbook Course downloads). Download and save the creative process templates above, or print them out if you plan on using them to do your Plays. If you want to learn more about these creative processes, feel free to research on your own. You will quickly see the variety of uses and applications of these powerful tools.