Day 4

See things as they really are, not as you want them to be


Welcome to day 4 of the Creative Confidence Challenge!
You’ve taken some wonderful steps in shifting your mindset and you are ready for the next step.
Today we are becoming aware of our filter.

Your entire world is shaped by your treasure-chest; your cultural background, your education, your experience, the language you use, etc.

When you start working on a project, it’s easy work with assumptions.
They might help you to build a strong foundation in the beginning.
This makes you feel strong but when someone starts asking you about facts during a presentation and you realise that you actually didn’t check it or test it, you will feel suddenly way less confident.

Next to this, assumptions are the cause of many blocks within a creative or innovative process.
Assumptions make you loose sight of everything else.
Of possibilities.
It stops you from thinking out of the box.
From discovering new things.
It blocks innovation.

Watch the video below for more guidance, and then keep reading for today’s exercise!

Practice now

Today I will ask you to become more aware of the assumptions.
Simply start with trying to notice the assumptions you have in your life or in the project you’re working on.

When you start feeling comfortable with noticing them, try questioning them.
Question the things you assume or expect to happen.

If you have a project that you’re working on right now you can make these questions very to-the-point.

Some examples:

  • Why the color red? Did I test it? Don’t people react better on orange? Or maybe even another color?
  • Why this material? Is this really user-friendly as it should be?
    Or can another, more sustainable or cheaper material also give the same effect?
  • Why this medium of communication for a presentation? Wouldn’t it be better to use more photographs? What about sounds? Maybe even a movie?

This technique is especially helpful when you’re stuck in a process or when you don’t really dare to take the next step.

It can be a bit confronting and scary at times.
But let’s give it a try today.

Tomorrow I will help you to become more at ease with this again.

Good luck. You can do this!