Monday, June 4, 2012

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Mind

To Many People are Stopped by What is in Their Head

by Doc Harvard Social Media Doctor
Founder of 42wd Publishing

Your head is your enemy but your mind is your friend. Too many people have stopped themselves from being creative because they listened to all the negative in their head instead of listening to the imagination that lives in their mind.

As 42wd Publishing's primary focus is on creating opportunities for creatives [ authors, writers, poets, artists, comic artists, musicians, etc. ] I talk to a lot of folks starting out and, unfortunately, one of the most common things I hear is something like the following:

I don't think I could ever do that.

Of course you can't. Why? Because you don't think you can. That's your head talking.

When Your Head Talks

When it comes to being creative stop listening to your head. That's right. You're head is going to stop you from doing what you just might be capable of.

Think of it this way, your head is the part of you that has been programmed by school, by society, by the government, by those people that are jealous of you, by your family and friends; and, unless you've been extremely lucky, most of them have no clue what the mind of a creative person has in it. All of this programming has, at it's center, the goal of teaching you to accept the status quo and being a good little cog in the machine. This just isn't the typical mindset of a creative person.

Creative people tend to be more about getting rid of the metaphorical box completely. We don't fit into the normal world. So when your head is talking don't listen.

When Your Mind Talks

When your mind talks that's when you should listen. This is where our imagination lives. All those fears you have about being creative come from here. These fears are created here because you're listening to your head. Your mind is using your imagination to make true what your head is telling you. Stop listening to your head and your mind will stop fabricating these fears.

Here's the thing, being creative isn't about doing what someone else tells you. Yes, you can listen to other people and possibly be inspired but you don't have to do what they say.

I'll use myself as an example.

When I was growing up I was always told that you couldn't make a living being creative. When I was getting my education I was told I should go into a safe job market. I listened for a long time and I was miserable. Eventually I stopped listening to my head because I was listening to what other people had put there and started listening to my mind and my imagination. My mind told me I could make a living being creative and my imagination showed me how. Now I not only make a living being creative but have founded a publishing company that is providing / creating opportunities for other creatives.

You may not be able to make a living being creative. It happens. What you can do is be creative for the pleasure of being creative. When I started not listening to my head I didn't set out with the goal of being creative for profit. [ That opens up a whole different can of worms. ] I set out to be creative for the joy of creativity and figured out a way to make a living at it.

Being Creative for the Joy of Being Creative

Your head will tell you that you need to make money at being creative. You don't have to. Your mind and imagination can be creative for the simple joy of being creative. To experience the joy of being creative you don't have to be good at it, you just have to not be afraid to do it. This also means not being overly critical of your creation. Yes, it's ok to identify where improvements can be made and go learn how to make those improvements. Not, it's not ok to give up being creative because the first round turned out bad. My first clay sculpture looked awesome, until it fell in on itself. Then it resembled a pile of thick mud. I went out and learned how to fix my mistakes and did it again.

Here's a list [ you knew it was coming ] to help start ignoring your head and listening to your mind so your imagination can get free:

  • Has someone told me I can't do it because I'm creative?
    • Yes, then that's the perfect reason to do it.
    • No, then there's no reason not to do it.
  • Am I worried about what everyone else is going to think?
    • Yes, do it anyway.
    • No, then there's no reason not to do it.
  • Is the world going to end if I create something?
    • Yes, then do it and go out with a bang.
    • No, then there's no reason not to do it.
  • Is this a silly list?
    • Yes, then go out and create a not silly list about the things you've created
      • Haven't created something? Then go create stuff.
    • No, then it's good advice so go create something.
I know the list got silly but it did so for a reason. Listening to other people tell you that you can't be creative is silly. Don't be silly. Go create something. If you're good at it that's spiffy. If you're not then just enjoy the process.

Only by exercising our imaginations can our creativity grow. Only by our creativity growing can we live life to its fullest.

42wd Publishing is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes. [ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]

Doc Harvard is the founder of 42wd Publishing and a social media doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.


  1. Good information there. I do deal with people who think that they can not doing something, the list reasons people is a long one, I try to show and enplane those lies that they tell themselves and that other people too tell them. Too many people will give lip service of support but the actions say something different.

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    Unfortunately, like you said, to many people do give lip service; but, when it's time to offer up support or get down to business they're no where to be found and their negativity lives on in your head.