Recognizing creative people who do a lot of good things is best done by reading or listening to anything that they have said. In this, what will appear as a clear line of thought is openness.
Openness indicates both self-confidence and appreciation of experience. People who seek out knowledge, try new things, actively participate in conversations (either by listening or speaking) and who are drawn to positive and constructive things, are those who are able to reach their full creative potential.
People who become good at what they do, and then get stuck not able to move beyond a certain point, often directly relates to a closed mind. That happens sometimes and it is completely normal. However, when that closed mind gets too much room for play, then this affects decision after decision and idea after idea, making a stagnation in progress the only possible outcome.
Taking some time once in a month to reflect on your own ideas and decisions is the best way of recognizing the pattern of choosing other things as opposed to openness. Honesty really is key here, and although it’s not that fun to admit that an outcome from a certain meeting was minimized thanks to one’s own mindset – it’s necessary in the long run. Keep in mind that it’s human to fall into these closed thoughts, and that the best thing you can do is to work on recognizing them and then working on changing that pattern.
So how can you change it? When you have reflected on your thought pattern, and identified some points in your behavior that confirmed this way of thinking – that’s where the fun begins. Next time you find yourself falling into doing this, stop yourself and change the course of thought. This might be a little tricky at first, but soon shifts to be only fun – especially when you see that your conscious choice of words and behavior brings out the best of people around you.
Do you seek to be aware of your own thoughts, so as to quickly identify when these thoughts happen?