The Creative Process

The Creative Process


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Today, we’re going to talk about the creative process for those intending to be true creators. The creative process is about solving the problem of losing motivation in life and can unlock the immense potential within you.

The creative process is a fascinating concept that Robert Fritz’s book, The Path of Least Resistance, addresses. It talks very much about two orientations in life - the reactionary orientation and the creator orientation, which I highly recommend to anyone looking to tap into their inner creativity.

It’s actually the best book I’ve found that goes in depth on the topic. So, if you need to understand how motivation works, this book is your best bet. Just make sure you grasp the entire concept as you read.

What Reactionary and Creator Orientation means

Now, you might wonder what exactly these orientations mean. Well, the reactionary orientation is when we react to the surrounding circumstances, trying to avoid pain and discomfort. Sometimes, it happens in marriage, in your career, or even in other areas of life. It just seems like you don’t have a clear direction or purpose, like you’re going around in circles.

Meanwhile, the creator's orientation is when we actively create and shape our lives according to our vision and goals. You have vision and you’re following through to see it come to fruition. So, in life, you either react or create.

Are you a reactor, always avoiding discomfort and pain? You just can’t afford to stress it out or go all out. Many people are like this, and it’s the entire story of their life. This character defines their being. If you’re stuck in reactionary mode, then it’s not a good thing because it renders you powerless. You need to rethink things starting today.

Benefits of the creative mentality

Thankfully, there’s the creator mentality. It’s the right type of mindset to adopt if you want to tap into your inner creativity and become a true creator. But you have to understand the creative process first. When you do that, then you’ve started the first step toward taking over control of your life and shaping it to become the life you want to live.

With this mentality, you can bring any vision to life, whether it’s in business, relationships, arts, finance, or any other thing that makes life worth living. What matters is that you’re working hard at it, with the much-needed intention and purpose.

The difference between creative and reactive people

Then again, Most people are in reactionary mode, constantly reacting to circumstances and feeling powerless. These sets of people do nothing but react to their environment, the economy, and just about everything under the sun.

If you’re just a reactor, you’re on the verge of losing grip on your life and are sabotaging yourself in unimaginable ways without even realizing it. Let’s say you encounter an issue. Instead of addressing it head-on, you criticize yourself and say insane things such as I’ll never be able to solve my problem, or I’ll never be able to get out of this mess. So, at this point, you’re your own worst enemy, because you don’t even have the slightest positivity.

With these negative thoughts comes failure and utter defeat. But with the creator mentality, everything is different. You have vision and you’re bent on seeing it come alive and nothing is stopping you. There’s absolutely nothing that can deter you. You have a positive inner dialogue that encourages you to keep going and never give up.

Now, which do you prefer between the reactive and creative mentality? I’m guessing it’s the creator mentality you have in mind. Well, before achieving that, you need to break free from self-sabotage and say enough is enough. I want my life back, and I’m ready to take control. I’m ready to stick up for myself and realize my dreams.

Negative motivation and the yo-yo effect

Let’s talk about negative motivation for a moment. Negative motivation is when you’re using every avenue to avoid pain or discomfort by taking momentary action. Let’s say you want to look trim and you think of going to the gym and eating healthier. But what’s the reason behind this motivation? There has to be a reason. Is it because you genuinely want to go to the gym, eat healthier, and maintain your health? Or is it because you dislike your looks?

If it’s the latter, then you’re negatively motivated. Often, this negative motivation can be powerful in the short term, but not in the long run. In the long term, it’s not sustainable. You’ll end up in a Yo-Yo effect, where you go back and forth between achieving your goals and falling back into old habits.

The Yo-Yo effect is not your fault, and it’s no coincidence. It’s just a natural result of negative motivation. Trying to avoid pain or discomfort only motivates you for a short while, but with time, you slip back into old habits because you’re no longer feeling that pain or discomfort. Because you’ve achieved a momentary result and you feel okay, then there’s no point in going further.

Let’s take, for example, that you don’t like your looks, so you decide to go on a crash diet to lose the excess weight. A week later, you realize some of that weight is gone. You’re happy with yourself, and you love what you see in the mirror. So you skip your diet and later come to an abrupt stop only to gain all your weight back later, and even more because you returned to your previous eating habits.

Imagine also that you decide to go on a juice cleanse to lose weight for an upcoming event. So you reduce every calorie intake and lose significant weight in a short period. But once the event finishes, you lose motivation and start skipping days. You return to your old eating habits little by little and regain the weight, and sometimes even more.

You may see some initial results from whatever routine, but once you stop, you may or will lose your progress and fitness level, and have to start all over again when you decide to exercise all over again. This pattern of starting and stopping can be challenging to achieve long-term goals and may even result in frustrated feelings. All these keep happening because you’re motivated by the wrong reasons.

That is why you need a creator mentality. A mentality that allows you to recognize your life vision and work towards it. A mindset positively motivating, that you’re not trying to avoid anything. You are working hard and not relenting towards something you want because you can. This type of motivation is sustainable and outlasts any other. Following this mentality will help you achieve your goals in the long term, whether it’s in your career, relationship, fitness, or finance.

How negative motivation works

So, instead of sticking to the reactionary mentality, always reacting to circumstances and feeling helpless, start thinking like a creator. Create a vision for your life and put in the work. As you do this, you’ll have a newfound sense of purpose and motivation, and achieve things you never thought possible.

I understand that sometimes the problem is not with you, it’s with the structure you’re using. You’re stuck in a reactive mindset, which causes the Yo-Yo effect in your life. Let me tell you how it works. Say you look in the mirror and feel unhappy with what you see. You’ve gained weight and feel out of shape. This creates a negative motivation, driving you to hit the gym. You go to the gym, and before long, you lose weight and are now regaining your confidence.

Now, you’re beginning to look good and love what you see in the mirror. A few weeks later, you see more progress, and your motivation drops because the pain and discomfort aren’t as intense. Now, you’re convinced you gave it your best shot this time around. Because you’re now in good shape and look good in the mirror, you skip gym days all over again because you’re no longer in pain or discomfort. So you have no reason to keep going to the gym.

But here’s the catch. The closer you get to your goal, the less motivation you have. That’s why you skip days at the gym and indulge in unhealthy eating habits. That’s why you tell yourself — I look alright now, so I can afford to skip a few days. But the problem is, this creates a vicious cycle that leads you right back to where you started. It’s not a sustainable lifestyle.

You’re just stuck in a cycle of negative motivation, causing you to experience a Yo-Yo effect. The only thing that motivates you is the discomfort and pain you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror and don’t like what you see. Then, you compel yourself to go to the gym, even though you don’t enjoy it. As you see results, you become less motivated because the pain and discomfort lessened. You skip days at the gym, make unhealthy food choices, and end up regaining weight over and over. This leads you back to feeling uncomfortable and unhappy, and the cycle repeats.

How to be a creator instead of a reactor

Be a creator instead of a reactor. It’s time for you to break out of this cycle and switch to a positive motivation mindset. Instead of focusing on the discomfort and pain, focus on being a creator. You need to be positively motivated. Positive motivation is about creating a vision for yourself that inspires and motivates you. It’s about feeling excited about what you can achieve, not avoiding what you don’t want.

So, start by envisioning the healthy, fit, and strong person you want to become. Focus on what you want to achieve and the positive effect it will have on your life. Then you will have the motivation and energy to take consistent action toward your goals. And the best part? You’ll sustain this motivation long-term, without experiencing the Yo-Yo effect.

Shift your mindset from reactive to proactive

Focus on positive motivations rather than negative ones. Instead of working out to avoid being overweight, do it because you want to be healthy and feel great.

Know what you want, and let it be for genuine reasons.

If you ask most people what they want, they struggle to answer the question. They say a lot of things they don’t want. Perhaps they want a well-paying job, they want freedom; they don’t want to be poor; they want balance, or they want to travel the world. For them, it’s all about their pain and nothing more. You should be able to articulate your goals and the reasons behind them. With that, you can maintain your motivation and focus, even when the going gets rough.

Positive motivation can only come from being a creator, not a reactor. When you’re a creator, you’re working towards something you want, not running away from your fears. This shift in mindset will transform the way you approach your goals and make it easier to commit in the long run. So, figure out what you want and why you want it. That, right there, is the first step in creating the life of your dreams.

Stop focusing on the wrong things.

Some people focus on the wrong things, anyway. But focusing on what you don’t want in life makes you react to the pain and discomfort you experience. This negative mindset has a way of preventing people from achieving anything significant. So focus on the positive things you can accomplish instead of just avoiding the negative.

Focus on the steps you can take to reach your goals.

The only thing a negative mindset does is create a Yo-Yo effect, which drains you emotionally. It creates internal tension and guilt because you keep going in circles and not achieving anything worthwhile. Instead of beating yourself up for what you don’t have or haven’t achieved, focus on the steps you can take to get there. Take action towards your goals and enjoy the journey. But also remember that life is a roller coaster ride, and only you can control how you ride it.

If you want to accomplish big things in life, look for any way possible to change your mindset. Work on your mentality. Stop focusing on what you don’t want and start focusing on what you want. Stop allowing the Yo-Yo effect to drain your psyche and prevent you from reaching your full potential.

Stop trying to avoid the things causing you pain and discomfort.

Avoiding them only creates more pain and discomfort. Even when you should do things that will benefit you, you don’t, because it’s uncomfortable. Then you continue feeling pain from doing nothing about your situation. With this mindset, you can’t get results. You’ll just end up sabotaging yourself. It’s a negative cycle that is unfulfilling, and you can’t achieve excellent results if you continue like that.

How to break out of negative cycles

So, how can you break out of this cycle?

First, you need to recognize where you’re being reactive and start focusing on creativity.

Rather than avoiding the things you don’t want, start pursuing the things you want. Shift your focus away from the negative and towards the positive.

Nothing extraordinary is possible through avoidance. You cannot achieve anything meaningful or become a household name by avoiding the important things necessary to get to the top. You just can’t. Nobody becomes by avoiding stuff. You’ll only be deceiving yourself while remaining stuck in a rut.

Nobody becomes a President by avoiding the pathway leading up to the presidency. No one can become Elon Musk by mere wishful thinking. You can’t also become a world-class act by avoiding stuff. You’d have to put in the work. Rather, you always have to show up and make things happen. Whoever wants greatness needs to embrace the challenges that come with it. You can’t avoid your way to becoming successful. It’s impossible. Think about it. You can’t become notable by avoiding challenges.

Know your why

If you’ve ever followed the stories of people at the top, you’ll notice that what they have in common is their vision and their why. They always have a positive motivation for whatever thing they set out to achieve. They always know it won't be easy, that it won't be a straight road, yet they proceed. That says a lot. Sometimes, they stumble and fall, yet they get back up and keep re-strategizing. They stay true to their positive vision to become the big names we hear about today, whether Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and many others.

Today, ask yourself what you really want to achieve in life. Think of the steps to achieve those goals. Remove fear and discomfort and let nothing hold you back from your potential. Whatever challenges surface, embrace them and start creating the life of your dreams.

Stop playing the avoidance game

For real, greatness can only be far from you if you continue to play the avoidance game. People who have become world-class engineers, successful entrepreneurs, and inspiring leaders like Gandhi did not achieve their goals by avoiding their problems. They didn’t fold their hands and did nothing. Instead, they share a positive vision of what they wanted to create and their reasons for doing it.

Let me tell you what happens when you avoid pain and discomfort. You’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re only focusing on finding the easiest way to get pleasure, which leads to a life of comfort but no real fulfillment. Maybe, later in your life, you may end up in a pleasant apartment, a comfortable relationship, a cozy couch or bed, watching endless new Netflix releases, and feeding fat. That might be where you’ll find yourself.

What happens when you avoid pain and discomfort

Who knows? You could end up living a life where you depend on others to give you the life you want. You’ll just simply exist instead of living up to your full potential. The reason for all this is that you’ve spent your whole life avoiding the pain and discomfort necessary to arrive at your dream life. Your dream life would have been about doing outstanding work, pushing your limits, and achieving noteworthy objectives, but here you are.

I know it’s not as simple as it sounds. But the reward at the end far exceeds all the problems anyone will encounter in their creative journey. Consider those whose names ring a bell. They were and are all creatives. Whether scientists, businessmen, or artists, they were all creators. Either of them set out to create something or to solve a problem. That’s why the Yo-Yo effect had nothing on them. So, they accomplished their goals and got the snowball effect.

How to focus on creating and achieve fulfillment

I want you to recognize that avoiding challenges and discomfort might feel good at the moment, but can lead to stagnation and unhappiness. Instead of avoiding challenges, embrace them. Pursue your passions, take risks, and don’t be afraid to fail. It’s through difficulties that you learn, grow, and find fulfillment. Don’t waste your life in a comfortable yet miserable state of avoidance. Get out there and live your best life.

When you focus on creating, you don’t fall prey to the Yo-Yo effect. Instead, every step you take brings you closer to your vision and expands it even further. As you make progress, your desire to achieve even more grows, creating a snowball effect. Before you know it, you’ll build up momentum and reap the rewards in unimaginable ways.

Those who, against all odds, lay a good foundation for their growth experience this sort of snowball effect. At a point, they no longer need to go too hard, because their work has gained speed, and their reward has become immense. My advice to you is to focus on creating. Set a vision for yourself and work hard to achieve it, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone. Embrace challenges and keep pushing yourself forward. Before you know it, you’ll build up an unstoppable momentum, and that’s when the real magic happens.

Then, you can be like any of the greatest achievers in history who were all creators, driven by their desire to create something new and extraordinary. It’s just so powerful being a creator, because every step you take toward your vision brings you closer to accomplishing it. As you work harder, your vision expands, and the more you accomplish, the more you want to accomplish. Then this creates a snowball effect that propels you toward greater and greater achievements.


From my experience and that of many others, I know that the moment you get that snowball rolling; you feel fulfilled and have more rewarding experiences in life. It makes you crave more, and want to push even harder to achieve your goals. As a creator, you keep thinking about what grander and bigger things you can build, and you’re not satisfied with lying around and doing mediocre things.

So, I want to encourage you to make a bold choice right now - a choice of being. You should be a creator, not just a person who creates things. Be an actual and genuine creator. Making this choice will change what you think about yourself and your life. You will start seeing the positive aspects of being a creator and the long-term potential of this choice.

But please, don’t choose to be a creator for the wrong reasons. Don’t do it because others are doing it or for financial gains. Have a positive reason for deciding to become a creator, not a negative reason. Choose to be a creator because you see the positives of it. You want to create something amazing, something that makes a difference in the world.

As you become a creator instead of a reactor right now. Commit to it, create your vision, and find positive reasons to pursue it. Don’t avoid pain or discomfort anymore because you want to be a person of substance and not someone who runs away from their fears. You want a life that’s fulfilling and meaningful, and you want to make a difference in the world.

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Isak Vidinghoff is a Strategic Life Coach and Content Creator. He communicates personal development strategies to help people find purpose and meaning to live their fullest potential in life.

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