According to: Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.


By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.

All of us human beings have enormous, and usually untapped, reserves of creativity, of which we are unaware or habitually fail to use. Without conscious awareness of how we create, the process is hindered, is determined by old unconscious habits, is left to circumstance, and remains inactive or is abandoned altogether. Mistakes along the path of creating are like speed bumps on a road. The creating process is slowed, but rarely stopped, and often re-directed. If you don’t make small course-corrections, you will soon be off the road. Here are 16 common mistakes people make when they want to create anything new for themselves. The consequences of the errors are presented, followed by the “course corrections” (CC) needed to get back on track. These are not in order of importance.

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Mistake 1: Not programming the subconscious mind for success at creating. Our subconscious minds are usually filled with childhood beliefs, conclusions, images and habitual thought patterns. Without re-programming our subconscious minds, we usually re-create the “same old outcomes.” Course Correction (CC): In your imagination, with photographic and sensory rich clarity, regularly picture the outcome you desire to create. Practice this at least daily. Highly successful philanthropist and network marketer, Mark Yarnell, once wrote: “Successful people always concentrate on the end result, while others get stuck focusing on the process, the ‘how.’

Mistake 2: When the creative process slows, increasing mental effort. Unlike the consequences of physical effort or exertion, the more mental effort one makes, the slower the progress toward creating. CC: Still the mind and relax the body. Like the surface of a lake, when it is still, the pebble thrown into it has much more impact on what is reflected than when the surface is “busy.” When your mind is still, chosen thoughts and affirmations have much greater impact on the subconscious mind.

Mistake 3: Not altering your beliefs about yourself. Whatever we believe about ourselves filters and colors what we make manifest in external reality. For example, if we believe we are unable to play golf, the likelihood of creating a par game is greatly diminished. CC: Update your self-concept. Attend to those “seedling” qualities in you and you strengthen them and make them grow. Believe you already are who you wish to become. Act “as if” you were the person you wish to be.

Mistake 4: Counting on your “will power” to get you through the “slow times.” Will power is driven by the conscious mind. It does not have the power and energy to alter the programmed beliefs and “preponderance of data” programmed in the subconscious mind. CC: Use your will power to re-program the subconscious. Thereafter, creating what you want seems “natural” or “easy.

Mistake 5: Losing concentration or mental focus on the outcome you desire. Like a camera lens, when you are out of focus, your creation (outcome) blurs and even disappears. Then, what you print on the film of your life is also blurred or absent. CC: Put “blinders” on to distractions, detractors, interruptions, and anything else which might change your focus. Remember that “problems” are those events which occur when we lose sight of our desired outcomes.

Mistake 6: Attending to the “problems” and “difficulties” or “mistakes” rather than imagining solutions and immediately letting go of mistakes (unless you need to learn from them). That to which you attend becomes stronger...more powerful, and is what your body responds to. CC: If you want to have positive outcomes, keep your conscious mind focused on positive things, positive events, positive elements in all circumstances and events. Attending to positive elements of life makes them stronger too!

Mistake 7: Not learning to control the content of the conscious mind. The conscious mind thinks 4 times faster than we can speak. It is quick and mobile...jumping from thought to thought in singularly rapid fashion. In Zen Buddhism, this activity is referred to as “the monkey mind.” When your thinking never lands on a thought for any length of time, your conscious mind becomes very cluttered. CC: Practice “single-pointed” conscious activity. When you consciously focus your attention on a single thought, you mind becomes controlled, sharp, and manageable.

Mistake 8: Repeating the same activities while expecting different outcomes. This is one definition of insanity. All subconsciously programmed activities create the same results. Repetition of those actions, only strengthens the program. It never alters the outcomes. If you don’t like the results... CC: change the subconscious program first, then consciously change your actions to those activities which support your desired creation.

Mistake 9: Not writing down and continually revising (in writing) the multi-sensory description of your envisioned outcome. A vision unwritten is soon forgotten. Conscious memory cannot recall all the images, sensations and information with which it is bombarded. CC: Writing down your detailed description of your envisioned creation is making it permanently manifest in the external world. It will remain there, in all its detail, until forever...unless you choose to alter it! Re-writing your creation strengthens the subconscious program, repeatedly manifests your creation and influences you to remain focused.

Mistake 10: Not having a definite, written plan. Without a created plan of time and action, you become a “wandering generality.” You remain reactive to circumstance and victim of old programming. It’s like walking through the woods without a map or compass. You may walk a lot (old programmed activity), but never arrive at your desired destination. CC: Always put in writing your long-term outcomes, your medium range signposts, your short-range objectives, and your daily actions. Make certain they are all supportive of your moving in your desired direction and attaining your envisioned outcome. Use your “goal map” to guide your daily actions.

Mistake 11: Fear of risk or of trying new things. Without risking new thoughts, new emotions and new behaviors, you never consciously control your changes. You will always be “defending” against your fear. Unnecessary defenses may lessen the fear, but they also imprison you in the familiar status quo (your comfort zone). CC: Decide to have at least one new experience per week. Then plan on having one new experience every day. With each new experience you survive and/or enjoy, you lessen your fear. Engage in all activities you fear that you consciously (intellectually) know are not dangerous.

Mistake 12: Fear of failure. You were not born with a fear of failure. You had to be taught what “failure” was and taught how to be afraid of it. When you fear failure, you become paralyzed. You take no action. You never consciously create anything. CC: Shift your mind-set (perceptual paradigm) to: “No matter what the outcome, I am always safe.” Think about it! If events don’t kill you, you will survive and continue to be alive. As long as you are alive, you are safe! Besides, 97% of those things we fear, never occur. Learn to focus your mind on probabilities, not possibilities. “Failure” is a concept living only in your mind. Change your mind-set and “failure” becomes impossible.

Mistake 13: Failure to write down long-term, medium-range and short-term goals. These serve as milestones on your creating path. Until you have written down your goals, they are not goals, merely mental wishes. CC: Convert wishes to objectives through making them manifest at least once by writing them down. Refer to Mistake 10.

Mistake 14: Lack of desire to experience the benefits of your creation. Lack of awareness of such benefits. We are always skilled at anticipating possible “malefits.” It is a necessary part of our survival skills. Most of us have no desire to experience “malefits.” Therefore, we have no energy available to create them. CC: Keep in your imagination the benefits when your creation is complete and manifested. Future benefits compared to present conditions, gives rise to desire. When desire is born, energy becomes available to move you toward creating your envisioned outcome.

Mistake 15: Failure to analyze where your are now, your current situation. Avoiding knowledge of the obstacles you will overcome or detours you find appealing. Not know how you might sabotage the creating process. Without awareness of old habits, subconscious programs, and possible hindrances, your creating becomes slowed, side-tracked or even defeated. CC: Awareness and analysis of your current situation (what already exists), creates a gap between what exists now and what you desire to create. That differential (gap) generates emotional energy to empower you to create whatever you want!

Mistake 16: Responding to the gap between what exists now and what you want to create with the childhood habits, archaic subconscious programs and reactivity. When you do this, you create the same old results...of(f)course! CC: Use your “gap-created” emotional energy to move you toward taking those actions supportive of your creation. Pain is a more powerful motivator than pleasure.