One of the more interesting ideas in the Creative Process approach is what Robert Fritz calls the Creator Moment of Truth.
The Creator Moment of Truth involves asking and answering these questions:
- What’s the difference between what I expected and what I delivered?
- What accounted for the difference? This is not only the specific steps but assumptions I made at the beginning of the process.
- Create a plan for going forward. If I made assumptions that turned out false, what will change? Were there any patterns or habits that I want to continue to correct?
- How can I make sure I follow through on #3?
1. Expected and Actual Outcomes
My goal was to create a blog I could use to write about my experience learning and applying a class I’m taking. The class, created by Robert, Rosalind, and Ivan Fritz, is called Creating Your Life. The idea of the class is that the process artists use to create works of art can be applied to create anything you want in life.
I gave myself 2-weeks to create the blog and write my first post.
It took me less than 2-weeks to do this.
2. Reason for the difference?
I completed the project faster than projected because I made the decision to be content with “good enough.”
I’m a perfectionist and I can be obsessive when it comes to making something look the way I imagine it could be.
For example, I’ve started quite a few blogs and where always get bogged down is in the “look and feel,” stage.
Setting up a blog in WordPress is very easy. But getting that blog to look exactly like the blog of your dreams is a whole different thing. Although WordPress offers lots of free themes (the theme controls the way the type looks, how images show up, etc) and most of those themes provide all the components you need for a presentable blog, I find there’s always a lot of adjustments I want.
Using this blog as an example, I’d prefer that the headings be smaller, lighter, and less “in your face.” That my own style preference.
In the past I would have spent hours running down rabbit holes trying to fix the look and feel of these blog theme. This time, I decided to let it go and if I want to, I can make those changes in the future.
Similarly, the header (the image and title of this blog) isn’t what I envisioned. It’s not as refined as I wanted it to be. However, it does the job for now.
3. Create a plan for going forward
There are two options I’m considering for subsequent blogs.
- Invest time into becoming more proficient with a graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This would enable me to create more heading options to choose from.
- Hire a graphic designer to create the heading and customize the theme. I’ve done this in the past and it worked out very well. This is my prefered way to go. To do this, I need a budget so I can hire a good designer. This is an element to include in future blog development projects.
4. How will I ensure I follow through on #3?
Right now I’m not quite sure but I have some ideas to looking into:
- Brainstorm ways to fund my blogs so that I can pay a designer.
- Brainstorm ways to involved a designer and compensate them in ways other than cash payment.
I strongly prefer to pay people in cash. Non-cash compensation can work but only under special circumstances because both I and the designer need to feel we were fairly rewarded.
One more thing…
I realized that I feel slightly uncomfortable coming out a few days ahead of schedule. I think I’m trying to come up with more reasons for why this happened and one of the things coming up is “your created something crappy and didn’t do enough to make it better.”
This is one the songs on the “Perfectionist Top 40.”
An advantage of this process is because I’m doing a daily, or near daily, project assessment, I’m continually tracking my position relative to my goal and this includes decisions I’m making. For this reason, I know the decisions I made were sound ones at the time and this reassures me that, no, what I created was intentional.