Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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Imagination, Knowledge, and Anxiety

October 14, 2014

Tags: imagination, knowledge, anxiety, expert, novice, experience, creative tension

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
~Albert Einstein

Last post we talked about the importance of imagination in manifesting your dreams. If you canít dream it, you canít make it happen. This week, I want to talk about following up with knowledge. Many people get stuck in the creative process when they donít know how to proceed with the next step. Almost every community has adult education classes offered at various times throughout the year. You might even arrange an apprenticeship with a local artist or businesswoman to help you increase your knowledge. Then thereís always the local library Ė a storehouse of how-to books and instruction.

Imagination may be more important than knowledge, but you canít make your dreams happen if you donít know how to craft the details. Even though it can take more time initially to learn a skill, once you have mastered it through repeated practice, you can produce items more quickly. Anxiety has an interesting relationship with the level of skill you have developed as well. When you are first learning a skill, your level of anxiety is probably higher than when you have developed a sense of confidence in your ability to play the piano or pitch a good curve ball. Donít let that level of high anxiety prevent you from manifesting your dreams.

Push through the initial uncertainty and you will find that that same anxiety will help you perform better after you have developed your skills. There is an inverse relationship between anxiety and skill level. Initially, your anxiety is high while skill level is lower and later the anxiety is lower when you are more proficient. Like most things in life, it is a process. Even though Einstein suggested that imagination is more important than knowledge, there is a close relationship between the two in your own creative process. Balancing that tension is critical to your ability to create.

Enjoy!