Creative Minds

Quality 5 of the Creative Mind: High Tolerance for Uncertainty

Posted on: February 2, 2009

In order to have a high tolerance for uncertainty you have to be able to accept and endure things you dislike or disagree with in a neutral and open way. A low tolerance for uncertainty might be expressed in denial or creating your own certainty (which might not accurately reflect reality). Both of the last two coping meganisms are likely to result in confusion, lack of confidence, doubt and anxiety, to name just a few, none of which are not conducive to creativity.

A high tolerance for uncertainty will enable a creative person to experiment more and take more risks. The result might well be more mistakes, but also considerably more successes and knowledge. Creatives who can tolerate high levels of uncertainty will be more creative and productive simply because their thoughts are focused on their creativity and not on anxiety, confusion and doubt.

Better communication and mindfulness can increase your tolerance for uncertainty. Better communication with others and yourself will decrease anxiety, confusion and doubt, and increase confidence, all of which are beneficial for sustained creativity.

Mindfulness is the act of observing your own thoughts, accepting them and refraining from judging them. Mindfulness will help you to become aware of thoughts and feelings that bother you. You are then in the informed position to take whatever action is necessary to resolve those thoughts and feelings.

Does your level of tolerance for uncertainty limit your creativity? Do you need to be more mindfull? Is there any action you can take to decrease your anxiety? What actions can you take to increase your tolerance for uncertainty?

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