Kolbe® Creative Process

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Kolbe Creative Process
The Kolbe Creative Process explains the interactions of the three parts of the mind in producing and creating. This process is the path that integrates otherwise separate elements of the mind's capacity: the abilities to act with motivation, determination, and reason.

Motivation
Motivation is the first essential ingredient in the Creative Process. Motivation is the catalyst for creative power, much as turning on a car's engine.

Motivations act as "on" switches for your achievements. They spark the energy that comes from your Striving Instincts, the limited, but rechargeable force of your creative power. Without Motivation as a starting mechanism, the striving resources of the mind will simply languish as unused potential. With motivation, Striving Instincts can propel all of us toward our many goals.

Motivations are defined as:

values
social style
personality
beliefs
attitudes
desires
preferences
interests
emotions

Without target Motivation, nothing happens. Important aspects of your affective individuality are comprised in your motivation for taking action.

Striving Instincts
Each of us gets energy from our Striving Instincts. Instinctive urges are like units of fuel that add specific character to our energy.

No matter how far you try to go or what direction you take, instinctive energy will help you arrive at your destination. And it will do so within certain parameters. If you try to go faster than your instincts allow, you will exhaust your resources and experience mental fatigue. If you are motivated to act contrary to your natural abilities, you'll be frustrated and operate with undue stress.

Striving Instincts are defined as:

drive
talents
universal
urges
necessities
unchanging
innate power
mental energy

Getting where you want to go is possible with the equipment given, but you must learn how to operate it effectively.

Will
The third element of the Creative Process is your Will, the transmission that links your instinct-based power with your actions. This is the point where you take control over the level of effort you apply to particular acts. You have the choice - or the free will - to allocate your instinctive powers with varying degrees of self-determination.

Will is defined as:

self-determination
attempt
level of effort
intention
commitment
The Will focuses the subconscious force of instincts, assigns it and then transmits it into conscious effort. Much like the gears for your car's transmission, the will controls the amount of available power you use at different times.

There are three Levels of Effort you can assign to any action; these determine the amount of instinctive energy you give an action.

Commitment is the highest level, causing you to focus energy on assigned tasks.

Attempt is the second level, where you try to accomplish a goal, but you don't use your full capabilities.

Intention is the third level, which implies minimal effort.

Show me how to use commitment triangle!

The levels are clearly defined in the example where people intend to call you, attempt to call you, or commit to a time to call you.

Each of us has control over the Level of Effort we give to an activity that engages our instincts. It's up to each individual to make the commitment to do something, or delegate the task to someone else. You have to make choices because there is a limit to your instinctive energy or fuel. At this stage, reason steps in to play an important role.

Reason
Reason, or thought, is an integral part of the Creative Process. Reason intrudes as a warning sign. Ignoring your skills, experience and wisdom would be like not paying attention to hazard signs along the road.

If you didn't use reason in the Creative Process, you would strive in illogical ways. This would deplete your energy and diminish your results.

Reason is defined as:

education
thought process
knowledge
intelligence
skills
life experience
training
job experience

The Creative Process, unlike a creative event, can benefit from being stopped mid-course often at the point of reason, because we're smart enough to reject potentially negative results and put on the brakes rather than move further.

Reason is the critical point where editing occurs and keeps us from putting too much energy into misguided efforts. The process can be regenerated with more suitable results.

Conative Actions
The first four elements of the Creative Process result in observable behavior, the conative actions which represent our talents.

Action Modes are defined as:

observable results
necessities
method of operation (MO)
talent
mental energy
A person's conative talent is the observable part of the process. From its characteristics we can make assumptions about the power source and how well it is being utilized. Some people get maximum mileage out of their creative capabilities, and others drive them into the ground. Those who understand how their minds operate are the ones who will most likely reach their destinations.

Summary
If we only had our Striving Instincts to guide our Motivations, we would be boxed into ways of creating that were imprinted at birth. Our instincts would be oppressive forces. But our Will tempered by our Reason gives us choices in how we use our instinctive energy. With that freedom we have no fear of tapping the innate power within us.