On Creative Tension

You are here. You want to be there. 

What stands between you and where you want to be is time, patience, work and creative tension. 

This applies to people, teams and organizations. 

Creative tension = an emotion. 

I have a great idea I want to go to market… but I cannot find funding. Our team has set a large goal for next quarter… but we lack a sense of direction on how to get there. Our organization is working to make a strategy shift… but with the size and complexity of the organization it seems nearly impossibly. 

Creative tension.

On a personal level, I want to lose weight but cannot get over my fascination with carbs. This makes me anxious. I will not hit my goal. 

Creative tension.

Creative tension is the emotion (or emotions) created inside of us when we realize the price we will need to pay to get to where we want to go as a person, as a team, as an organization. 

Yet, as human beings, we do everything we can to resist any amount of tension in our lives. 

Tension causes anxiety. Who wants that? 

So, we retreat.

And never create. 

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