Adopt your ‘beginner’s mind’ to elevate your creative work, enhance your ability to learn, and see other perspectives for finding solutions at work.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”
— Shunryu Suzuki
The “I know” syndrome plagues us, hindering the impulse for curiosity. And curiosity is a precursor to creativity and development. The solution to the “I know” pattern—the mind of the so-called expert—is to adopt what’s called in Zen Buddhism a beginner’s mind. A beginner’s mind is empty. That is, it holds no preconceived ideas or rules about what is. It is open, eager, and receptive.
Children are natural at this, because they’re always beginners at something. But as you get older, it’s easy to lose touch with the qualities of mind that once came so naturally. Although the beginner’s mind is natural, over the course of living, we tend to lose this natural quality of consciousness - we lose the ability to see many possible answers to a question—is a fundamental attribute of creativity and problem solving.
A beginner’s mind is your mind’s natural state. In order to achieve that you can only strip away everything in the way of experiencing this natural state, emptying the teacup so that new perspectives and ideas can emerge.
This training helps you to install a new pattern so you can return to this natural state. In this training you will learn the right techniques to remove your obstacles to be present and get into a beginner`s mind, which you can use whenever you want to open up to new possibilities. You will learn how to experiment with these methods before you start working on a project or brainstorming with others. It’s also helpful when you’re wrestling with a difficult decision. You will learn how to remind yourself that whatever you currently see―whatever is known to you at present―is only a perspective. There are many other equally valid perspectives too. In returning to the mindset of the beginner, you open up to new worlds of ideas and possibilities.
Adopt Your Beginner`s Mind