Why do we limit ourselves?

“When you walked in here today, many of you didn’t believe you could draw, and I’ve got a question for you about that: How many other beliefs or limiting thoughts do we carry around with us every day? Beliefs that we could potentially challenge and think differently about. And if we did… what else could be possible for us all?”

Today I learned how to draw five different characters!

Found this enlightening TedTalk at JohnOlaughlin’s blog and it spoke to me immediately. I have strong feelings about mind-over-matter situations. If you try and believe that you can do something you can do it. However, you may not do it as well as another person – and you want to know why? Your outcome level is usually based on your own perceptions! I could go on all day, but there’s another reason I am sharing this video.

Modeling is, first and foremost, an excellent way to showcase expectations and proper methods. You, the model, is stating that “this” is an acceptable form of the outcome.

However, when does modeling take away from creativity? From thinking outside the box? We ask students of all ages to be the pioneers of the newest, greatest, and most fabulous thing that haven’t even been thought of or invented, yet we model everything.

There is only a handful of ways to tie shoe laces; there’s even a rhyme about bunnies to go with it! So what was the final straw for the inventor of the no-lace shoe? Did that idea of modeling tying one’s shoe over and over again irritate someone so much that they decided to invent the million dollar idea? If we teach people to do something one way, is it beneficial? If so, at what cost? In what terms? What subjects or situations?

Modeling is beneficial, don’t get me wrong, but I think it needs to be done at an appropriate time with a lot of room and focus for creativity.

Modeling for proof of self-ability and gratification is the goal. Add a sprinkle of creativity and free-form and you’ve got yourself the best type of modeling!

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