Have you ever felt disconnected to…yourself? Have you ever fallen into the emptiness trap? The emptiness trap is the concept that, you have everything you need but, feel empty? That feeling of what you’re currently doing isn’t serving your greater purpose?
There are some commonality’s that exists in performing at a high-level and a lack of emotional fulfillment. The creative high that comes from achieving a specific goal is diminished once the target is acquired. The idea of having something or, achieving something loses its appeal and leaves its designer feeling empty and unfulfilled.
The goal becomes more about the pursuit than it does about achievement. Those intermittent growth moments provide the determination as the conquest fuels the appetite for the acquisition. There is however, an emotional disconnect in the act of delivering value to others and the desire for creative and artistic expression. A calculated risk of reward, recognition that isolates the process from the emotional breakthrough.
Creative engineering is the byproduct of using our creative energies to find ways to serve and add value to others. The engineer realizes the ability to bring into focus that which has eluded their current view. The self-realization that there is a difference between attention and focus. That sometimes, attention isn’t converting into value. Our intention is to bring attraction into focus and discard the distractions to our focus. The void in fulfillment is the realization that our state of being is directly connecting to our state-of-mind.
“Thoughts are the vocabulary of the brain. Feelings are the vocabulary of the body. How you think and how you feel creates the state of being.”Dr. Joe Dispenza
Scientifically, there is a reward physically that occurs when dopamine is released into our body. The dopamine serves to reinforce the connection to the effort and friction of goal achievement, not just the relevance to the achievement. Renowned Stanford Neuroscientist, Dr. Andrew Huberman refers to the learned skill of “subjective insertion” of dopamine and the Neuroplasticity of effort and adrenaline.
“We have the conscious capacity as humans to self-dose these dopamine rewards in very subjective ways, and I think that’s where meaning comes in. I think of the famous examples of Viktor Frankl or Nelson Mandela, horrible circumstances, super-challenging, but they found internal mechanisms to allow them to push through and not just to survive it but to emerge in a sense of real thriving in the face of adversity. People that push through adversity … they learn how to self-dose the dopamine rewards.”
There is a place where our creative spirit meets inspired vision. Where the pursuit of the challenge is in alignment with artistic endeavors and serves our creative purpose. Creative Engineering is the ability to re-frame the void of fulfillment and lean into the state of heightened awareness.
We have provided our top 5 Creative Engineering Hacks for you to deploy when your creativity is depleted. Like any life-hacks these skills take practice and most importantly, require you to do the work!
These are the top-5 creative engineering hacks.
- Take time to work on your creativity.
- Take time to explore and learn.
- Expand your current view.
- Adjust your perspectives to allow others to contribute to you.
- Be willing to challenge your current thinking model.