THE EXPLORER: an Archetypal Role of Creativity



This blog will focus on the Archetypal Role of the Explorer.

Think of the role of the Explorer as that role you play when you go out and about to discover new information.  

Key to this role is the concept of “discovering” in a way that is not blocked…of seeing what’s right under your nose!

I’d suggest that you keep a couple of thoughts in mind as we learn more about the Explorer role.  First,  it helps a great deal if you know what your objective is as you prepare to “explore and discover.”  Secondly, develop a “sponge” outlook….by this I mean get ready to soak up and absorb everything.  And lastly, and I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before, “If you only look where you always look then you’ll only see what you’ve already seen!”

The strategy associated with the Explorer is “D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R.

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How can you develop your Explorer?

You can select any of these eight components of the D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. strategy and work on that component.

For a start, I’d like to suggest  the “O” component….Out of the Rut.  First, are you in a “rut?”  What makes you say that?  Is the “rut” helping or hindering you?

So now I am going to ask you to challenge yourself.  Here are 3 out-of-the-rut challenges.

1)  Go to work via a different route.  Observe what happens (write it down…. the “R”   component).  Try doing this for at least a week.  What did you discover by doing this?

2)  Change up what you do during your lunch hour/break.  Record what happens here as   well and see what insights or ideas emerge. 

3)  When you prepare to write something or read something (it’s your choice here, or   you can apply this challenge to both) think of the environment that you normally   write/read in.  Now do something that shifts/alters your environment in a couple of   ways.  With this now-altered-environment, write or read what you were going to write or read.

What happened?  Anything different occur?

These are just 3 simple challenges to help you on your way to being able to explore more deeply and yield a richer discovery than what you might typically do.

If you have any significant “ah-ha’s” I would like to hear about them.

Review the other D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. strategy components and experiment with each one.  This type of work will help you build some “Explorer” muscle and help you exercise this right-side of the brain oriented role.