One of the important approaches in NLP is to examine the behavior and performance of successful individuals, analyze the reasons for their success and discover their behavioral model. In the same way, NLP researchers have examined their behavioral model to investigate the source and secret of creativity of humans. One of the people being examined is Mr. Walt Disney. Mr. Robert Dilts, NLP researcher, has done this survey. The result is an attractive and useful pattern for creativity and solving problems by creativity. Farshid Pakzat’s Research Group will present you the secret of Walt Disney’s creativity to you dear friends.
Who is WaltDisney?
Walt Disneyis the creator of popular animations, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and more. He was candidate for winning Oscars 59times and won 22 Oscars. Among his honors, he earned 4 Oscars in one year. WaltDisney is a record-winning candidate and the Oscars Award in the world. All ofthese show the high creativity of this businessman, caricaturist and anAmerican entrepreneur.
How couldWalt Disney achieve these success? What is his creativity secret? Did WaltDisney use a particular model to achieve creativity and solve various problems?The secret of Walt Disney’s creativity has been discovered by investigationsconducted by Robert Dilts.
What is thesecret of Walt Disney’s creativity?
Dilts says: “Peoplebecame confused most of the time about Disney’s operation. The reason for thatconfusion is that Disney mostly changed his method.” Was this change relatedto Disney’s great creativity? After examining Disney’s behavior, he concludedthat it consists of three different modes. In fact, doing these 3 modes is thesecret of Walt Disney creativity. Dilts calls these three modes imagination,realism, and criticism.
Waltinitially created a dream or fantasy of a whole movie. He was able to reach thecharacters feelings by imagining how the story was in the characters view. Ifthe film was a cartoon, he would tell its animation designers to create thecharacters with these feelings.
In the nextstep, he was checking his plan in a realistic way. He balanced his money, timeand resources, and collected all the necessary information to make sure thatthe film could be successfully created. Or, in other words, he was convincedthat his dreams could happen in reality.
After Waltdreamed his film, he looked at that film from the audience’s point of view. Heasked himself, is this movie interesting? Is it fun? Is it really worthy?
Walt’s colleaguesknew all of these three modes, but never knew in which one of these modes hewas. He probably put himself in all of these three situations and created abalance between them.
How can we use of these 3 approaches for creativity?
For puttingyourself in each of these three situation, you can determine a special place ora special event to that situation. This is anchoring. I recommend you to readthe article “how to control your feelings by NLP conditional technique“ for havingmore information about anchoring in NLP and its effects.
Why is theseparation of these three modes of thinking and doing them effective in aseparate space? When these three modes of thinking are separated in threeseparate spaces, each one can achieve the best result. For example, when youare dreaming, realistic thinking does not forbid you to continue to imagine. Orcritical thinking with imagination never prevents you to examine the problems.So when you get to the conclusion in any of the imagination, realism andcriticisms you can start. Be sure at the end of this process, you will have anamazing result. So you never ask if I should do this or not. But you say “I haveto do it.”
Why is thistechnique really practical and effective?
In thistechnique you use all the preferred channels for creativity and problemsolving. In imagining, the visual preferred channel is usually used. When youinvestigate the imagination realistically, the sensory preferred channels areused mostly. When a critical mode occurs, the audible preferred channel isused.
For a betterunderstanding about preferred channels and their function, read this article:“What is the preferred channel and how can it be used effectively?”For a more in-depth understanding of this, the study of this article is alsorecommended: “What is modality and sub-modality, and how do they make ourunderstanding about the universe?”
Finally, anexternal level outside of the other situations is needed to review the entireprocess and then sum up.
How is theintellectual process in each of the three modes of creativity?
Each ofthese modes seemed to have their own specific shape and thoughts. In order toinvestigating the process of thinking in each of the modes, we must firstconsider the result of each one. The mode of imagination creates the initialconceptual shape of an idea. In a realistic mode, this idea becomes a tangibleform of execution. The critical mode that Disney’s colleagues call it spoiler,transforms its work into a valuable one by evaluating it.
According tothe result of each mode, we can imagine an imaginative person as one who is searchingin peace and concentrating on an image, making everything possible. A realisticindividual can also be imagined as a person who is persistently continuing hisway and by assuming that the results are available, chooses short-term actions.The critical person can also be imagined as a person who asks deep questionsand thinks about what he needs to do if there is a problem.
Diltsbelieves that with these three modes, we can solve our problems by creativity,and this method is also a useful way for understanding and teaching creativeprocesses.
“Allour dreams will come true if we have the courage to follow them.”Walt Disney