Team-up Against Each Other's ObstaclesNov 29, 2011
We all get blocked, stuck, or overwhelmed on creative projects. So team-up with someone.
Create a team with your husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, colleague, or associate. Have each of you identify something that you have resistance toward or are overwhelmed by. Pick someone to go first and then work on it together.
The helper best takes the energizer role. He or she can see the situation with freshness and clarity. They can ask the blocked teammate questions to find solutions.
But mostly they are there to encourage and support their teammate to work through their inhibition, resistances, and fear. Jump off the cliff with them.
Do not stop until you have accomplished something beyond what the blocked artist thought was possible. This exercise is intended to allow the blocked teammate to see new possibilities and hope.
Then later that afternoon or on another day, switch roles and team up against the other person's block.
You get the added value of creating a shared experience with the person. You get to know each other on a much deeper level.
The person in the role of the blocked teammate has to expose and trust. They have to allow the helper into their world; he/she has to be vulnerable. Exposure is the key to intimacy.
The helper, on the other hand, has to get out of their own world to get into their teammate's world. This in itself can be liberating for the helper. The helper has to be inquisitive and care about their teammate's world.
The bond you form in this exercise is powerful. I highly recommend it for couples at any stage of a relationship.
And get used to teaming up. With where we are going in the big, new world- we are going to have to go there together.