The Adjacent Possible KeynoteEmbracing Uncertainty: Making Room for the Adjacent Possible (YES!!!)
We are on the edge of another reality, and that reality is just a decision away. The more creative we are, the more choices we open up for ourselves to decide between and thus the more possibilities we gain access to. When something changes or evolves and you decide something new based on those changes, that decision opens up another set of possibilities that wouldn’t have been available before. That new set of possibilities is called the adjacent possible, and it is amazing because it further fuels more creativity. Creativity is about being open to the mystery of surprises to fully access your unknown potential. Life is about continually pursuing the mystery of that adjacent possible, not solving it. By making room for surprise, we build our sense of self trust, develop our instinct, and find comfort in the questions instead of always seeking answers.
Why this idea matters …
I have always loved to help people believe in themselves and have trust in themselves. Throughout my life, I was drawn to the outcasts who were otherwise isolated, and guided them to a place of deep healing. Throughout my own journey there were times fear would stop me and I didn’t believe in myself, and every time I stepped into something new my self doubt would kick in. I eventually learned that part of being called to something involves grappling with fear and the perils of perfectionism. Now I know that it is exactly at my greatest moments of self doubt that I can face myself authentically, push the limits of my edge, and gain self trust. I help other people implement this idea in their lives, and am passionate about sharing it with an even wider audience because I have lived, and continue to witness, its true healing potential.
How is this a new idea …
Many revolutions are old ideas in new contexts. This is about bringing an older idea from evolutionary biology, the adjacent possible, to a new context: creativity. Life is about continually pursuing the mystery of the adjacent possible, not solving it. Accessing the mysterious is aliveness, and this idea is about thriving in the questions instead of settling for answers. The adjacent possible is another way to understand embracing surprise and honing in on stepping into the unknown. This idea taps into something vital that is not being seen or heard.
Awards for Nancy
- Best selling author, The Artist’s Journey
- BookAuthority names The Artist’s Journey as “One of the top 100 creativity books of all time”
- Featured in Inc. magazine, The New York Observee
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