There is something magical about these 3 little words: “Going for it!” I’ve realized this a lot lately. My friend Susie’s boyfriend, Dan, dressed up as Macho Man Randy Savage for Halloween this year, and she costumed as his longtime lover, wife and Manager Mrs. Elizabeth. I think Dan and Susie are the power couple of “Going for it!” To prove it, here’s a video of Susie all dressed up again. This time she is ready to “Go for it!” as Susie Starliner, star of CMA’s Gameshow.
I work with teens here at CMA, a group that has its fair share of self-doubt and anxiety. When I give them a task and they feel overwhelmed and anxious, those three magic words muster their courage and really pump them up. Take a look at them “Going for it!” in this video. I am so proud!
Speaking of getting pumped, I’d love to share some of my tricks from Sister Corita. Yes, I said Sister Corita and yes, she was a nun. She was also a radical, revolutionary educator. She created these amazing rules for the classroom. I am constantly referring back to these rules for learning engagement not only with my teen classes, but also myself. These rules are like a battle cry for “Going for it!”
Here are some of my favorites:
Rule 5.) Consider everything and experiment.
Rule 6.) Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
Rule 9.) Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
Carmen Papalia is the courageous knight of “Going for it!” He introduced me to Sister Corita, who exudes the courageous characteristics of what makes “Going for It!” work. He is an artist who leads nonvisual walking tours. Carmen is an amazing artist and educator. He is also blind. Carmen goes for it each time he takes a step in unfamiliar terrain. This requires another important quality of “Going for it!” — trust. When he asks tour participants to close their eyes, what he is really asking them to do is to “Go for it!” with each step they take with their eyes shut.
I’d like to share another of Sister Corita Rules, and it’s the first rule in her list: Rule 1.) Find a place of trust and then try trusting it for a while. Self-doubt and fear can be huge roadblocks to creativity. Try “Going for it!” and see what happens.
If all else fails, think of Macho Man Randy Savage, and snap into a Slim Jim.
Photos courtesy Susie Underwood (top); Heather Zinger (middle left); Kristen Lantz (middle right).
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Kristen Lantz, Teacher and School Programs Coordinator
Over the past 18 months, in preparation for opening CMA’s new Center for Creativity (on Jan. 1, 2011), the entire education staff immersed ourselves in research on creativity, particularly what is necessary to cultivate creativity. Musings from the Center for Creativity is an opportunity for us to share our thoughts on this topic. Please share your views and resources with us, as well.