Just a suggestion : Do some sketching, a craft, clutter clearing, give yourself a pedicure, or download and take a walk as you have a listen to this podcast with Sketchbook Skool guru and prolific writer, Danny Gregory and myself - We talk about perfectionism, comparison, and how Danny sometimes doesn't like his books:
Hi Creative Friends,
Over the weekend I saw the multi-talented star and author, Neil Patrick Harris speak here in San Diego.
During the questions and answers portion someone asked how, as a child star, he made the transition to successful adult star, because in many cases that doesn't happen. He said he focuses on the process - the process of acting, writing, creating, dancing, that way he doesn't have to deal with mixed bag of fame or anyone liking him. He's a focused, determined process guy having a good time.
Good advice. Now how do we apply that to us?
Everyone is always talking about the journey not the destination, but how does that work? I know! We ask questions without needing an immediate answer because our creative subconscious LOVES questions, but be awake because it also answers ones that don't work for us, like "How come I never feel like I'm doing enough?" Or "How come I can't do creative stuff as well as she does?" "Why is there never enough time to get to my creativity?"
Although it's common to ask those questions, (so don't beat yourself up if you do), there are questions that will serve you better because the answer those questions create, feelings, and behaviors that keep you stuck. We want to create answers that help us... create.
This is what I do to love the process and persevere:
- I don't expect I'll make a leap from one way of operating to a new way immediately. I can enjoy the process 30% more than usual, but not 100%. Going for 100% makes me give up because it's not realistic. It's like thinking you'll firm up your thighs after the first work-out with that crazy thigh-firmly machine, yet changing your approach to creating is not as tangible as eventually seeing a muscle form so it requires more vigilance. Actually, after doing this for years, I focused on loving process pretty close to 80%, it's practicing worth the consciousness to do this - it's an incredibly liberating experience.
- I ask myself: What would it feel like to love the process more than my attachment to the way it needs to look? Once asking that question, without even realizing I have an answer, that wily subconscious will have just more often present me with the feeling of love for what I'm doing without me even having to know an intellectual "why?" More enjoyment means more perseverance and that's the key to my success, Neil's success, and yours as well.*
- Other questions: What would it feel like to feel like I'm good enough for right now?
What would it feel like to honor my process and not compare myself with others?
When would be good to find a little space of time to be creative? What do I love about my creativeJust ask... the answers will come in time.
- I decide at the beginning of the process how I want to feel. I call it "Process Fuel" because these feelings fuel my process. And no matter what happens with the final product, I will have been in a state I enjoy rather than pressure and criticism, thus, *I'll show up more : Curiously mischievous? Serenely inspired? More here with a free PDF of Process Fuel to cut-up, put in a jar, and pick each time you remember. I mention this in detail in my last book, The Muse is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity.
Creativity Out There in the Cybersphere:
An very fun adventure in drawing stick figures!
PDF of Process Fuel (same as the one in the article above. See it for instructions if you just happened to skip over it ;) I know you)
November 1-4, 2018
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Life is a cocktail of breathtaking beauty, heartbreak,
varieties of chocolate, stubbed toes,
The Beatles, drastically wrong directions,
kindness, misaktes, resilience and corn chips...
it's poetry that doesn't always make sense.
It's speaking up for things that mean something to you.
I'm sipping the next stanza slowly so it doesn't burn my lips this time.
Imbibe in the experience - it's all fodder for writing, art, and creativity. Cheers
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is founder and CEO of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, multimedia artist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of four books on creativity.