In this weekly series, we offer a little inspiration to kick off your week. Some simple accessible wisdom, from one soul to another.
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STAYING CREATIVELY JUICED
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it” ~Osho
It’s a new season. And with it comes renewed energy, excitement and hope. Big dreams and creative adventures. At the same time, it also brings a fair amount of overwhelm.
Big dreams require big action. Your creativity itself needs time and attention. Yes my friend. That means you need more of the dreaded ‘C’ word – consistency.
This spring I’m really wanting to feel creatively juiced. When we’re juiced creatively, words flow from our fingertips (or pens). Melodies practically write themselves. The outline for our next online course comes as if on demand. You’re in the zone. There’s a sense of it being easy. Isn’t that the best feeling in the world?
I’ve spent a lot of time in “the other place”. The place of doubt. Uncertainty. Writer’s block.
Looking through the lens and not seeing anything. Trying to wrack my brain to come up with my next product or service or event. And it’s frustrating as hell.
We all know that 99.9% of the time, pushing isn’t how we come up with the gems.
It’s when we let go and let our creative juices flow, that we stumble upon brilliance.
But staying in that space of creativity? It ain’t easy, am I right?
Thankfully, I’ve been blessed enough to be introduced to a variety of tools that help keep me in my juicy creative space.
Sidenote: I hate the word juicy. But it just came out.
One tool, in particular, has helped me to consistently reconnect to my creativity, especially at those moments when I start doubting everything. It’s simple. Free. And totally counter-intuitive.
What’s the tool?
I know right? Sounds almost too good to actually be true.
But it is. And it works.
Try it. Step away from the computer (or whatever your creative tool is). See what happens.
I was brought up with the idea that in life and in work, you have to push. You have to keep on keepin’ on. When something isn’t working, you go harder. This philosophy left me feeling like I was putting a choke-hold on my creativity.
Yes, there is truth in the idea of soldiering on. However, before you can keep it going – you might need to step away. Giving yourself a break isn’t necessarily procrastinating. It’s a necessity for any creative person or business.
Stepping away from your work could look like taking a walk. Going to a cafe for a cup of hot cocoa. Or having a dance break in your living room. Doing yoga. Phoning up your best friend for a quick catch-up. Or hitting up a new exhibit at LACMA. It could even be as simple as taking a shower (guilty as charged).
Stepping away helps you get outta your head. It reminds you that there’s a whole world outside of your work. It gets you into your body. And in touch with your senses. And I fully believe that the senses are our keys to viscerally experiencing life (and getting those creative juices a-flowin’).
When you come back to your work after a few hours (or even days), you’ll notice a feeling of possibility and newness. Your productivity will increase. Consistency won’t sound like such a bad word. It’ll feel like spring again.
Now that you know about my tool for staying creatively juiced – how will you work this into your routine this week? Does stepping away help you clear the deck and come back renewed and ready to create? Share any insights or tips of your own in the comments below!