Getting around creative blocks, obstacles and results
Sometimes when one goes to create, one is confronted by one’s own obstacles. We can have the wrong attitude, feel tired, feel unenthused, feel anything but creative. The question is what we choose to do about it.
We can give in and put off the creative project – and wait for the right mood or inspiration. We can look around in hopes of seeing something which will inspire, trying things which have worked in the past – taking account of the world around us.
We can also choose to approach things from a completely different place. This might mean a number of things. For instance, in going about writing this article, my normal methodology was feeling stale – doing some specific searches and finding enough similar articles to be able to write my own twist on the common themes. But today I write from me – and hope to make the connections afterwards – and if not – so be it.
For creating a work of art, a piece of music, article, etc. might necessarily speak to the community it comes from, but shouldn’t always be a reaction. In fact, what is more unique is what comes from the attitude of not giving a damn.
And that is what brings us back to the beginning. Much of our being uninspired or unenthused is about our attachment to the results. It is ok to do something lousy – perhaps like the sales philosophy of every missed sale bringing one closer to a made sale – bad results are ok too.
The only true way I know to get over the stumbling block of being uncreative is to not give a damn about the results. The results may still stink, but you nevertheless will have been creative and that is the process – focus on the process and the results will come.
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