Another case of blank-page-isitis? Hurts doesn’t it? But you know what? For me, creative blocks don’t even come in the shape of not knowing what to write. I always seem to have plenty of ideas and when I finally put pen to paper or fingers to keys there’s a flow that rushes out. My creative blocks don’t even give me a chance to get to the blank page….! They’ll run me round in circles, exhausting me with deadly procrastination. I’m only half joking when I say deadly. My mental blocks to expressing my creativity left me with 5 years of chronic fatigue. I worked and procrastinated soooo hard at everything else because I just couldn’t get my head around committing to the direction my creative expression was calling me in.
How inconvenient it was that my desire for expression wouldn’t just leave me alone to pursue a lucrative career in commercial film production like I thought it might. It’s a creative field, right? It wasn’t enough for whatever was inside of me, hell bent on expressing itself in some other, more deeply personal way!
Want to know the real reason you’re not creating to your heart’s content?
Emotions. Your terrified, primal emotions. The ones that believed everyone else when they told you that you weren’t creative, or smart or good enough. The kids who made fun of you for being different. The school teacher who told you not to waste your time not becoming anything other than a banker. The social stereotypes who told you that artists starve and creativity is for crazy people!
Your deeply ingrained thought patterns tell you repetitively every day that you must stay safe. You must earn a decent living. You must take care of everyone else first. You must keep everyone happy so that you can stay nice and safe. Your safety zone is where your creative dreams come to die. You safety zone protects you from those pesky demons such as doubt, uncertainty and – god forbid – criticism.
Stepping out of that lovely, safe comfort zone of predictability requires you to feel all of these emotions. And they’re not a lot of fun. But there is a trick to side stepping them and getting on with making the world a better place by spreading your creative inspiration.
Love your emotions. Then leave them.
You can’t ignore them or escape them (believe me, I’ve travelled around the world a couple of times trying!). So you have no choice but to feel them. Then, it’s important that you know what to do with them. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and reaching into the creative unknown will bring on a tidal wave filled with every single one of your insecurities you’ve been ignoring. It’s all part of the process. Embrace it. Feel it. Learn from it. Understand why your lizard brain has been holding you back from striding towards your creative dreams. Name and love each and every emotion because, after all, it was only trying to keep you safe. Then release it. There are a number of techniques you can use to do that. Find whatever works for you. You can try Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT), working with a hypnotherapist or counsellor, running, yoga or dance, journaling, or even creating a symbolic ritual of your own that preferably includes a physical element to help you experience that shift and allow your body and mind to release.
Your mind is an immensely powerful tool. It’s the control centre for your life. When you plug in the right programs and navigate your direction with careful attention, there’s nothing you can’t achieve. Once you release all of your outdated lizard brain fears and beliefs, it’s time to plug in your new instructions. Build a firm foundation of belief in your power to influence and inspire through your creativity. Don’t quash your passion with lofty expectations. Merely expect to succeed in producing what you envision. It’s all you need to take action on your inspiration. Set your intention. Take action. Create what you feel called to create. And enjoy the process. Every time you succeed you will gain more and more confidence. More and more momentum. Better and better results. Before you know it, you’re on a roll and whatever was previously blocking you is but a distant memory!
Stay turned on.
Once you start tapping into your creative potential – whether that’s creating an artwork you’ve been thinking about forever, building a business, launching a new direction in your marketing strategy or picking up a new creative hobby that energizes you and brings you so much satisfaction – it’s your responsibility to nurture it. Stay inspired. Stay committed. Keep reconditioning your lizard brain to take you to new heights of creative productivity. Don’t fall back into old habits. Keep the juices flowing by practicing and creating regularly. Stoke your passion by seeking new ways to stay inspired. And be attentive to avoid judging yourself for mistakes, failures and skewed outcomes – it’s all part of the process. The most important part is that you’re in it. The more you commit to it, the more opportunities you create for fun and better results along the way.
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