I’ve got a lot goin’ on.
Yesterday, I asked myself… Exactly, how many projects am I working on? And how much progress have I made on each one?
The problem with working on multiple projects/goals (or even just one) is that you have the potential of putting too much focus on the end result. Finishing that project or goal.
Being over-preoccupied with finishing
When I have the end in mind, at the end of the day I ask myself… Did I work on the WRONG thing today?
I ask myself paranoid questions like that, because I want to get to the end so bad. I want to be finished. Accomplished. So, I over-analyze my day. I tell myself…
I should have spent less time online. I should have woken up earlier. Or stayed up late. BUT, I have no energy… So, I should have worked out. Taken my vitamins. Or have eaten more “energy foods”… THEN, I would be further along.
Sadly, this is all a trap. A creativity killer.
I’m not working on the wrong thing. In fact, let’s just take the word WRONG right out of the picture. Because once you tell yourself you’ve been working on the so-called wrong thing, then you’ve just labeled yourself a failure.
I’m not a failure and neither are you.
There’s no need to over-analyze what you choose to do for the day. Just DO SOMETHING.
Any decision will do. The better you become at starting something, anything… the more progress you’ll make. There really is no right or wrong choice.
In fact, thinking that you have the power to make the right choice that will produce the right result is just your egos way of tricking you into believing that creativity is a science, or a math problem… so what matters is being right.
It’s not about right or wrong.
It’s about keeping the creative flow flowin’.
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, being creative can feel somewhat like a battle. You’re fighting to create something from nothing. And with all battles, what matters is not about having the perfect moves. It’s not about planning ahead or making the perfect choice. It’s about flow and readiness.
And if there’s anyone that knows about winning battles, it’s Bruce Lee…
“there’s no exact path or method, but instead a perceptive, pliable, choice-less awareness. It lives from moment to moment.”
“A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” ~ Bruce Lee
Keep the creative flow going by being ready and willing to begin without too much hesitation.
Keep the creative flow going by worrying less about each individual choice, and more about enduring until the end.
What about you? Do you ever worry about making the “right choice” creatively? How do you keep the creative flow going?