If you’re anything like me, you will plot, plan, list-make & gather every resource imaginable when you’re readying yourself for a new project. You might even call it “preparation,” priding yourself in just how nicely you’ve lined your ducks up before starting. But if you’re honest with yourself, you just may see where “planning” has actually become code word for “procrastination.”
Let’s get real here. How many times have you done this, only to lose momentum & watch your fabulous project fizzle out of focus?
Where’d the mojo go?
Though I cannot pretend to know what’s going on in your own creative process, I have a few suspicions about my own:
1. The “I’m not fabulous enough yet” mindset. I am actually afraid that my idea won’t work or be as magnificent as I’d hoped. I need to learn MORE about it. I need to BE somebody before I do it. I need every credential under the sun, first. I need to take every course & workshop out there on it before I start.
2. The “I don’t have time yet” mindset. I sabotage my time to do the project with either more planning or other life incidentals like laundry, organizing my junk drawer, or cleaning the oven. How can I get anything done if the toilet isn’t clean first? My mind won’t be clear enough! Oops, look, it’s 10:30 already! Time for bed!
3. The “I need to put food on the table” mindset. I rationalize that another project might be more important, like one that might be “more likely” to bring in some money. I’ve got children to feed, for Crikey’s sake!
4. The “Magic Labryinth” mindset. The more I “plan,” the more ideas I get & the larger the project grows so that I become overwhelmed & decide to ditch it all together (but don’t stop thinking about it & feel like an epic failure). So many possibilities!
5. The “Hocus Pocus, where’s my focus?“ mindset. What was I saying?
6. The “Body/mind battle” mindset. I wonder if there’s anything good I can whip up to eat? I wonder when my library books are due? Maybe I should go check… or maybe I should do some yoga to get me in the creative mood. Or maybe a walk outside would be a nice way to call in the muse. Or maybe I could go to the thrift store again & see if I can find any cool old books to help with this project. How about a new cup of tea? Or maybe some coffee?
See how it is?!!! So just how do you get past all that inner monkey-mind chatter?
I could suggest creating a daily ritual, where you dedicate a certain amount of time to your creative baby at hand.
I could suggest a retreat half-way around the globe, where there are no distractions.
I could suggest becoming a monk with special studio privileges.
I could suggest a lot of things, because there are, in fact, more than a few methods around the madness.
But here’s the one that’s the most simple, direct, tried & true.
Do. It. (NOW).
Yep. Go on. Hold your nose & plunge right in. So you might not finish it today, you might veer off course & discover something that stokes your mojo even more than this initial project did. You might decide you don’t actually even want to be doing the project after all. So what.
Unless you actually & finally DO IT, you will never swim in that righteous creative bliss of FLOW MOJO .
So Dive right in! Just make sure you’re in the deep end. When there’s depth, there’s more room to explore & discover, & no noses get broken.
Let me know how it goes. (flow at cricketdesmarais dot com).
I’ll be over here, adding paint to the layers I made yesterday while the 11 library books & dvd on mixed-media art making lean like the tower of Pisa nearby & the stash of supplies I’ve collected over the last 9 months finally get the dust shaken off of them. I have no “real” idea of what I’m doing but it sure is more fun than reading all those dang directions & waiting to “figure it out” before I start.
WIth love & paint smudges from my heart to yours,
Cricket Desmarais is a creativity & wellness coach with a love for helping others connect to their most epic selves. She also shares her art-making realm with her two young children- the best teachers she’s met yet, & is about to launch a new creative workshop series that integrates art, postcards, breath & memory.