The Secret of Creativity ~ Part Four
The Second Stage
“Whatever you can do or dream you can begin, boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~ Goethe
All the dreaming in the world won’t get you anywhere without – ACTION
Without action you will remain exactly where you are. Nothing will change.
Often this is the stage that some of us may come unstuck on.
We may have lots of great ideas and dreams, perhaps maybe even too many. We get confused, overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
Choose one thing.
It doesn’t mean that you have to give up and ditch all your other ideas and dreams, but for now decide upon one and solely make that your focus.
What is your one thing going to be?
Write it down right NOW.
Get your pen and paper out & do it NOW. Sometimes choosing which path to take is the hardest part. Some of us are like kids in a sweet shop, we want to it all!
This has always been the part of the creative process I have most struggled most with.
I find it impossible to choose. Choosing, feels like I am discounting all the other possibilities and options. I feel as if I’m forgoing all the other possible paths and experiences. What if I make the wrong choice?
It seems so hard to just choose one path, but choose you must. Otherwise you will end up attempting to do too many projects, doing a bit of this, a bit of that and not actually excelling in any. Jack of all trades springs to mind!
We end up flying in so many directions that we don’t actually end up going anywhere.
Beware of the curse of the high options!
“Think of many things, do only one.”
Have you chosen the one thing you have decided to focus on? Don’t worry, this does not mean that you will never be able to pursue any of the other ideas, but for now this is where your creative energies are going to be directed.
The chances are, that within that one thing you will actually find all the pleasures, joy and happiness that you were hoping for. Your life lessons could well be wrapped up and found in pursuing that very one thing.
In fact you will probably learn more from sticking with one thing.
Where your focus goes, your energy flows.
NEXT – BABY STEPS
The duality of dreaming big and acting small….
Break down whatever it is that you want to do into manageable steps.
They need to be manageable and achievable.
This is not about biting off more than you can chew. If you had to eat an elephant, would you attempt to eat him or her all in one giant bite? You wouldn’t would you?! So why would you try to do the same with your creative dreams?
Start where ever you are and start small.
Small steps will help you overcome any creative blocks you have been experiencing. It will help you overcome any fears and anxieties you have attached to creating.
You need to take action, but you also need to be patient and kind to yourself.
When you do a little every day, eventually big things will start to occur.
Each time you take a baby step, and another tiny step, another you will grow in both confidence and creativity. You will start to feel better about yourself. You will start believing that this is actually possible. You will start to feel excited.
What small step could you do right this very minute to get you started? There must be something. Maybe it’s make a phone call? Perhaps you need to buy some materials?
Whatever it is, decide to do it today.
Continuous effort & persistent-not strength, talent or intelligence is the key to unlock our creative potential
Remember there are always a million excuses we can use.
Each time you take a tiny baby step you get that little bit closer to creating and making your creative dreams a reality. Each time you take the smallest action you grow in confidence and self-belief. Success begets success. The more actions you take the more you will start believing in yourself. Taking ACTION creates a self fulfilling success circle. It creates momentum. It is like a snow ball growing bigger and bigger as it speeds down the hill. Getting bigger and bigger, until it is unstoppable.
Your ideas and creative endeavours will be just like this snowball once you begin to take action, continuous action.
They will grow and gain speed and momentum. How great is that? It is the law of nature, the law of the universe. Your ideas and creativity will become larger and larger till you have created an avalanche.
Each time you take another tiny step, a tiny action you make yourself that little bit prouder.
& what’s even better, each time you take action, however small the action is, you begin to shake away some of the anxiety and panic that is attached to creating.
Baby steps take away the fear of the blank page, the horrors and biggest hurdle, of not knowing where to start.
So what are you waiting for, get your creative shoes on right NOW….& tiptoe right past fear!
Before you know it you will be free flowing, rolling down that hill, creating a massive creative avalanche!
You will eventually pass the point of no return. Just like how it is now too late for me to turn back, on writing this blog post. I have written too much to ditch it, even though at times the going gets tough. When I first started it was crazily difficult. There was that little voice inside which kept telling me, “What’s the point?” “No-one’s going to read it anyway.” “What do you know? It’s too hard; I might as well not bother.”
Even now, at moments I struggle or wonder to myself if its all worth the effort and hard work. Yet I have passed the point of no return, and so will you.
“All great things have small beginnings.”
Quote about perspiration.
It’s about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Don’t underestimate your courage.
Just think about how great you will feel?
How proud will you feel?
Keep those positive feel good thoughts in mind. Use them to spur you on. The more you do, the more the fear will lessen and lose its grip. I think we could all think of an experience in our lives which shows this to be true. FEEL THE FEAR & DO IT ANYWAY.
“Why not go out on a limb, is that not where the fruit is.”