Get the creative juices flowing again
A creative job, but stuck in a rut?
Creative work is hard to do if you’re feeling blocked. It is an illusion to think that change and innovation only take place at exhilarating congresses and inspirational meetings. The greatest lessons in life are learnt when we get stuck in a rut, when we trip up, when we make mistakes. More than anything else, freeing yourself from a creative jam demands that you look ahead and take action. Creative work often requires a lot of thought and yields variable results. Sometimes you can feel like it has deserted you. You have to break through barriers and travel down long, hard roads.
It is not just about inspiration or the lack thereof. Life is rarely that simple. It's hard work, but there really is something you can do about it.
Free yourself from creative blocks with these 5 top tips:
1- Silence your inner critic
Every time you sit down to work, you hear that nagging voice in the back of your head that instantly shoots down every single idea you have. This is often the result of a strict upbringing or exposure to a particularly critical environment. It's not easy to silence your inner critic, but just a couple of simple changes can make a big difference.
Allow yourself to write exactly what you want for an unbroken period of time, e.g. half an hour. This helps you to capture all of the ideas bubbling up inside you in black and white as quickly as possible.
Don't stop to think things through: you'll have plenty of time to criticise yourself later!
2- Breathe new life into your working habits
The way we spend our days ultimately determines how we live and give meaning to our lives. Be honest with yourself: what you are doing this hour, is simply ‘what you happen to be doing’. Think of your schedule as a net for catching days and hours. Routine and structure can give you a vital push in the right direction. If your daily structure is chaotic, you lose control of your work. This can block your creativity. Examine your working habits and consider which ones could be sabotaging you. Do you check your e-mails too often? Do you find yourself surfing the net for hours? Are you getting too little physical exercise and forgetting to make up for it? Or are you working for extensive periods without a break?
Restore balance by giving your days structure and setting boundaries for yourself.
3- Don't fear what comes from within
Creating something new can be scary. During the creative process, unpleasant thoughts can bubble up from your subconscious. These come from the inner struggle between the part of you that wants to develop and the part of you that wants everything to stay the same. Subconscious thoughts and fears can sometimes hamper your development as a human being. Always try to separate hard facts from subjective perception (e.g. emotions, ego, mindset). What patterns do you follow and how can you break out of them? If it is too intimidating to face your demons head on, then take it slowly and banish them bit by bit.
Accept them, release them and conquer your fears.
4- Don't let your worries distract you
You're worried about how much money is coming in, your child is ill, you're going through a divorce, things are going wrong at work etc. No matter what you do, things will always crop up from time to time that prevent you from devoting your full attention to creativity. In tough times, creativity can feel like a selfish, pointless or simply impossible investment of your time.
However, if you specifically and structurally set aside time for your creative work, it makes it easier to fulfil other engagements. In his book 'Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity', Keith Sawyer states that creative people have to take maximum advantage of their most productive hours. According to him, "They're selfish about their personal energy. But for most people, that peak period is no more than about three hours."
With this in mind, use the other hours to get your non-creative tasks out of the way.
5- Know where to start
Doing, deciding and creating things yourself is wonderful: a sentiment that most people will agree with. However, it also demands the discipline, creativity and persistence to go your own way and to truly realise the goals you have set your heart on. It's all too easy to let yourself get bogged down by your work, which has a stifling effect on your creativity. This is particularly the case for large projects, so the key is to start with something small. Break your work up into bite-size chunks. Construct a framework that enables you to deliver your work in gradual instalments, as this will boost your confidence.
Don't think ahead to the final result: set yourself smaller, more manageable goals.
What can a coach do for you?
A coach can help you to discover talents you have not fully developed or that you didn't even know you had.
Take a lesson from the world of sport: no sportsman or woman has ever reached the top without the guidance and impetus that only a coach can provide.
There are many different types of coaching, but they all have the same goal. Coaches motivate you to get the most out of yourself, hold you accountable to the goals you set and help you to develop.
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- Marianne Williamson
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