The reality of a creative mind is it doesn’t always like to sleep. I often go through phases when for a few mornings in a row I’ll be wide awake at 4am. I’ll have an idea tapping around my head but not sure how to get it out. Then when it finally rises to the surface it’s immediately followed by that pesky side-kick Ms Fear. If you can relate in any way this post is for you.
It was 4am one rainy Thursday. The 3rd morning in a row I’d woken at this time. As I lay there wishing I could sleep through every single night like my hubby next to me, the rattle starts again.
I get up and go to my office, then spent the next 2 hours trying to work out what was on my mind. Sure I had a ton of ‘stuff’ to do, but there was more to it. There was an idea rolling around but I’d been forcing it to come out.
Tip 1 – creativity retreats when forced to show its face.
So I moved to the lounge room. My dog is waiting for her morning run but I’m called to make tea and read instead. (Dog is not impressed!)
I switch gears and decide to relax. This is something I find hard to do. I’m wired to be busy, a bad habit I know but more on that another time.
I turn away from forcing the idea and start reading Steven Pressfield’s new book ‘Nobody wants to read your sh*t‘ (best title ever!). Ooooh, I get clarity on the rattle. I run to the kitchen to get a notepad and pen. I have an outline on the page in less than a minute.
Tip 2 – all the answers are in front of you, but you have to shift your perspective to see how they align.
I’m wide awake now with that feeling that comes with an awesome idea. I’m euphoric but this is where it starts to get dangerous.
I’m already slipping into overthinking it. I’m already starting to doubt it’s good enough.
The sparks of joy are now smouldering, put out by the spray of fear and doubt.
And so the cycle begins.
Tip 3 – ‘Creativity & fear are conjoined twins baby.’ – Elizabeth Gilbert
I’m sharing this because I know you can relate. I know I’m not the only one who plays this game day in and day out.
I have my page of notes and I’m moving forward with this idea.
I won’t know if it’s going to work until I try.
I won’t know what it all means until I try.
I won’t move through the fear until I try.
I am taking action on my ideas.
Rather than asking myself ‘Will it work?’ I’m switching that auto response to ‘What can I learn?’
I want you to give it a try. I want you to test your ideas to get the answers you seek, not talk yourself out of it before you’ve even begun.
Go on….. take action on your ideas. Beat the self-doubt and overthinking that will show up and toot it’s horn the minute you start to feel joy around your idea.
Start now by sharing in the comments one thing you’ll be taking action on today.