Have you ever had the feeling that you have run out of ideas or that what you are creating isn’t fresh, exciting or relevant? As creative and innovative entrepreneurs we can experience this creative quicksand where we feel stuck or we move forward with great difficulty. If you’ve ever wished for a quick way to get back on track, read on for my three best tips to get unstuck
- Do something different– Queen Elsa from Frozen would say ‘Let it go’. When we are in our state of flow, focus is what makes our creations transcendent. We enjoy the creative experience and it appears effortless to others. When we are stuck, the opposite is true, focusing on what we want to create, achieve or execute just paralyses us and awakens the internal gremlins of defeat and self-doubt. So, if you are a dancer, try writing some poetry, if you’re a poet, try dancing. You get the idea, change your routine. Shifting your focus, gives your mind the space to get the inspiration needed for you to get back to your creative state.
- Get over yourself– Sometimes we’re stuck because we so desperately want to stand out as being different, better or ahead of the game that we don’t know what to produce. In the meanwhile, we read the umpteenth article on whatever our area of interest is and think- ‘I could have done that better’- Know this:-it has all been said and done already, nothing is new! Luckily, this is not as discouraging as it sounds. You know what’s coming next, because nothing is new, but this is simple and true. You are the secret ingredient; it all depends on what you do with the existing information. For example, if you combine a bundle of varied information- you’ve created a compilation, if you apply it to another purpose- you’ve created an innovation, you bring it to a new audience- you’ve started a renaissance! Each creation strengthens not only your own voice but also adds to the chorus of similar voices out there, making your message more relevant and giving it more attention.
- Follow Nike’s advice– Often we allow the stuck feeling to move from being a noun to a verb. In other words what you feel is not who you are. Letting the feeling take root, makes it a reality, which we then turn into a habitual action. We become paralyzed and stop producing. So if you are a writer, write, if you are singer, sing. It doesn’t matter if your initial efforts are not very good; the point is that you are building up a practice. We know that we become what we habitually think and do. The Buddha says- “A jug fills drop by drop.” Our task is to put our time in, drop by drop and soon our creative jars will be overflowing. So, what’s your first drop going to be?
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