Feeling good about what you’re doing is all about harmony. Harmony between what you want to be doing and what you’re actually doing. Where you want I go and where you’re currently travelling towards. Feeling out of sync with your goals, big picture plans, and creativity is so scarily easy because you can lose sight of your targets and progress without ever realising it. In fact, unless you really make an active effort to stay on track with your goals and inspirations it’s just about certain that you’ll drift off course.
I spoke a little bit about this when making my return to blogging the other day. Getting caught up in the hustle can be a big distraction from getting real stuff done. Don’t waste all your time working. It’s not all about the grind: focus on the magic of innovation. Devote time to exploring, play, and having fun for the sake of it. Make things that excite you regardless of the profit or click-throughs they might generate. Flip the switch on monotony.
Watching this talk by one of my new favourite inspiring people, Adam JK, at 4am the other night got me really excited about being alive and having the opportunity to make things. It reminded me that creativity has nothing to do with perfection but instead it’s just about making stuff and having fun. From this talk I started thinking about Austin Kleon and his rad books. They told me to share, post, and shamelessly promote. It’s a shady area but I’m ok with that. I’m thrilled with that if I have something I’m in love with that I genuinely want to promote.
But then I realised, I haven’t even been actually creating new things to promote.
I’m so busy sharing and coming up with content to post that I’m not really working on making the stuff I really want to. Granted, I think it’s amazing to make purely blog base content – articles, posts, videos and anything that exists purely for your perusal. But for me, that’s not all I want to share. I want to contribute art and work I’ve felt compelled to make. I want to have fresh new content and products and stuff that is exciting for everyone. I don’t want to be passive.
Being creative and committing to creativity feels both extremely easy and extremely hard. Easy because you really only have to make something, anything. Hard because our brains have a way of complicating this and making it into something unattainable. To combat this I recommend Jerry Seinfeld’s writing technique: write every day, cross off the days on your calendar, and don’t break the chain. Simple.
Here’s to creativity…
In having fun
I was tempted to buy the biggest canvas in the store. But I got some packs of little canvas boards. Start small. Get it done. Go bigger. Go harder.
Find your harmony
To be in sync with what you want, you first need to find out what that is. Maybe you need to take a break, write lists, or try out a bunch of new things. There’s no pressure and there’s no end of the road. What we want and our goals will and should continually change. Continue to take moments to take note and you’ll be ok.