I have a confession.
It’s a bit of an addiction I have, that sometimes takes up far more time and energy than it should, time and energy that could be far better spent in other more creative, more healthy ways.
I like counting beans.
Not actual beans. What I mean is keeping score, tallying up, focusing on what I’ve already done, instead of what I’m doing now, and what I want to be doing next.
For example, looking at all the stuff I’ve written and feeling a little too complacent and pleased with myself, rather than writing even better new stuff.
Or checking my Google Analytics or Feedburner stats to see how many new visits I’ve had on my sites today, this week, this month, this year, instead of focusing on new ways to encourage more readers, and to better serve existing valuable readers.
Or looking back nostalgically on creative glories of the past, rather than creating wonderful new glories right now.
I’m all for celebrating your past successes, and acknowledging your evolution as an artist.
I think it’s vitally important, and if we don’t do this, it’s so easy to forget how far we’ve progressed, and forget how we’ve created far more than we thought.
But there’s a fine line, a balance to be found.
Procrastination manifests its beautiful visage in many ways, and this is one of them.
You’ve created great work in the past. And you can create great work again. Better, deeper, more beautiful and more passionate art than you’ve ever created before.
But only if you create it. It won’t magically just appear in front of you.
You can think about creating it, you can plan creating it, you can read about how to create it for the rest of life. It’s not the same as creating it!
As artists, a restlessness and a curiosity is inherent in most of us. This is a good attribute because it drives us to keep exploring, keep reaching, keep communicating, keep creating.
Make use of this, let it lead you. Scatter those new seeds, and see them grow.
But while you’re waiting for them to grow, keep scattering, keep sowing.
Don’t return to your plot and keep poking the soil every hour to see what’s sprouting. And don’t keep reminiscing about golden harvests of past years.
Create, now, today.
What do you want to create right now, more than anything else?
Go for it, give it everything you have. Start sowing your glorious creative harvests of the future today.
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