Do you have enough time to create all you want to create? Enough time to devote to all those brilliant ideas for creative projects bubbling away in your head?
No? I didn’t think so!
It’s one of the most common complaints of creative people that I hear, soon followed by “If ONLY I had more time, I could be SO much more creative…”
There are two crucial points that mean we repeatedly end up in this state of feeling frustrated, that we’re under achieving, and all our creativity and creative potential is slowly slipping away unused and unfulfilled.
Firstly, you will NEVER have enough time to create everything you want to create. There, we’ve said it, it’s out in the open.
For every creative project you work on, there will be a dozen or more others in your head begging for your attention, all potentially equally valid and interesting and wonderful.
That’s what happens to us, we’re creative people, new ideas hurtle towards us at a hundred times a second.
If you gave up absolutely everything else in your life, including relationships, eating and sleeping, you would still fall drastically short of having enough time and energy to create all you wanted to create.
Once you realise and accept this, rather than leave you feeling defeated, it actually frees you to get on with the most important creative projects you can create right now. It allows you to prioritise and focus.
Which brings us to our second point.
You’re actually afraid of having time free to create, because it means you’ll have to, well, create stuff!
Exciting stuff, emotive stuff, passion filled, life changing dazzlingly amazing stuff.
That’s a scary prospect.
So we often just tell everyone (and ourselves) that we haven’t created much lately because we just haven’t had time. It’s the easiest excuse.
And because most of us also feel so pressured and in demand these days, we just nod gently in sympathetic understanding, knowing how it is, wishing we too had more time to create.
It’s ok to be scared to create. In fact if you’ve been contemplating a new project for a while and, though it fills you with an excitement you’ve not felt in ages, equally it fills you with dread and trepidation, that’s a good sign! It means it has meaning for you. It’s important, it matters.
Ashley Ambirge spoke about this recently on her brilliant blog The Middle Finger Project.
“Meaning is not inherent; it is derived only when we assign meaning, which we do because we feel strongly about something.”
So rather than take on these projects that are meaningful, we shy away, we bail out. Because they make us feel alive, like we’re doing something important, something worthwhile.
What are you afraid of? What are you REALLY afraid of?
Your art not turning out as good as you hoped?
It turning out better than you hoped?
Realising how very talented you are, and how much you enjoy creating, how good it makes you feel, then wondering if you “deserve” to have these good feelings?
Ask yourself bluntly and honestly, do you REALLY have no time to create?
Or are you just making excuses and filling your life with “busy” activity because you’re scared of actually getting down to creating what matters?
It could be one of the most enlightening and empowering questions you ever ask.
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