Without the motivation to create, nothing will get created.
That sounds very simple, but what makes it so much trickier is that we don’t recognise what motivation is, or the barriers that come up against us and sabotage it.
What would your own definition of motivation be, especially when it comes to creating?
I come across many people who aren’t being as creative as they’d like to be, and they usually think they know what the problem is. You know, that one destructive element that once they get the secret to overcoming, will free them to be abundantly creative like never before in their lives.
But more often than not, what they think is the main issue, actually isn’t the issue at all.
A classic example is: “I don’t have enough time to create”.
Most of us who feel this, feel it genuinely. We don’t believe we’re making excuses or think we’re wasting time in other areas. We honestly think that if some radical international law was passed wherein every day had two extra hours in it, we would be able to then use those hours to be creative. Just imagine how extra amazingly creative we could all be in those two extra hours.
But the reality is, it’s highly unlikely we would be any more creative at all. Even if every day had 24 extra hours!
Your ever present, ever demanding to-do list would simply push even harder on you, declaring that now you had this extra time, you could fill it with all those highly important things you just have to get done. Why now you could check your email 32 times a day instead a mere 16! You could sleep all that extra time! You could relax in front of the tv so much more! You’d have time to reorganise all your creative supplies many more times each week!
And so that extra time would disappear almost as soon as it was given. And we would still think we didn’t have enough time to create!
This is a perfect example of motivation, or lack of it.
The fact is, we are free to make more time to create whenever we choose. We don’t need international laws to be passed, or the Earth’s rotations to slow down. We simply need to say “Today, and every day from now on, I’m going to devote 15 minutes a day to creative pursuits I enjoy.”
Fifteen minutes is approximately 1% of your 24 hours each day. That’s not so selfish now is it? It’s like having a huge cake, cutting it into 100 pieces, giving away 99 of them and keeping one meagre little slice for your creativity. Hardly spoiling yourself or being self indulgent.
But if 15 minutes creating each day is so little, and so easy, why don’t more of us devote the time to it?
Again, it’s that motivation. Or lack thereof.
We don’t set time aside to create because the motivation to is not strong enough.
Our motivation to check email, sleep, watch TV and a hundred other things is higher than our motivation to create.
And the simple reason behind THAT is nothing to do with how creative you are, how talented you are, how many ideas, or how many commitments you have on your time.
It’s simply that you’ve forgotten how important creativity is in your life.
It’s been so long since you created freely and happily that those feelings you get when you’re on fire and in the end zone have lost their impact. When you’re lost in creating, you feel invincible, powerful, unstoppable, connecting to some higher source or channel, lose track of time, and generally have some of the greatest experiences you have had, or will ever have in your lifetime.
You were born to create. Just like you were born to breathe, and eat and sleep. It’s THAT important to your health and happiness. You just forgot.
The good news is it’s pretty easy to remember again. And once you DO get back in touch with those wonderful creative feelings, it suddenly shoots right up your to-do list as a priority.
So how do you get that motivation back? How do you develop indestructible creative motivation?
Just by taking a few quiet moments to remember. Sit down somewhere you’ll be undisturbed, take a pencil and some paper, and write this statement in the centre:
When I’m at my most creative, I feel…
Then complete the sentence in all the ways you can think of. Very soon, the memories will come flooding back, and you’ll start feeling that old glistening magic return. Let it, and turn it up a little louder. No, make that a LOT louder.
This is the key to your creative motivation. Remembering, and staying connected with, all those amazing feelings creating gives you that nothing else in the world ever has or ever can.
Then, from today, set aside that 15 minutes a day. MAKE the time, there are no excuses.
Within a week or two, maybe even sooner, you won’t need to keep remembering how great you used to feel when you were creating, because you’ll be doing it every day again!
Stay connected to the feelings, create every day, and build up the time you spend gradually.
Follow this method and you’ll have all the creative motivation you could ever need.
If you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, please use the buttons below to share with others who might do too. This helps support and spread the word about my writing.