How To Remember The Fantastic Fearless Feeling Of Being Fully Focused

Sugar Loaf Reflections

Sometimes we get so stuck and blocked we forget there was ever a time when we created freely and with full focus, even for a few moments. We forget it’s possible, that this kind of calm, energised state even exists.

Here’s a reminder of how it feels to get focused, and some of the many undeniable reasons to find your focus again:

Getting focused means choosing one idea, one creative project, and giving it your full attention, devotion, creativity and energy, giving it the opportunity to develop into something incredible.

It means an end to frantically flittering between a dozen different projects, never giving any one of them a chance to develop into what they could be, and seeing each one crash, burn or fizzle out, chalked up as another failure, another reason to give up.

Getting focused means seeing projects through from start to finish, and being proud of what you’ve created, knowing you’ve brought something meaningful and worthwhile into the world, knowing you’ve given a passionate, honest expression of yourself.

It means no more collecting half hearted aborted projects at a frightening rate, until the sheer volume of everything you’ve begun and never finished bludgeons you into a state of fear of ever daring to even start any new project again.

Getting focused means creating at your peak, in a state of full flow, cruising the fast lane in top gear with the wind in your hair, where you lose all sense of time and destination, and feel a deep kind of happiness that nothing else can, or will, ever provide.

It means no more starting, stopping and stumbling through projects, without getting any momentum, like an ancient automobile that should’ve been sent to the scrapyard in the sky a couple of decades ago.

Getting focused means experiencing a sense of calm and stillness, getting out of your own way and simply creating what matters without sabotage or hesitation, doing the work you’ve always known you’re meant to be doing, creating the art you’ve always known you were meant to be creating.

It means saying goodbye to tripping and blocking yourself at every opportunity, tying yourself up in knots of over analysis and debate about whether you deserve to be creating or whether what you make and do is worthwhile.

Getting focused means spending set chunks of time on one project at a time, freeing yourself from all other distractions, letting your creative mind come to rest on just this singular most important idea in hand and letting it blossom into its fullest most amazing potential.

It means giving up that anxious cycle of checking the clock every two minutes to see if you have to be somewhere else already, then desperately trying to compose your creative mind enough to squeeze out something meaningful before the next clock check two minutes later.

Getting focused means knowing your time is being well spent because you’re creating what’s most important to you, and knowing that this will not only benefit you, but will have a wide reaching positive effect on those around you, and all those who come in contact with your art.

It means letting go of feeling that creating is selfish or self indulgent, or that no-one is interested in your work, letting go of the self absorption of all this questioning, and simply creating what we’re all desperately waiting for you to create, creating what we all need you to create.

Isn’t getting focused a state you need to return to yourself?

How To Get Focused And Create What Matters

If getting focused is something you struggle with in your creative life, you might like to check out my ebook – How To Get Focused And Create What MattersA Practical Guide for Choosing Your Best Ideas and Bringing Them To Completion.

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2 thoughts on “How To Remember The Fantastic Fearless Feeling Of Being Fully Focused”

  1. Again, you’ve really captured my current state of non-creation.

    I’ve been unhappy with a few of my recent creations and feel like I’ve been “bludgeoned” into a state of not-creating. When I become too disappointed, the project goes unfinished. Too many of these in a row, and I reach a state of total non-creation.

    Intellectually I know that if I don’t keep creating, I won’t have a chance of a creation I’m satisfied with. But emotionally, I’m stuck in that cycle of fear and avoidance.

    This article is a good pep talk for phases like the one I’m in. You bring up so many good points. It’s mind boggling the many obstacles that stand in our way to creating and seeing them laid out here helps push us through them. Many thanks.


    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Diane.

      Whenever there is disappointment, it’s caused by the gap between what we expect and what we perceive we actually get or have.

      To reduce our disappointment then, we can either lower our expectations, or appreciate our creative work more, or both.

      It’s something I struggle with personally, and what I often find is that a) I have very high (and often unrealistic) expectations in the first place, and b) I haven’t actually given myself much credit for what I have created, because I’m too focused on the disappointment “gap”.

      The solution is to try to be kinder on ourselves. Reduce expectation, let ideas and projects evolve into what they want to evolve into, we can’t force them places they don’t want to go. And acknowledge all the creative acts you do every day, it’s always more than you give yourself credit for.

      I go into this in more depth in the book – How To Get Focused And Create What Matters. In fact two of the Seven Pillars Of Truth about developing your creative ideas address this directly – about finishing projects, expectations and letting go, and how every project holds learning for us, whatever state of “finished” it gets to.


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