Getting lost in the shuffle

Often times, I find myself ‘lost in the shuffle’ of my projects, plans and imagination.

In my head, there’s an amazing, expansive space where anything is possible. It’s been incredibly positive recently, and a lot of fun to create in that head-space. It isn’t like this all the time, but working/writing daily actually does make it easier to recognize and embrace your “good” days.

On a “good” day in my head, if there’s a wall I can’t get around or climb over, I grab a conveniently placed sledgehammer and take it down. If there’s a place I can’t see, I simply move the camera and create that perfect setting.

I want to encourage all of us to do bring that attitude with us when we’re creating in the real world.

Don’t get me wrong, the real world is a scary place.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are working hard, “grinding,” to get their work noticed, and they don’t stop. No matter what the cost. They do whatever they have to, and they realize that there is hard work involved with getting what you truly want in this life… Even something as small as, peace and quiet. That comes from a real dedication to solving and fixing problems, and that no one is going to do it for you.

We would rather pass the door that doesn’t present a clear indication of what’s behind it, than walk through it. Art is a risky business, as is exposing your vulnerabilities, especially to critics. Creating anything is a challenge, despite your natural talents and especially despite yourself. Most of our resistance to the unknown is our mind playing tricks on us. As artists, we’re really good at psyching ourselves out and judging.

I’d like us to harness that energy in a more useful way… For example, if we could imagine that we’re prepared for the unknown, and that no matter what happened we would have the perfect tool or solution to resolve it, I think a lot of those ‘problems’ could be solved relatively quickly.

So, the next time you find yourself lost in the shuffle of your goals and plans, remember to bring your tool belt full of solutions.

Tell me, how do you solve creative challenges?

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