Ebbs and Flows

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”

Earl Nightingale

A difficult part of any creative practice is staying motivated and enthusiastic about what you’re doing.

Let’s start with motivation.

Having a consistent routine gives you a structure to sidestep the need for motivation.

It’s worth noting that if you have to motivate yourself through bribery, cajoling, soothing and or trickery to force yourself to do something, then perhaps you don’t want to do it and shouldn’t be. There’s a cause behind the symptoms. Either we are doing it wrong or we’re doing the wrong thing.

Being unmotivated isn’t a problem but a symptom or signal. It’s an indication that what we are doing (or the way we are doing it) isn’t working for us.

Any project or practice I have to continually convince myself to do is usually something I need to say no to in the future when a similar case pops up again.

Lack of enthusiasm is similar to motivation but it has different underlying forces.

Enthusiasm naturally wanes and waxes as time goes on. It moves up and down just like sleepiness does. We feel awake in the morning, usually feel sleepy in the afternoon, feel energized a little while later and are ready for bed in the evening (flip that if you’re a night owl).

We shouldn’t expect our enthusiasm to stay equally at 100% the entire time we practice our creativity.

What’s needed is a reason why we are creating in the first place.

Vision is needed to keep the practice alive. A big-picture driving our habits gets us through the harder days and late nights. Vision doesn’t have to be an end goal (although it can be). Think of it as an insurance policy to get you through lazy, busy, boring and difficult moments that try to derail your practice.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #779

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