“I just always wanted to be left alone to go into a creative space.”Randy Quaid
I pride myself on being able to come up with ideas and to be able to create anywhere, even in chaos. Sometimes I’ll even seek out hectic and loud places so I can practice focusing. It helps when you write every day and have a certain level of confidence that you can pull some ideas from your butt. Will it be a good idea? Dunno. Not always. The goal is to create a great idea (I don’t know of anyone who sat down and intentionally tried to make a bad idea) but not all of our ideas will be the best. Regardless, having a consistent routine opens the creative faucet and lets the ideas flow.
Of course, the best place ideas follow is when you are alone with your thoughts. No interruptions. No email. No todos. Just you and your imagination. (Great ideas can come from other places too, like a focused collaboration with a few teammates.)
Routine gives us a headspace to be effective and have the breathing room to go creatively bananas.
That’s why certain creatives and entrepreneurs only wear the same outfit. Or follow a consistent morning routine. That’s why every techie male over 45 dresses like Steve Jobs. black shirt. jeans. glasses. white sneaks.
That’s why athletes will create little routines before, during and after a game. You’re at the foul line. The crowd is roaring. The game is on the line. But you forget all of that and focus in. Tap the right foot. Breathe. Say the mantra ‘you got this’. bounce the ball three times. Shoot — score.
The magic routine doesn’t matter. What matters is getting in the right headspace to perform at our best.
Whatever gets you there, gets you there.
It usually involves senses. It could be sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. Sunrise, logic, peppermint, paper and pen, and coffee. It doesn’t matter. Whatever that gets you in the place you need to be. And it’s all about confidence.
Both routine and setting give us the confidence we need to create.
Will we create something worthwhile? maybe. That’s the goal anyway.
Will we work on something that leads to another opportunity that leads to another opportunity? Absolutely.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #842