“Music is powered by ideas. If you don’t have clarity of ideas, you’re just communicating sheer sound.”

Yo-Yo Ma

I often find myself needing to create even though I’m not feeling optimal. Whenever you aren’t feeling your best, there’s a wave reluctance to do, well, anything, and rather fall into the endless abyss of Reddit comments, tv seasons andor personally eat your entire pantry clean. In my experience, this is a mental block caused by physical needs. A good night’s sleep, a couple of more glasses of water, a healthy meal, and a nice long walk and I’m good to go!

But sometimes we need to make use of what we got.

We are rarely as prepared, well-rested, focused, creative, and clear as we wish we were. Yes, we need to learn to take care of ourselves more. But also I think it’s beneficial to learn to train yourself to create at a moment’s notice—despite how you feel. This can only be trained through practice—when reluctance comes over you, do it anyway. This is a very Jocko-esque mindset. Discipline equals freedom.

One insight I’ve discovered (and probably unintentional stole from someone) on my journey so far is—

Practice when the stakes are low so that when the stakes are high, you’ll be more than ready.

And when you are feeling great and full of clarity—use it while you got it! You never know when you’ll have the opportunity again. When an idea strikes you, act on it. When a song, work of art, brilliant idea, or moment of clarity comes bubbling out of you—act on it now! Don’t let it slip from your mind. When inspiration strikes—use it!

To paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt, Use what you got when you got it.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #970

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