Creative Refresh

“When you are creating to the magnitude that I try to create, your brain is like a computer, and you need to refresh.”

Missy Elliott, Musician

“Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.”

Martha Beck, Author

Sometimes, we just need to sit down and work on our craft. As much as learning and seeking inspiration can help us come up with our own ideas, they also be distracting and take away time from putting pen to paper (literally and metaphorically speaking).

No conversations. No books. No twitter. No inputs—just pure focus on creating. Without effort, there is no output, just ideas, and dreams.

But on the flip side too much work back-to-back and we’ll deplete our energy and stamina, which also slows and stops great ideas from coming.

There have been many times where I’ve been go-go-going and I’m seeming to make progress, but in reality, I’m treading water. Or I’m working on good things, but I’m agitated, my neck is yelling at me and I’m not present with what I’m doing so my work suffers.

All work and no play makes Josh a dull boy.

We need both creative input and creative output to make great things and enjoy making them.

It’s good to take stand up and walk away for a while. Space and time are great creative palette cleansers. Go for a walk. Draw something. Workout. Write a poem. Work on some unrelated craft or project. Read a good book. Sleep on it. And then come back with fresh eyes.

Fresh eyes create fresh ideas.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #909

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Perfection Killed The Cat

Don’t let perfection keep you from starting..

or staying consistent..

or finishing!

Wanting to refine your work is great and admirable —

to a point.

But it’s no good to you or anyone else if you don’t release it.

We want your ideas — they may inspire our own ideas, or perhaps impact our lives, but they’re not going to do anything if there stuck in your notebook, or in your head.

Here are Three Truths I believe about Ideas

  • Ideas have an expiration date.

If we don’t act on an idea, the magic of it will fade away — meaning, either we aren’t the same person we were when they had it, so it loses it’s meaning to us,

or we forget what the idea was even about!

Get started with an idea you want to do as soon as you can (Now if possible!)

Small actions on your idea, can add up to huge momentum. 

 

The same Ideas seem to pop up in other people’s minds as well. (Are you reading my mind!? Did you steal that while I was sleeping!? 

If you don’t act on it, someone else probably will.

  • In my experience, the longer you wait on an idea, the harder it is to act on it.

The longer I sit on an idea, the heavier it gets. An idea that I really want to do starts weighing on me heavily. Like the many headed Hydra of greek mythology, Excuses rear their ugly heads, and regenerate every time I chop one down — “I just haven’t had time to..” “things are tough right now..” “I’ll do it when my life slows down a bit..”

If you’ve been sitting on an idea for long time — or feel called to do one — take action on it immediately.

Start today on your ideas — You’ll feel a weight come off your shoulders; You’ll breathe a sigh of relief.

 

  • Work expands within the frame you give it.

Things will never seem complete unless you set an end state in mind.  Work gets done within the time you given it.

“Our films don’t get finished, they just get released.”  — John Lasseter, Pixar

To make an idea happen, we must define our own structure and time frame for it.

A time bound idea is one that will be achieved.

And If your goal is a lifelong mission and never ends (such as, ‘I want to be a Renaissance Man;) then continue to set milestones and feedback  — so that you know you’re making progress.

Put some Elbow Grease on it’ — Josh Waggoner

 

 

related:

“Without action, thought can never ripen into truth.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Soon is not as good as now.” — Seth Godin