Creativity, we love it. And also, we hate it. At least I do. Maybe you are someone who has an idea and can immediately make it come to fruition. I am not that person. Most of my ideas come with quite a lot of worry, anxiety and fear. Last week I wrote about how fear can keep us from creating to our fullest potential, or from creating at all. After thinking about it more I realized that there is another factor that can hold us back, it stems in fear but is disguised as a happier emotion, excitement. (read more)
Do you ever start working on a project and get so excited about what you are producing that you stop? Maybe you are writing something that you are really digging and then out of nowhere you open up your browser to Facebook and begin scrolling aimlessly. Maybe you get up and walk about the house cleaning the counters or doing the dishes. You are smiling the whole time and you are thinking about your project but you actually aren’t doing anything for it at that moment. The thing with excitement is that it usually entices us to go back to the thing we put it down, which is ultimately good, but getting so excited that you walk away isn’t time efficient and can sometimes mean you never actually finish what you started.
What do you when excitement gets the best of you while creating?
Make a plan. Sometimes when we stop in the midst of an exciting project it is because we haven’t fully realized the idea yet. You cannot always just sit down to create without truly thinking about how you are going to execute the creation. If you are writing, even if it’s a small piece, make an outline. What points do you want to be sure to make? What graphic do you want to include? If your creation is multi-faceted, plan it out. Making a plan and working through it will help you stick to the project as oppose to leaving it open ended to maybe return to it the next day.
Stay Present. Getting so excited about a project can mean that you may be future tripping on the idea. Instead of focusing on the project itself, you are focused on the glory you will get it once it’s finished. When you focus on the end result your project can feel overwhelming, you are too focused on how other’s will view it instead of breathing life into the project through your present inspiration. When you focus too much on the end result of the project it is much easier to get side tracked and go off in another direction or walk away completely. Instead, when you feel excitement coming on. Chanel it. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and breathe into the excitement. Chanel it to keep you writing or painting or making. Breathe into the work, find pleasure in the hard parts of creating because that is where the true glory moment lies. Being present in the moment will ignite your creativity in the most authentic way.
Move Intentionally. If you have your plan, you’ve closed your eyes and focused on your breath, but your energy is still so high that you can’t type fast enough to get the words out than maybe you need a moment to let your mind catch up with your energy. Give yourself 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 15 minutes of a movement break. But, you must make a commitment to yourself, getting up to move is not a break, instead think of it as a movement meditation, an exercise for your project. Maybe while your moving you think about your plan or you write sentences in your head. Maybe you need 15 minutes to not think about the project at all before returning back to it. Whatever you do, spend this time in movement with intention for your project.
Let it go. As always, the biggest gift we can give ourselves is to not take things to seriously. No matter how important, how big, how time consuming, you must ultimately let go of expectation, don’t force it, work hard but at the end of the day release it. When you practice letting go you are releasing yourself of worry and anxiety which will make you feel at ease, which will ultimately help you to work easier in the future.