Got writer’s block? Artist’s block? In a creative slump? Like the characters of the books you write and the strokes of the art you create, you can craft the change you want in your own life for real.
You are a creator. You can create your way out of any artist block. Seriously.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Audio Article – Overcoming Artists Block:
The Blank Page Syndrome
“The blank page staring at me.” If you’ve ever experienced artist block, then you’ll know why some people are intimidated by a blank page. For most creatives a blank page beckons the fingers to construct worlds through words, images, art and imagination. However, even the most prolific artist can get stuck in a creative slump. If you’re in a creative block that blank page can taunt.
What if there were just three simple things you could do to get out of any creative slump or artist block. If you knew these simple things would boost your energy, your spirits, your mood, your optimism AND overcome any creative block would you do it?
If you knew there were just 3 simple things you could do to get out of a slump, would you do it?
A Way Around the Artist’s Block
You’d be surprised at how many people won’t. Having coached many people over the years, and in coaching organizations, with fellow coaches and therapists, it’s a common theme.
The percentages of people who will take action are a small fraction of those who will not. Most people would rather complain and repeat their same old story than write a new one they create by the actions they take. Don’t be that person.
If you find yourself staring at the blank page uninspired, a shift is actually super simple. Not always easy, granted. But surprisingly, almost always simple. Whether it’s about a blank page or feeling stuck in any way, this strategy works!
Walk the block for writer’s block
Whatever you do, please do not underestimate the power of these simple steps to turn things around for you. These are proven to work if applied with the intent to improve.
To change your state, you just need to:
- Change your physiology: Movement
- Change your thoughts: Story
- Change your focus: Attitude
When you change these you elevate and change your state of mind. We elaborate on these below.
“Exercise is as effective as certain medications for treating anxiety and depression.”
― John J. Ratey, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Artist Block: 7 Tips for Sacking the Slumps
Psychologically, these first three are the most potently simple—and simply potent—things you can do to change your state of being
1. CHANGE PHYSIOLOGY:
Exercise. Getting the body moving vigorously, preferably in fresh air exercise, walking, biking, hiking, etc, makes a world of difference. This is how our bodies are wired and they do respond.
2. CHANGE STORY:
What is the voice in your head telling you? Change that story to an alternate positive. The most powerful way to climb out of any negative or stuck place is to focus on what’s right, what’s good, and on gratitude. Especially gratitude.
3. CHANGE FOCUS:
A quick and easy shift for us that incorporates all three of these is to take a brisk walk while listening to inspiring podcasts by energetic and awesome creatives. Change your focus from what’s wrong to what’s right. Imbue your attitude with gratitude and that little shift will make a world of difference.
Keep doing your art daily.
Persistence wears down resistance.
6. GET INSPIRED:
Watch or read something inspiring or funny.
Reach out to fellow creators and ask them for a chat for inspiration. Or, reach out to someone who is struggling and see what you can do to help them and lift their spirits.
In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.
And… as Seth Godin says:
There’s no such thing as writer’s block… what’s necessary is to develop a habit.
~Seth Godin, What to do When it’s Your Turn
Start. Sustain. Succeed. iCreateDaily!™
You may also enjoy this TEDx talk on how to change your state and get unstuck and tuning into Signs from the Universe. It starts off a little slow, so if you don’t have much time, you can always speed it up.
Hello! I’m LeAura, an autodidactic former homeschooling mom, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness trainer, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. My favorite is helping people discover and grow their incredible potential.
Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.
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