If you’re feeling doubt, frustration, defeat and failure over any aspect of your creator’s journey, that’s actually a good thing, because it’s perfectly normal. Take it as a sign to rest… to take a break… to take a day or two off and play if you need to.
Once refreshed, you’ll be very ready to dive back into creating.
Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~John Wooden, American basketball player and head coach
Nothing is more simultaneously ominous and exciting to a creator than a blank page, canvas, sheet, or state of mind. Sometimes we have so many ideas rushing in that it can be hard to know where to start. Creatives can create overload for themselves easily, because the flow of ideas collect into ever growing piles of things to do. Other times, it just seems blank up there… the muse has vanished.
The voices upstairs are either all chattering incessantly, each over the other, or so quiet you have a momentary lapse of sanity and question who you think you are to ever say you’re an artist. But usually, you calm the storm of doubt and pull yourself together and start giving creative shape to the whirlwinds of ideas.
When a member of the iCreateDaily group on Facebook posted that she was struggling with motivation to write, the community rallied to help by sharing their best motivation and mindset tips. We’re sharing that here as a virtual tool chest of possibilities that you can come back to when you’re feeling the gravity of no motivation to do anything.
If you’ve ever stalled out on motivation, this might help.
How to Get Motivated?
When Stephanie asked:
“What do y’all do to get motivated? I have a deadline… I’ve done the research… but I can’t get motivated to actually write new words…”
Tips from the Fellow Creators
1. Watch motivational videos.
You can find so many of these epic videos on YouTube if you use search terms like motivational videos, inspiring videos, or positive video. Here’s a playlist.
2. Set up rewards.
“Set up rewards. If I do X number of words, I can take a break and ____________. Fill it in with whatever you like. I like chocolate, lol. Or a walk. Or a swim. Or sometimes a freaking nap. Whatever. Set up some rewards. Do writing sprints with friends.” ~Nicole Mackey
3. Just Start Writing.
“Just start writing. Even if it’s garbage or maybe even good stuff. Writing activity itself can often break the log jam. Change your venue-go somewhere else that’s different than where you are stuck. Write by hand, something coherent or just freestyle-whatever pops in your head as you go along for three pages or so. Read War of Art by Pressfield and The Artist’s Way by Cameron. Get the 90 Day Journal -a system of goal setting and accountability – from iCreate Daily.”
“Just write….don’t worry about whether they are the right words. You can edit later!” ~Monique Clendinen Watson
4. Move around.
“Even if it’s just a quick walk, 10 squats, or some pushups. Get the blood flowing. Let your mind wander or think about an idea intentionally. Both can stimulate creativity.” ~Devani Anjali Alderson
5. Take Time Off.
“You may just need a day off to play… or a good night’s sleep! Starting in with a well-rested and refreshed body and mind make such a difference.”
6. Do different things.
“Do something totally different. When I am stuck and take a shower, do the dishes, grocery shop – anything – ideas start popping into my mind. Your brain sort of puts it on the back burner , but it’s still cooking!!” ~Meredith Hale
7. Make a list of words.
“I make a list of words… no sentences. Then I come back later and see if inspiration jumps off the page! Sometimes I find myself abandoning the list in the middle ‘cause I now feel like writing. Once I made a list of words/topics for a poem series that would be set to music. That put my mind at ease since I knew I didn’t have to remember them. One day a few weeks later , I realized I was ready to write them. I did. I wrote 6 before getting up from the keyboard. No edits. They sorta flowed out. They are now in print as song lyrics!” ~Lynda Suzanne Wright
Whenever you encounter a creative block, shifting your state will allow your mind to reset and make space for new creativity.
Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life, eventually discovers that there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it. ~The One Thing book, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Feel free to share what motivates you in the iCreateDaily Facebook Group! We’ll keep this article updated with ideas for getting unstuck.