“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One of the common ways we impede our creative progress is to believe that we must have all the pieces in place, the full picture, before we can move forward with any purposeful action. If we just gather more information, if just take another class, then we will be ready!
This misperception is most often a form of self-sabotage rooted in self-doubt, inertia and distrust. And it comfortably keeps us on the sidelines of our dreams.
Start from where you are.
Instead of waiting, what if we act boldly from where we’re at now – with the information and resources in our toolbox today? And what if we trust that whatever is missing will show up?
It is a shift in perception. We no longer look from the place of lack, but rather through the lens of possibility. With our creative hat firmly in place, we walk like an artist, open to the unexpected, open to an idea appearing at any moment, looking, expecting. We believe that in committing to our dream, we will come into contact with people and situations that will offer and stimulate ideas. By stepping into life, we believe life will meet us half way.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook
5 Actions for the Creative Path:
- Tell as many people as you can about your plans and ask for their ideas. Host a party/meeting with the intent to share your ideas and brainstorm
- Post your intentions on social media and ask for input
- Seek people who have had success in similar projects and ask to interview them
- Research articles, watch YouTube videos, join networking groups
- Carry a notepad or smartphone with you so can record ideas as they arise. Try the Evernote app.
5 Mindsets for the Creative Path:
- Allow things to be unclear, uncertain
- Release perfection and let things get messy
- Look for how you can make it fun and easy
- Be open to the unexpected
- Be bold and ask for what you want
Remember, you are much more creative than you can imagine, and so is this mysterious universe we live in. By walking forward without a clear destiny we own this fact, and open to the wondrous possibilities of life.
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