creativity

I am goal-oriented. This can be a great thing, but it can hinder me. Because if I don’t see immediate progress towards the goal, it feels too big or too far to reach.

I reframed some of my thoughts around the big goal, the big vision, the big stuff. What if I made it about small, daily habits? Weekly habits? Monthly habits?

When you look back on those weeks, months, years of small progress — that’s what makes the difference.

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There’s one thing I’m really good at when it comes to creativity: signing up for classes.

Improv.

Art.

Songwriting.

Voice.

Piano.

Sailing.

But classes are just part of my fear when it comes to creativity. I’m so worried not being good enough at one of these activities that I spend my time searching for classes rather than figuring out how I can make it happen.

There’s a chart I have in my creativity journal from four years ago. Passion on one axis and confidence on the other. High passion and high confidence includes activities like my work. Skiing.

Low confidence and low passion = golf. That’s fine by me.

But it’s that quadrant that includes playing guitar (high passion low confidence) that haunts me.

Why do I spend my time being haunted? Instead of just DOING IT?

Tommy is looking at me so I’m going to try some chords on the guitar.

Doing it.

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I like goals. Sometimes too much. Often too much.

I want them to be big and ambitious and challenging and exciting and…

…then I wonder why I haven’t reached them yet.

I heard this suggestion. Super simple but led to a complete “AHA!” for me:

What do you like doing?

Doing? I like doing lots of things.

Well, do more of it.

Let go of the goal for just a second.

And do something.

…doing it.

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