It’s one thing to get this blog up and going, and another to actually start a regular routine of writing. I’m sure the same thing applies to any goal you or I might have. You can plan and plan, dream all day long and still, you actually have to DO THE WORK. And sometimes, it’s not pretty.
This is usually the point where my motivation stamina fizzles out. Yep, right at the very beginning. A tiny confession here: it doesn’t feel like the beginning because I’ve spent umpteen months planning and thinking about doing it. And right about now I feel like – whew I’m tired – time for a break!
I think taking baby steps can be very frustrating and, frankly, annoying. I mean, we all want instant gratification, don’t we? When I stare at a long-term goal it looks insurmountable. Some of us give up just looking at our creative to-do lists before we ever start. As much as I hate to admit it, baby steps is the only way to achieve your goals. The hard truth is: DEAL WITH IT. Accept it. Taking baby steps now may feel like you’re not getting anywhere, but you’re always inching your way toward your goal.
Someone once said to me, “You have to sit in the chair.” Just do it. When I don’t feel creative, sit in a chair?? What does that mean?
You have to:
- Sit in front of your computer or notepad, even when you have nothing to write.
- Sit with your guitar in your lap, even when your fingers hurt.
- Snap that picture, despite the fact that the last 200 pictures you took totally sucked.
- Sit at your potter’s wheel. Manicure schmanicure.
- Stare at your blank canvas until your eyes hurt.
- Stand in your garden with seeds in one hand and a trowel in the other.
The point is, eventually (hopefully) something will come out.
I forget about this advice from time to time, but when I remember this gem, it actually works. Something always comes out, even if it’s not great. And if it’s not great, you will get better.
I used this advice when I made beaded jewelry (a million years ago). There were times when I didn’t feel like I had a creative cell left in my body but I thought “just sit in the chair”. And truthfully, it really feels like lamely sitting in a chair, staring at a wall until I get bored enough to start playing around with the beads. Hey – will you look at that? I’m making jewelry.