Do you know who your enemy is?
The enemy to your creative projects isn’t lack of talent, passion, or skill.
It’s giving up. The only way to truly fail at any creative project is to give up.
We are in the middle of a live recording project at my home church, Allison Park Church. In just a couple weeks we will record an evening of worship with our church family.
Yes, I’m excited. But the truth is, I’ve been overwhelmed numerous times. One creative breakthrough seems to lead to another impossible wall.
Refuse To Give Up
I’ve learned that creativity isn’t just about waiting for inspiration. It’s about forcing ideas, failing, reevaluating, and trying again. And you must fight your way through to overcome.
Creativity doesn’t come naturally. It’s not reserved for the especially gifted. It’s not a perk of the professional. Everyone can be creative, but your greatness depends on your resilience.
I’m reading a book on creativity right now called, “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” Listen to author Jonah Lehrer as he explains this phenomenon:
“Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. We have worked hard, but we’ve hit the wall. We have no idea what to do next.
When we tell one another stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase of the creative process. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problems were impossible solve.”
Also, take a cue from Eric Owyoung from the band “Future of Forestry”
“90% of the time music is stress, and work, and slaving away at something. But then there’s that 10% of the time when music is emotion. It’s everything inside of me coming out. It’s everything I feel. Everything I see – the way I see life, the way I see God, the way I see myself and the world around me.”
Wow. 90% of the time music is good old fashioned work. How does this reflect your creative journey?
3 Truths About Your Creative Projects
Want to know the truth about your creative projects?
1. It’s hard – Don’t think for a second that creativity will come easily. That block you’re facing? The wall you’ve hit? That just means you’re on the verge of something incredible, if you keep working.
2. It’s never done – For the creative, their work is never done. You could spend the rest of your life tweaking and never actually release anything. You need to realize this, set up deadlines, and get your work out there.
3. You need to pick yourself – Seth Godin is famous for this phrase, but it’s so true. Don’t wait for someone to “discover” you and label your art worth mass appeal. Pick yourself, get to work, and make it happen. As Seth says, the only permission you need is from yourself.
Facing a wall? Good. You’re on to something. Join the ranks of greatness by staring that problem in the face. Stare long and hard until you come up with a solution.
Go and be the genius you were meant to be.
Question: What creative projects are you currently engaged in? How are you pushing through the difficulty? You can leave a comment by clicking here.