Sometimes I feel frantic in my creative work, like a piece of wood tossed and thrown about in the white water on a very rough river. I fight for air, I battle against the current, I lose perspective, I have no idea where the water will take me… I panic.
In short I have forgotten to trust the water.
The water, like our personal creative journeys is wild in the rapids and calm in the great open expanses of nothingness. Yet still it flows steadily down towards the ocean.
“I’m not sure why I fight so much, I don’t know why I work so damn hard.”
The truth is, I need to spend less time thinking about my dream and more time getting to know the river.
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – How To Slow Down The Creative Process.
You won’t achieve your goals by simply working harder.
I have tried to muscle my way across the finishing line several times in my life; on occasions I have got very close, BUT when failure and major setbacks came I was too exhausted to get back up and keep on going.
I grew up believing that success was all about hard work; how about you?
There is another way, it’s called working smarter, working less, working more strategically.
In truth, I often work hard, applying myself to menial tasks to avoid doing the one or two things that would really make a significant difference.
This is usually a phone call or some other form of human contact that could result in rejection.
Perhaps it’s time to stop working harder and to start working smarter?
Sixty years ago nobody used the term fair play. Could fair play be synonymous with not playing to win.
I find myself often falling prey to this very oily, safe and seductive suggestion. The voice I hear simply tells me NOT to aim high, to simply persevere, that my success or failure is not really mine to choose.
There is truth here, but no tension, it leaves me feeling sleepy; it doesn’t get me out of bed in the morning.
Playing small and believing only in the process and not aiming for eventual success honors nobody.
Ambition that is birthed out of a fierce passion for making a difference in this darkened world maybe one of the holiest things alive.