It happens to the best of us—things are moving along, we’re crushing our goals, and then suddenly—we’re not. Everything tanks and we lose any sense of our own creativity and drive. All of our ideas seem stale. Nothing sparks interest or joy and we’re just…well….stuck.
Creativity is one of those things that is often talked about but quite misunderstood—we tend to think of it as a binary system: you either have it or you don’t. Which isn’t accurate. Elizabeth Gilbert speaks really eloquently about this in her TED talk which we’ll let you watch in your own time, but the idea is that creativity is a force that ebbs and flows, it’s something that can be accessed, sought after, but never truly forced. We can’t demand that we “be creative” simply because we have a looming work deadline or a project that we really need some creative insight on. It also doesn’t serve us to point fingers and tell ourselves “see? if I was just creative that like person…I’d be [better] [smarter] [more successful]…”
You get the idea.
Before you despair, we have a few suggestions:
Losing your creative moxie isn’t a permanent state and while we may know that intellectually, it can feel like we’re going to take up permanent residence in the creativity desert sometimes. But, before you lose hope, keep reading. We’ve got a few awesome resources and an exciting opportunity to give you some tools and training for making your best brainstorming ideas more readily available, as well as ways to approach things when you’re out of ideas. No matter if you’re facing an upcoming speaking engagement or looking to kill it on your next big project at work or at home, we can help.
Here are our top three suggestions for getting your creativity mojo back:
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Read These Books:
While we’d all love to hire Elizabeth Gilbert to come sit with us while we work through our biggest creative barriers, we can’t. But, we can read and refer back to her killer book, Big Magic. It packs a powerhouse punch of real truth, gentle reminders and general “you really can do this” levels of inspiration. It’s a quick read but one that you’ll come back to again and again.
Die Empty is another powerhouse book on how to build and create lasting creative-thinking practices and rituals in our daily lives so we can tap into our “good idea” bank when we need to, without suffering burnout and the frustration that comes from spinning our wheels endlessly when projects go stale. Todd Henry offers simple, straightforward, and easy to follow guidelines and ‘rules’ for how to access our best work, consistently.
Take An Artist’s Date
We can hear you now—“but I’m not an artist”. Doesn’t matter. The idea of an artist’s break comes from Julie Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” and is less about “being an artist” and more about nurturing that part of our brains and selves that fill us up, that make us happy, and ultimately, lead us to a more productive and creative mindset. The idea behind an ‘Artist’s Date’ is that you stop and think about something that you love to do that doesn’t cost a ton of money, is within reach for your given circumstances (time, money, location, etc.) and that makes you smile. Then you set a timer for 1 hour and you go do the thing. For some people, it can be wandering the aisles of a bookstore with no intent of buying anything, for others, a trip to the dime store to play with marbles and look at all the weird little findings can be a great way to get their mind off of what they aren’t doing and instead focusing on what’s possible. A walk in nature can also be a great refresh. Again, the only rules are that you can do it now, it doesn’t cause financial or professional burden, and you genuinely love to do it.
As Duncan himself says, nobody ever has their best ideas at work. They have them in the shower, on a run, while you’re taking the kids to and from school or practice. Our mind needs time and space to “be creative” and sometimes, all it takes to get our mojo back, is the right resources, the right tools, and some time.