Struggling to Create

Do you have bursts of creative energy that fizzle out with time? You can’t find the right medium to channel your creativity, or you can channel your creativity but quickly lose patience and drop it soon after you start.

Or, on the other hand, you have the skills. You know you can write stories or edit videos; you know you can be creative. But, no matter how passionate you are about your creativity, you just struggle to create.

This week, let’s look at how to maintain your creative energy and bring it to life, consistently.
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The Idea of the Week

In a 35-minute video, Dr. K from HealthyGamerGG breaks down a case study from his community to unravel Why You Can’t Turn Your Creativity Into ANYTHING.

When you engage with your creativity, are you trying to replicate this formula:

Explosion of Creativity + Discipline – Impatience or Frustration
= Success to Creativity.

You may view the explosion of creativity as the good part and your impatience or frustration with follow through as the problem. So if you develop discipline alongside your explosion of creativity, you lose the impatience and find your way to success.

However, Dr. K notes that the explosion of creativity is also part of the problem. When we get an explosion of creativity and we act on it, we are giving into an impulse, even though it’s a “good impulse.” So when the impulse of “I don’t want to do this anymore, let me take a break” comes, we act on that impulse, too.

But, what if you have the skill already? You know how to write stories, or draw, or play piano, but you struggle to engage in it even when you know it’s your passion. In another 15-minute video, Dr. K breaks down this case: when we throw our all into a craft and aim for to be that success story, we find that we paralyze ourselves and struggle to create. We are paralyzed because “what if I give it my all and it’s enough?” But, this fear can become our liberation, so check out the video to find out how Dr. K weaves this fear into a liberation to start creating your art.

❝Paradoxically, the more we invest into something
—the more we view ourselves as an author,
—the more we strive for success in writing,
the harder it becomes to write.
Dr. K from HealthyGamerGG

The Practice of the Week

Problem 1: We have creative bursts of energy that fizzle out.

  1. Develop discipline. Discipline is always a good skill to have in your repertoire. Here is an 8-minute article on How to Be More Disciplined.
  2. Train your impulsivity. Use any meditation technique, and when you meditate, recognize that the reason you are meditating is to level up your willpower. Impulses take willpower to restrain; the more we engage in impulses, the stronger that the connection is made to act on impulse, and thus the more willpower it will take to restrain the impulse.
  3. Slow down the process. It may seem counterintuitive to slow down when you have bursts of creativity. But, notice that when you act on the impulse to start the creative project when you have the burst of creativity, you spend a lot of time in a short time span using up that energy that you lose the energy and momentum before you’ve made it a habit. So instead, slow it down and space out your creative energy to last into habit formation. Here is a 6-minute article on How to Build New Habits.

Problem 2: We have the skill, but we are paralyzed and struggle to create anything.

  1. Recognize that you cannot be a successful artist. The idea of “being a successful artist” comes from the ego and focuses on the “being successful” (which is not in our control) rather than doing the writing (which is in our control).
  2. Engage in art for yourself—connect it to your values, and dig into why you want to create. If you focus on creating so you can be successful, you focus on the outcome (which is not in our control) rather than the action of creating (which is in our control).
  3. Focus on action, not identity. Acknowledge what you can and cannot control: you can not control whether you are successful or not, but you can control whether you create or do not create.
  4. Separate from the ego. Comparisons are consequences from the ego; for example, “this person is more successful than I am,” or “they make better cookies than me,” or “I am more organized than they are.” All comparisons require a sense of identity, and in our case with struggling to create, we are attaching our identity to “being a successful artist.” The more we invest into this identity, the more we are paralyzed, because if we fail, then what are we? Probably, no longer “a successful artist.” The paralysis and struggle to write protects the ego.

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