Have you ever had a great idea but you never pursued it? I am sure all of us, at one time or the other, have had a really spectacular, awesome idea but for some reason we never take it further. For example, you may have a great idea for an app and there is a potential audience for it but you never do anything about it. Or you have a great storyline for a book, you keep talking about it, but you don’t actually put pen to paper or words onto your computer screen. In my opinion, some of the reasons that may be getting in the way of bringing the idea into fruition are 1) the belief that nothing is ever going to come of it (definitely not if we never do anything about it!) because these ‘things’ usually don’t work; 2) lack of encouragement and support from people around you ; 3) you want it to be wildly successful but since it may only be mediocre, you don’t want to try. In this case, the dream of it is so much more alluring than actually getting down and working on it, and risking failure. 4) A feeling that there is a lack of resources to implement. All of these reasons have one thing in common- we feel something is missing (surety of success, missing support or resources etc.) and so we don’t try. If we had this missing ‘thing’, we would surely try it or so we tell ourselves. Or we don’t want it badly enough, it’s not a priority, a passion or a life goal. In most cases, the real reason is we only want to do those things where we are guaranteed success. Why do we want to be guaranteed success so much?
For Day 78 of the 365 days of creative exercises, reflect on some of the ideas you’ve had. Make a list of all the things you would do if you were guaranteed success. Keep writing until you’ve at least 10-15 entries on your list. What does your list tell you? Remember what Paulo Coelho said, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Well, that, and inaction!
My Day 78 prompt: I’ve been thinking about writing a book for the last few months and though I started it, I am now paralyzed by indecision. What if I am bad at it? What if no one reads it? What if the story sucks? It’s so much work- writing and finishing a book, making sure the grammar is ok (!), finding someone to publish it, or self-publish it- the list is endless. Am I told old? Is the story relevant? If someone could look into the future and let me know that the book is received (really) well, I can then write it. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?! Yet, that is how many of us deal with our ideas and dreams.
Your turn! What were the entries on your list? – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 78 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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