How to overcome major blocks to create

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In my previous posts, you discovered to express your emotions creatively, you know what your product or service is and now what? Now, you are going to start your project. That sounds easy, right? Hmm, not necessarily. We might encounter a few blocks or limiting beliefs we need to overcome first before we dive into our project.

How to overcome existential angst

Before we dive into our project, we need to be clear on how to create it. What material do we use or what type of photo do we shoot, what kind of song do we write and the list goes on. We can keep thinking about it forever, there will always be hundreds of different choices available, and we will never be sure, which one is the right one. It is called existential angst. It means getting upset because we wish we could clone ourselves and take 100 different choices at once.

It is a kind of below-the-conscious-depression because one choice precludes another. Whenever we realise that choosing one path means excluding another at that moment. This can show up for instance when you want to read a book, want to go for a walk or work on your project; or you check out social media instead of going out for taking photos or paint. We can multitask by alternating between projects, but in each present moment, you can only do one thing at a time.

If we have a choice between two tasks like a meaningful creative project that seems difficult or time-consuming and a nonmeaningful job that seems easy to do; people usually choose the easy one even if it has no meaning to us because we prefer easy and pleasant. The more difficult and time consuming your task is, the more overwhelmed we can feel. We might feel there is never enough time in a day to complete this project, why bother starting.

Having this in mind, you can trick your brain and make your essential project easy and pleasurable. Chunk your project down into small mini-tasks which are easy to complete. The more tasks you accomplish, the more you can celebrate. This keeps you motivated and makes you spend all the time you can to your creative project. How does this sound to you? Give it a go and try it out.

Now, we have overcome the complexity of our project. Are you currently ready to start or are there any other obstacles in the way?

How to overcome the money block

Right, I get it. Another major block is our belief that we don’t have the money so we cannot afford the supplies we need, hence cannot complete our creative work. We either don’t have the material, the equipment is not good enough…we come up with lots of excellent excuses why we cannot start.

If you recognise yourself in one of the statements about money, I have some good news for you.

Ask yourself, what would you do if money would not matter? Would you build your creative piece? If no, then the project did not inspire you, so then don’t waste your time and come up with something that truly inspires you.

If you answered yes to the question, then ask yourself: How can I create this piece of art I have in mind with the tools I currently have? How could I substitute specific materials? Think back when you were a child, you managed to create big things with a material you found in the household or your backyard. Be a child again and get creative. That’s what creativity is all about. We don’t need the best tools to create the best. The more inventive you are, the better your creative project will look like.

Phew…sounds like a huge weight lifted off your shoulder? Yeah… and the best thing it is fun.

But now you guess, yes, there is still another block which we mostly encounter.

How to overcome procrastination?

This is a big one. We intend to procrastinate because we might think our project is not perfect which in fact only means that we believe we are not good enough or not worthy.

This happens when we overanalyse and overthink our work. Don’t wait until your project is perfect, perfectionism is not existent. This day will never come. Nobody is perfect. In case you think you will wait until you feel more confident is waiting for a day never to happen. You can only become confident if you put your work out there.

Trust your own instincts and go for it. Instead of being perfect, strive for excellence.

A tip to get your project started is to:

  • first, you create, and then you feel ready
  • first, you create, and then you know what you are doing
  • first, you create, and then you realise how your project will turn out.

How to overcome the fear of failure?

Oh, that is another potential block we have. The fear of failure makes us find all sorts of excuses why we can’t do what we want to do.

If this resonates with you, ask yourself the following:

Why are you afraid of failing? What makes you think you could fail? If your answer is relating to a project of yours in the past, then ask: why did it fail?

The answers may reveal that you did not truly express yourself and hold back with it or you didn’t really feel inspired to do so, but other people wanted you to create…whatever the reason is, the likelihood is that you most likely didn’t follow your own gut and vision. Maybe you watered down your initial idea because you thought it wasn’t commercially palatable.

There is a reason why you got the idea from your inner self. Stay in that vibration and follow through without considering what other people might think. Don’t make decisions for other people, you can only decide for yourself. You have your own map and way of thinking, you live in line with your personal inner values so you won’t know the answer for others.

I think I need help, what do I do?

Do you want to discover what is stopping you from turning your passion into a career and learn how to overcome these, so you can transform your life? Then I invite you to book a complimentary breakthrough session with me here.

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How to use your emotions to be creative

You matter, you are loved.

To use our emotions to be creative, we need to face them first. Most of us are experts at hiding our feelings. We know exactly how to shut them off and how to distract ourselves from it. We watch tv or do other things to keep us occupied.

However, there needs to be a balance. After all, we need to fearlessly face and express these deep feelings, without letting them lower our energy.

So, how do you do this?

  • First, know that your feelings are normal to have,
  • Second, face these feelings and admit them to yourself. You will diminish their strength once you do so. Don’t be scared about facing any hidden secret about yourself because you won’t. We all have the same insecurities, hopes and desires and
  • lastly, be gentle with yourself, love yourself. You are doing the best you can.
    Hold the intention that you help others to face and support their own insecurities when you express yours artistically.

Observe your emotions with compassion and notice them. Ask yourself what lessons did you learn from any negative feeling and let go of the old. Take it a step further and say thank you to the lessons learned. It is essential to use our emotions to express it in our art. Don’t judge yourself. Accept yourself the way you are as you are exactly where you need to be right now.

What to do if you suffer from anxiety and stress?

In case you deal with stress and anxiety, take physical actions, go dancing or go for a run or whatever resonates with you. Change your motion, which changes your emotions. Physical activities help us to discharge pent-up anxiety and other vulnerable feelings. Try to do yoga, going for a walk, journaling, singing, swimming or dancing. This will help you to express and release your emotions.

How do you access your emotions?

Good question, to access your emotions, I invite you do practice a meditation exercise.

Take some time to sit quietly, get in a comfortable position. You may want to sit with a straight spine or lay down. Start breathing slowly. Use the 5-5-7 method: 5 inhale, 5 holds, and 7 exhale. Repeat this for at least 10 times. Notice how you calm down. Notice where exactly you feel the tension in your body. Be curious to yourself. Ask your body: “Why are you tense?” Notice any thoughts and feelings or even vision coming up. Don’t judge, just sit back, observe and notice. Stay in the moment and only see the story. Go deeper and feel the emotions. Does it feel empty, fearful, worry, a sense of searching for something missing or does shame or guilt come up for you?

Notice your heart rate. Is it slow or fast? Did you feel any sensations in your chest area? Ask your heart: “How are you feeling?” If the thoughts you come up tell you about troublesome situations, interview your heart about it: “How do you feel about this situation?”

Notice, that there is no need to fix anything right now, just take the information. Is your inner voice telling you to express your feelings in a creative project?

When you are done with the meditation, write everything down what came up for you.  What were the lessons you learned? Is your body telling you to rest, have a break or to change a specific habit? What came up for you?

Now, I discovered my emotions, what do I do next?

Express those emotions in your creative work and then let it go. Those emotions and feelings will grow if we don’t deal with them. So put those feelings into your creative art which then will help others too. Have an honest conversation with yourself and let go of worries and fears. Feel free to redo this mediation when you feel you need it.

I think I need help, what do I do?

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Why are creative people prone to addictions and how to overcome them?

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Hello everyone, Alex here. Today I would like to talk about why creative people are prone to addictions and how to overcome them.

Why are creative people prone to addictions?

Creativity and sensitivity go hand in hand. Sensitive people usually feel overwhelmed a lot and may feel lost about what to do with their emotions.

Sensitive, artistic people can be prone to addictions if they are not expressing their feelings through creativity. Addictive substances and behaviours temporarily numb our emotional pain. We do it even though we know that the pain returns after the numbing effect wear off.

What are the most common type of addictions for creatives?

What kind of dependencies am I talking about? These can be any kind of substance abuse or behaviours, such as drug, alcohol, fast food, sugar, emotional eating disorders and the list goes on, even workaholism, binge-watching TV or social media.

We numb ourselves out to forget what we really want to express. We distract ourselves with nonsense and keep us busy with things which don’t matter, so we don’t need to deal with our emotions. However, the emotions are still there. If we don’t release it, it will make it really painful for us.

How do you overcome your addictions?

If you think about it, when you let your creativity out and express what wants to be released, you naturally heal your emotions and create a lasting outlet for understanding. At the same time, you help to heal others with your art facing similar feelings.

Doesn’t this sound like a better alternative to replace an addiction with being creative?

Ask yourself: What type of addiction do you have? How much time do you spend on facebook or other social media or watch TV shows you don’t even like? Are you addicted to sugar and can’t stop eating desserts, chocolate bars and cookies or are you addicted to alcohol, drugs or smoking?

Notice, what it is for you and ask yourself: What is the positive intention behind doing this? What are you escaping from?

Now, what action can you take, to slowly stop your addictive behaviour? Can you replace, e.g. a glass of wine or beer with some creative work? Give it a go and see how it feels. Once we are in our creative zone, you will realise that you don’t need all these addictive things.

How do creative people deal with manic depression and bipolar?

Did you know that highly creative people can be emotionally unstable? Most of the prominent are that the classic artists, composers, and writers were manic-depressive or bipolar? Bipolar has significant mood swings. Creativity involves going into the depths of despair and afterwards having high energy to express the despair artistically. That means, creative people, get their inspiration from their depression and then when their mood swings to high energy, they have the motivation to be creative and paint, sing or otherwise express their feelings. There is a lot of evidence that creative people go through emotional highs and lows. Studies are showing that creative people are more apt to be bipolar than the general population.

However, you don’t need to be bipolar to be creative. Most of us have a less extent of roller – coaster emotions and are able to function normally when they’re sad or excited.

Observe your negative feelings through a lens of a researcher and study your genuine feelings without being pulled down by them.

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