If we are in a routine in our lives, it might be challenging to find the creative energy to get our dreams in motion. It might be particularly hard if those dreams are big, compelling, and will demand our fullest selves.
However, getting motivated and in gear is no different than to get your creative energy flowing! Have you ever tried to write and nothing was there? Or sat in front of canvas and color wheel to find no image was stirring?
Do you feel the same way in your life? Does it feel like nothing is really happening, and life feels stagnant? Here’s the trick: You’ve got to simply begin. Choose one thing and start. For example, with writing, there may not be too many words that rise to the surface of the mind at first. Yet you move your hand anyway, even if you’re writing “I don’t know what to write now.” Slowly, what appears may be the stories you’ve created about your day or the worries you have about your vacation next week, or your true feelings about the conversation you had with a good friend. You write out the unspoken thoughts and feelings about the happenings of your unique life.
As you continue to let your attention rest on the inner world and give it expression, the creative energy inside starts to build. Your hand starts to swing from one end of the page to the other. More and more thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, dream snippets, and bodily sensations enter your field of consciousness. You write it all out and meanwhile the creative energy increases. Soon, there is a fountain of activity inside and your hand can barely keep up with the fire within. The vitality that’s there is not so much about your reactions to everyday life. Instead, it is an expansive sensation, an energy and intelligence offering you creative ideas, innovation solutions, and feelings of connection, ease, and timelessness. This is the creative flow.
The same is true in your life! Are you stuck? Are you unmotivated? Do you know where you are headed, but feel overwhelmed by the task? Choose one thing and begin. Even if you’re not quite sure how you will reach your goal; it doesn’t matter. Just start. Even if you have doubts about yourself, begin anyway. The very act of starting will get the wheels in motion.
Then, once the wheels are moving, keep them going! In the writing example above, notice that I kept writing even if there was nothing to write. The same applies in life too. To keep the wheels in motion, you’ve got to keep choosing your path. Keep choosing your goal. Keep proceeding in the same direction. You’ve got to demonstrate a sense of commitment to your goal.
“Until one is committed,” wrote the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” Yet, “the moment one definitely commits oneself,” he continued, “then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
Just as in creativity, when you want to feel the exquisite experience of flow and so you begin and continue, the way out of feeling stuck is to start. As you choose again and again to continue, remember that Goethe is cheering you on: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
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