I used to think it was a real thing, but now I don't.
They say the secret to getting unstuck is to DO.
Once you are doing, then you get stuff done.
This sounds simple but I struggle with doing every. dayyyyyyyy.
Some days I stop myself because the negative voices in my head (cue the new Ashley Tisdale song *see below ) are telling me how horrible what I'm doing is & how much I suck at doing the things I love doing.
Some days I don't even start because I think, what's the point, I'm not gonna make anything worthwhile!
In Hindsight, some of my favorite random creations have started on days where I stopped myself part way through making it. I should have just done it! Focused on finishing or getting to a good place & overcoming it !
I wonder what would have happened on those days when I didn't start at all?
I could be Einstein by now. Or a member of BTS. I should be! Ugh instead someone else is enjoying all my unfinished glory.
Another way to get unstuck is to go back through your old work & do revisions. (I'm actually doing that right now with this addition)
Oftentimes you find the spark of inspiration hidden in something you've already started. You find the passion you had for a minute before you turned on instagram or facebook or some other soul sucking device.
Or you just stopped because you were criticizing yourself so hard.
When you're looking back at old stuff you also find some really Baaaaad creations and you realize, wow , I'm so much better then dumb ole me.
Exercise is a great way to reboot your brain if you're feeling stuck. I need this reminder constantly.
Lately, swimming has really worked for me.
I also take a lot of dance classes.
I can now say I WAS the worst dancer in my high school show choir. I used to start out in the front *cuz I'm cute* and end up in the back *cuz I was a horrible dancer*. Dancing of all kinds would terrify me. It was my Achilles heal. Facing that fear and showing up regardless of how I felt has really made me feel a little bit like Cardi B. or RBG!
Walks in nature are always a good idea.
Anything that switches up your routine or helps you see differently. So good for those brains of yours.
Museums, Parks, PEOPLE WATCHING. (my fav.)
Make a list of your favorite things to do & DO them. Especially when you're in a bad mood.
Get out of the house.
Step away from your screens. Put it on airplane mode. Stop taking selfies of yourself with a cool filter that is interactive from a very certain angle that took you a really long time to perfect.
Catch up with a friend.
This is not a drill. You are alive and you are going to die. Just in case you missed that memo.
If you're not on a deadline & you don't feel inspired then go take a break.
Sometimes washing dishes or doing laundry are where your best ideas are hiding.
Create because you love to. If you forget you love to create look back at your artistic beginnings and find that love again. Find your purpose for doing! what really lights ya up!
If you are trying to make art/creation your profession figure out who you are creating for.
(Seth Godin www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/ &
Ryan Holiday ryanholiday.net are great people to look up if you need help on this.)
Review your goals regularly and readjust your aims.
(Derek Sivers talks about this a lot sivers.org)
I love any Tim Ferriss anything. (for the most part)
Always come back to the present moment & enjoy life as much as you can.
It's a gift! Look around you & smile.
Goldie Hawn once told me to focus on that feeling when you're about to laugh. Remember how that feels and try to feel like that all the time.
She didn't just tell me that it was at a huge event. But she did kiss me on the cheek when I went up to her and told her I watch all of her movies with my mom. ;)
& Remember if the Tis (Ashley Tisdale) can do it, so can you!