How finding a simple 'cause' might be the secret shift you need to accelerate your creativity
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Sometimes, I feel stuck and disinterested in my work.
But I am quicker these days to diagnose the problem.
Often, it's because I haven't been eating or sleeping well. This requires that I get conscious about the problem first of all or learn about how to eat and sleep better if I need to. I know I can’t cheat on sleep.
I need my seven hours or more to be motivated to create. When I fix those, I feel a lot better, and my energy levels improve noticeably.
But if I still feel like I'm in a rut, there could be a number of other psychological reasons at play.
How we see our work and ourselves in the context of the world around us makes a huge difference.
For example, if it seems my work isn't making much of a difference, I get burned out more easily.
If that’s how I feel, I know I better figure out why I’m doing all this pronto.
This is why it's so important to re-jig things in my mind so that I see my work as part of a greater mission — a cause even.
What's a cause?
It's that thing you're fighting for through the work you do.
This is usually absent with most people, who wonder why they keep burning out.
This ‘enemy’ is often something bad in the world or something you want to change in yourself.
I get jacked up when I remind myself that I'm doing this to inspire others to be their authentic selves.
I see far too much self-censorship and fear of failure, and I know I struggled with this immensely growing up. These have become my enemies, fueling my cause and enthusiasm for writing, coaching and creating.
Through my writing, stories, videos and books, I'm on a mission to inspire others to be themselves and create more from a place of truth.
I am inspired by knowing my work contributes to helping people overcome self-sabotage and limitation so they can express themselves fully through creative projects. This very book is a great example.
Just sharing this means I’m already way more fired up right now — I'm being serious.
So, figure out the reasons behind doing what you do. That’s often a major catalyst for getting enthusiastic in what you’re doing.
This might start with a brainstorming session, where you list out all the good reasons for what you’ve set out to do.
Just seeing it all written out like that will fire you up. If you can identify a singular cause, that’s even better.
What's your cause, and how can you line it up with the creative work you do every day?
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