Do you mean to show up for your business or your creative passion then find yourself distracted with many days you “don’t feel like it”? Read on…
Money worries. Frustrations in your relationship. Physical malady. Insatiable food cravings. All other manner of mental chatter.
There are so many things which can lead you to “not feel” up to or worthy of creating.
What are the most common interruptions of your creative process (or tasks in your business)? Do you know what takes you out of the ‘game’?
If not, start keeping a list!
And better yet, while IN those moments… break out a notepad (real or app, your choice) and consider how you can move through this form of creativity interruptus when it comes up again.
On November 24, after days of urges and nudges to return to my first true love (writing), I thought through this calling to return to writing, and I noticed where I had resistance. I want to announce to the world (and actually follow through on) a commitment to writing daily. The last time I did this for an extended period (months) was in the year 2017. So as I thought about it 12 days or so ago, I carried the shame of having “given up” in 2017.
I recognized, too, that the resistance was more than that shame about stopping in 2017. But I didn’t sit that day and really dig into what the resistance was in entirety. Instead I put it on my to-do list: “Journal on resistance to daily content commitments.”
After writing that task on my to-do list, I gave it a mere few minutes thought, enough that I acknowledge that the resistance included this: There are days I just don’t feel like it or I have no energy.
That night of November 24, I drew an arrow to move the task forward as I’d not completed it, and yet I didn’t get around to it.
Then two of the things that always throw me for a loop hit me on the morning of December 4: Broken sleep and financial concerns.
Awake earlier than I wanted to be on a day I didn’t need to set an alarm, I was a grump before I’d gotten the alert that my bank account dipped below an amount I feel comfortable with. That brought up worry and unpleasant expectation in addition to my grumpiness.
Then I spent the day sulking. After 5 p.m. I was beating myself up for letting so much of the day pass by without having written or posted about my coaching services that are available. I was also hangry.
So I stuffed my face and began writing in a notebook. Freewriting about the crappy day I’d had, my poor choices throughout the hours of the day, and how I felt.
Three pages later I reached something close to neutral energy about my “wasted day.” And I reckoned that even if the day was indeed “wasted,” and I didn’t write a blog post for the day or make a sales post or anything else productive, there was one thing I could do to benefit from this pitstain of a day: I could consider how I wish I’d handled the day and made different choices from the beginning so that broken sleep and financial concerns didn’t cost me a full day.
The list was simple enough.
How I wished I’d handled the day:
- [Throat-clearing on this first point:] I am having trouble answering as I am tempted to throw a hissy fit that I’m in this situation. There’s an inclination to blame but I don’t want to do that.
- Write out gratitudes to God for when & how He has provided for me before.
- Turn to a list of planned content topics to work with. (Instead of thinking several times through the day, I should be writing, but I have nothing to write about or nothing I could write now would be helpful or worth anyone reading.)
- [Then I remembered the main theme that I’d decided in November my blog would focus on, giving me an immediate list of content ideas that had eluded me all day.]
- Use my planner to remember and reflect on the new ideas & beliefs I’m still integrating.
- Listen to my body. I should have run an errand so I could pick up the ingredients for the food I was actually craving.
- Made a sales post, even if it wasn’t “perfect” so that I am building the habit/consistency I have decided to achieve with my sales efforts.
See I, like you, have days where I “just don’t feel like it,” and I’ve certainly let those moods have their way with me at the cost of decisions and ambitions of mine. These moods will continue to strike.
We have a responsibility to our greater ambitions to make the smaller choices that build disciplines and create results. The mindset work and the work of making the “smaller” choices doesn’t work when you put it off for later, though certainly if and when you do, you’ll get another chance again to choose discipline.