Creative people are able to perform activities and create works of art that they don’t even know how they are able to do. The most common question creative people hear is, “how did you do, or think of that?” Truly creative people don’t have an answer to that question they are simply inspired. An author can get an idea for a novel by seeing a sight as innocent as a bag blowing in the wind. A news clip or a comment from a friend is all that is often needed for a creative outburst. The source of creative inspiration and ability is a mystery even to creative people themselves. Regardless of the mystery creative talent is special and deserves to be cherished.
I believe there is an ability within all creative persons that magically provides access to a realm of the mind that most other people don’t posses. It is insight to a higher plane of consciousness, feelings, and desires. To get the most of that gift a creative person must love, care for, respect, and challenge their gift. That is the only way a creative gift will truly grow and flourish.
Never underestimate the power of being positive. It will lift you and carry you through times you will look back and question how you ever made it out with your skin in tack. Remaining positive is the start to keeping your creative entity happy. Doing good things for others and thinking positive thoughts are great ways to help remain positive. Practice thinking in the positive tense eliminating words like if, can’t, not, and don’t. Reword thoughts in your head so they are always positive, and you will notice the world is filled with countless opportunities once you attain a clear positive mind. It’s hard, sometimes seemingly impossible to always retain positive thoughts and actions but what a life altering difference once achieved.
Thank yourself constantly for your ability. Think of the various aspects of writing where you are proud of yourself and your ability, and mentally tell yourself how thankful you are. I know it sounds blatantly obvious, or corny. It doesn’t hurt to try, so do it and see what happens. By being thankful you make yourself consciously aware of your powerful gift. You will develop a deep level of respect for yourself and all the things that you are capable of achieving in life.
Never say, “I write but it’s no good, or no one will like what I’ve written.” When people say those words they are essentially afraid, or they know what everyone in the world likes. Only you can give yourself strength and self-esteem – hence the word self-esteem, not others-esteem. As far as knowing what everyone in the world enjoys, it is foolish to presume you could possibly know what everyone in the world likes to read. There is not an author alive who knows what everyone enjoys reading, they never know, they just write. Writers are their own worst, ruthless critics. Not everyone likes Dean Koontz, or even knows what he writes, but that has not stopped him from writing or having his work published. The truth is your knowledge of him, or your opinion of him has never stopped him from writing and submitting his work. Write about what you want, what you feel, or what you love – don’t worry about who will enjoy it. Develop goals, morals, and standards for yourself and just go.
When I get bogged down or begin to doubt myself due to the million curve balls life throws, I remember an analogy I heard about tasks that seem impossible. “Nothing’s impossible. It’s like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. It might take awhile, but if you keep chewing you will finish.” Remembering that has always helped me remain positive during hard times which at times seem to last for years. I know if I stay fast to my course I am strong enough to be victorious in the end. The great part is I am not special. Everyone has the same power over his or her own life.
Make yourself sleep. That advice sounds completely pointless to even bother mentioning to most people. If the ability to go without sleep does not relate to you, feel free to skip the following few lines. If you are creative, and you view sleep as a luxury you wish to enjoy some other time in life heed this warning – SLEEP EVERYDAY. I know how it feels to let the intensity of a project consume you to the point nothing else matters – not even sanity. That driving creative side needs rest or it becomes a dull blob. Keeping your gift sharp is part of your responsibility. Make yourself sleep at least 6-8 hours a day. Break it up if you must and sleep 3-4 hours, two times a day. You will be surprised what you can do on a fully charged mind. Actively keep it that way.
I once heard a sleep specialist explain how people could train themselves to forget how to sleep after years of not sleeping regularly. You will constantly have the side effects of insomnia including blurred vision, headaches, decreased appetite, irritability, and hallucinations. Only sleeping pills will bring relief. Actively research sleeping pills before you start relying on them for something you could do naturally. (I am of course talking to people who choose not to sleep because they feel their creation is a fleeting inspiration). I always said I would sleep when I was dead – my brain is too alive to lie in a bed. As I get older I realize that I will one day retire. What will I do with myself if I’ve forgotten how to sleep?
Possessing a creative gift sets you aside from mainstream society. Until a creative person learns to embrace their gift they will always disrupt their confines. If a person does not learn to embrace their gift the gap from the thinking of mainstream society increases, manifesting into inconformity and rebellion.
Creative people feel an alternate side of life so vividly it seems as real as the paper I am writing on. Non-creative people do not feel that side of life, nor are they able to comprehend its power. As creative people grow up they face painful lessons that are unfortunately experienced with very little readily available internal or external guidance. The journey sometimes tears creative people up becoming too much, causing a feeling of struggling against a system not even willing to consider their existence. Being creative often causes a feeling of being an outcast far beyond the majority’s acceptable norm. Those feelings are the prelude for reclusive and rebellious behavior. All the confusion, self-doubt, and the dire need of acceptance whirling into one will typically open the perfect gateway into drugs.
Nothing good will ever come from doing drugs. Imagine doing a drug the same time you are writing a piece of work. If the project ends up a personal success you would have to do that drug on all future projects just to be in the mindset you believe is necessary for creative success.
If you do drugs you might as well give your creative talent to someone else. Drugs will systematically deplete your ability and life goals. It will start, unannounced to you, consuming your talent and end with your entire soul.
Goals are the words used to define the powerful driving force in everyone’s life. What people truly want in life is exactly what their goals are. There is a difference between what people want and what people think they want. People say they don’t always get what they want. Everyone gets what he or she wants in life because EVERYONE receives the results of their actions. Our actions dictate the subliminal want that guides us to our true inner goals. Some people never take action in their lives. In a constantly evolving and stimulating world, no action is a choice of its own.
Never settle. After you have achieved your goals – change them. Always do something hard that you thought you could not do. Things you always wanted to do but scared yourself from for some foolish reason.
People make excuses everyday why outside forces interfered with their goals. There are no outside forces interfering with anything. An outside force is life and life happens to everyone. How people shape life and how they deal with various circumstances, determines the forces people give so much credibility as dictating their lives. Ultimately our energy and personal output determines our path. If a person ends in a place they don’t want to be in, it is easier to blame an imaginary force instead of facing the actual truth. That person messed up and let themselves down. Like it or not you will let yourself down more than a time or two. If you don’t, you never truly challenged yourself. Self-disappointment is a fact of life – pick up and persevere.
Constantly continue to challenge yourself. Achieving a goal just for the feeling of accomplishment is an inspirational idea. Strive to amaze yourself. Always stop to look at your life and say, “what a great life I lead!”
Any self-motivational book that holds the slightest potential for successful value will recommend mentally imagining the feeling of completing a goal. For me it helps my brain identify the clearest path to completion. The feeling of accomplishment drives me to succeed and literally obtain the feeling.
When starting a book you should actively define goals for yourself that you wish to accomplish from your story. Your goals could be as simple as write a book and make your friends laugh, or as complex as write a book and make a lot of money. Your goals are your choice.
I often wonder how my words could be of interest or found helpful by anyone. The world is a big place and people relate to a mixture of content, passion, feelings, and desires. If I let the realities of the scope of my goals bog me down I ultimately would self guess my work out of existence. The only realistic way to decrease the magnitude of my goals is to set myself up and then accomplish them one by one – one bite at a time.
It is extremely important to reward yourself for your hard work and accomplishing your goals. It gives you time to clear your mind and often that is when you will develop new goals. If you are able to take a vacation to a beach, island or the mountains, those are great ways to completely reset yourself. If you lack the ability to travel but you are CREATIVE you will be able to find numerous local escapes.