“I think I may have had my last creative idea.”
“I feel completely stuck!”
“It is over. I am seeing my business circling the drain!”
Does any of this sound like you?
The most common causes of creative block I encounter are fear (of failure or success) and perfectionism (wanting to do it right or not at all). In fact, I sense that you do have a brilliant new idea right in front of you, and the actual “block” is what is keeping you from picking it up, running with it, and getting it out into the world.
Obsessing over the situation won’t help you move through it. Instead, I recommend you switch your perspective and have some fun!
Here are a couple of practices to try.
Practice #1: Loosen your hand.
When artists get stuck, they do something called “loosening your hand”, an exercise you can do in less than 20 minutes. You’ll need:
· a timer set for 60 second
· a large drawing pad
· colored pens or pencils
Here’s what you do:
· Pick an object near you.
· Start the timer and draw a quick sketch of the object. Try to let go. Don’t try to make it look perfect or good, just loosen your hand.
· When 60 seconds are up, pick a new object, reset your timer, and repeat the step above until you have 15 sketches.
· For the final minute, sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and notice the vibrations in your body.
Practice #2: Break up your routine.
Google has an 80/20 rule: 80% work + 20% free time to develop creativity. If you aren’t already booking creative development time in your schedule, make a date with yourself now to shake things up. Take a detour on your lunch break or close up shop an hour early one day to:
· visit a museum
· walk or sit in a park
· buy art supplies or a new pen + journal
Choose an activity that appeals to you—or try something that is outside of your “box”—to inspire and feed your creativity.
If you continue to feel blocked, let’s schedule a session to explore and discuss how you might move forward.
I invite you to revisit this blog over the next few months as we will continue to explore how to overcome obstacles to entrepreneurial success and stay focused, fabulous, and creative!