I’ve always had an abundance of ideas about almost everything; far more than I could ever follow through on!
In fact, the more awareness and presence I cultivate the more creative I naturally become so the flow of inspiration continues to increase.
Of course this is wonderful for all of the projects I love creating for my work and personal priorities.
Yet it’s also a double-edged sword.
Managing the Creative Fire
Over the years I’ve had to learn to manage this creative fire and the intense energy that’s an integral part of it.
Yet there have been many occasions in the past where I’ve been left feeling depleted from having followed my enthusiasm for too many possibilities and ended up taking on too much.
I’d find myself at the end of the day noticing all the actions I hadn’t managed to complete for the multiple projects I was working on simultaneously and largely ignoring all the things I had made progress with.
Not Doing Enough
As a result, I often felt like I simply wasn’t doing enough and ought to be doing more.
Of course this is a negative pattern that ultimately leads to burn out.
When I realized what was going on, I came up with a solution that has transformed how I feel at the end of my working day and simultaneously contributed to a fundamental shift at every level of my being.
5 Good Things
I call the solution the “5 Good Things Creative Practice”
Essentially it’s about cultivating enough awareness to notice what’s happening because if you’re not aware of it, you’ll simply run the pattern unconsciously.
Then you need to make a conscious choice about where to focus your attention as this directly affects your perspective and your feelings about absolutely everything.
This practice leads you to do that and gives you the opportunity to train yourself to direct your gaze (and your creative energy) towards factors that support you to feel creatively alive and on track with your purpose.
Here’s how it works:
- Ideally you’ll decide on a similar time towards the end of each day to reflect on 5 good things that have occurred in the previous 24 hours.
This could be things you are grateful for like a special person in your life or having hot water out of the tap so you can soak in a nurturing bubble bath.
You could include things that have gone well for you like a piece of writing you’ve done or a tricky conversation that turned out better than you thought.
Or you might recognize small details like taking a few moments to savour the aroma of fresh coffee or listen to a bird singing to uplift your spirits.
- Write your 5 good things down in your journal.
It’s not enough to do this as an intellectual exercise and quickly think of 5 things then consider the practice ticked off your mental “to do” list!
It’s important to write down what you come up with, especially while you’re training yourself to develop this positive new habit.
It doesn’t need to take long; 10 minutes should be plenty. Yet putting pen to paper will strengthen the practice and give you the best results in terms of shifting your experience of life generally.
- Finally, re-read what you’ve written and take a few moments to feel the positive feelings the 5 good things will trigger in you.
Consciously let go of all that you’ve haven’t done or whatever details are relevant in your particular situation.
Acknowledge that you can revisit your priorities the next day and ensure you take care of whatever is most important to you.
For now, simply immerse yourself in the positive feelings of knowing that whatever still remains to be dealt with, you’ve got 5 good things to focus on; and that’s a good note on which to end the day!
What are your thoughts about this creative practice? Have you done anything similar in the past or do you have your own version of this now? If so, what benefits have you noticed? Please share your comments and experience below.