In an earlier blog, “keep a door or window open,” I encouraged the artist to stay open so that more inspiration enters. However, there is such a thing as Inspirational Overload.
This is dangerous territory for me. I am a great creative idea generator. There are people who get paid for being “Ideas Men/Women.” Innovators! That is their job title. They do not have to bring the idea to fruition…they just have to keep coming up with new and viable ideas. Then, a team of creatives runs with the idea, developing it into a product.
When I get a new idea, I want to run with it, abandoning all of the other great ideas that are in various stages of development. This is troublesome for me because, then, I don’t bring an earlier idea in process to completion. I surround myself with puddles of incompletion. Recognizing that I’m only one person with a limited amount of time and energy, I tap into my own frustration and immobility.
In such times, I have learned to choose ONE THING that won’t take more than a few days to complete. I follow it from start to finish while quieting the niggling voices that tug at me from every side. I play my favorite music and get busy doing that one thing. Whenever I am tempted to leave it in a state of partiality, I don’t walk away. I stay with it. I see it through to the end…completing the tiny details of it whether it is a piece of writing, a painting or a fabric creation. I get it to that state where I can say with absolute finality. THIS IS DONE!
Hooray! I’ve completed something. I’ve moved the paralyzing energy of inspirational overload. I’ve created a piece! It’s important to take time to bask in that feeling for a little while. (Isn’t bask a great word?)
I’ve proven to myself that I have the focus and follow-through to bring something to completion. In bringing a project to completion, there is fulfillment of the promise that was sparked with the original idea. Now, I feel ready to go forward with whatever is next having renewed faith in my capability to complete something.
Have you had this experience of the enchantment of new inspiration? What is your method of dealing with this? Do you have too many unfinished projects? Try working on and completing one small thing. What is your feeling afterwards?
Please feel free to share your own thoughts under the comments.
Note: Why not gather a few friends and give yourself a party to show off your creation…toast yourself with apple cider, champagne or your beverage of choice!