Let’s get this party started!
In the War of Art – one of my FAVORITE books on the creative process – Steven Pressman talks about what it takes to be a warrior as an artist.
And that is . . .
To show up under all circumstances every day and treat it like a job. It not only generates commitment but also sets a foundation to keep producing, even if it’s not a particularly “good” day.
And Steven King, who wrote in his book On Writing says he does the same thing.
My past writing teacher, Natalie Goldberg, author of The True Secret of Writing, encourages her students to schedule time each week to write and to show up for it like on a scheduled meditation retreat.
An old teacher and friend of mine, Don Miguel Ruiz, writes:
You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes a difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.
O.K. So the experts know it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be experts.
So . . .
What are you willing to commit to this week? To schedule out and attend to?
It’s so fun really . . . showing up. It gives us unlimited energy. The reward—if you’re committed—is AMAZING.
But we need willingness first.
Do you know those Couch to 5K apps? They’re designed to get someone who isn’t really into exercising onto the pavement in easy increments so that they become a better runner.
(Side note: I HATE RUNNING!)
But I did the program. And when I was ready for my first 5K run, I threw a full blown temper tantrum.
I scheduled it and went but, while waiting for them to blow the horn, I had a panic attack.
Half way through, up a tough hill, I started walking. I was pissed at myself. But I continued with the app when I got home.
6 months later, I scheduled another run. I sprinted my ass off. I was high as a kite meeting the finish line.
When I look back at the pic I remember the ecstatic feeling. It’s like every moment I choose to dive into the creative process.
Wishing you a week of partying it up!