“If you want to be an artist of any sort, it seemed to me, then handling your frustration is a fundamental aspect of the work, perhaps the single most fundamental aspect of the work. Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration is the process.” – Elizabeth Gilbert,Big Magic
“I’m going to start a daily blog” sounds great in your head, for about 12 seconds. Then the fears and doubts kick in.
“You’ll run out of things to say after a week.”
“You don’t have the discipline to publish daily.” “You’ll produce a ton of crap.”
Sounds Familiar? Ahh, self-talk, where would I be without it? This little conversation is one I had in my own head before starting this very Blog. But I went ahead and gave myself permission to do it anyway. And I am glad I did all thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert.
Be Brave & Give yourself permission
There is a lot of treasure hidden within you that needs to be brought out. However, many people do not have the courage for this. Elizabeth states that
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. You need to give yourself permission to create something to start something even if you start at zero. But you need to overcome it by giving yourself permission by saying that you will start no matter if it’s from the scratch or from zero.”
The fun part (the part where it doesn’t feel like work at all) is when you’re actually creating something wonderful, and everything’s going great, and everyone loves it, and you’re flying high. But such instants are rare. Only persistence will keep you going and focused.
Also, what are the motives of your project? Many people also feel like they are not ready to be creative because they do not know what reasons they have with their creative thinking. You do not have to save the world for you to be creative. Just be creative in your own little way. Further, you do not need to have a formal education regarding whatever you are doing.
Keep your day job and let it fuel your creative affair
Elizabeth has also shared various key lessons, such as Keep your day job and let it fuel your creative affair, the author said that after returning from your day job free yourself from bill payments and daily necessity bills stress and make yourself creative and do something which you like the most.
Manifest your Ideas
Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have the will. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner.
“It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”
Ideas are around us and when an idea finds you, or you find one you feel the inspiration go through your body. It is a magical feeling that ignites your creative juices. When you accept an idea, it grows. With growth, it is possible for the idea to get sidetracked or even go away. You need to act on it with enthusiasm and passion so that it can blossom into fruition.
Seek Love not Doubt – Many artists believe that their work thrives only in sadness. They deem anguish as the only authentic emotional experience for creativity. But this is not true. If you love your art and your art loves you back, then you should trust in your abilities and create regardless of your emotions. Choose love over anguish and with time your art will learn to love you back.
Creativity is a Sacred Call
Quoting Elizabeth here, “Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and an incredible privilege.” In Short respect your inner calling and nurture it instead of toning it down.
Elizabeth Gilbert definitely has a way with words, and you can tell she is a professional and passionate about what she writes. The book is exciting and full of profound wisdom so you should read the book if you want to fan your creativity.
Only when you toil will you know when “The”idea has found you and the magic happens.