First off, I know the last few blog posts have been kind of spotty. I’m hoping to get back into it, starting now, with renewed urgency and regularity. Here we go…
You know how when we’re young, it’s OK to be a “jack of all trades”? You can draw a purple tree one minute, then be a pirate the next, and it’s OK. In fact, it’s encouraged. At least, it was for me. As a kid, I was obsessed with film, went through a robots stage, an aliens stage, and eventually “settled” on music when it was decided that that was what I was really good at.
Now, I can’t really draw that purple tree. Time flies, and before we know it, we can’t so easily get away with doing everything. Trouble is, sometimes we still want to.
There’s a tendency in creative people to leave projects unfinished. For every band we’ve heard of, there’s about a million that never made it past the first four months. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the demands of adult life, but also a lack of focus on the part of the collaborating members.
This lack of focus seems to come with the creative territory, just as hyper-focus does. Mozart is said to have had attention deficit hyper-disorder. Though not a subscriber to common beliefs about ADHD, I do think that the condition of swinging from one branch to the next is a real issue for a lot of creative people.
A proposed solution: QUELL your creativity. The urge inside us to create more and more is ravenous, like a hungry bear, and sometimes can be destructive. What once served us as kids can now be dangerous. I find that in this distracting world, I really do need to “beat back” my creative impulses sometimes, in order to hone in on the one thing that really needs my attention.
Our brilliant ideas have to be marketable, at least when first starting out. That’s why developing the one thing that we’re really good at is one popular mode of progress in any artistic industry. It becomes an almost daily struggle to choose which impulses serve us and which do not – one which can only come about through intense focus on what it is we truly desire. When are some times that you have had to turn off, or turn down, your right brain (creative) in order to hone in on the right (practical)?