Have a great weekend!
An excerpt from James Clear’s newsletter today:
Your 1st blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great.
Your 1st workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong.
Your 1st meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused.
Put in your reps.
And an article on…
A reminder to readers: This blog isn’t about my preaching to you as much as it is about me getting myself moving in the right direction.
My next post: My wife asks to see some of my recent work…Uh-ohhhh. How do I package all these various creative ventures…and misadventures?
“Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel,
build on to that which is already excellent.”
― Auliq Ice
Here is another person’s look at creative reinvention.
One of the books by Todd Henry.
Take a look at the preview pages in Goodreads.
My favorite points:
- “Cultivating a love of the process is the key to making a lasting contribution.”
- “Don’t be a mirror, passively reflecting the priorities of others.”
- “You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something that you bring to your work that no one else could. If you relinquish that power, then it will never see the light of day and you will always wonder ‘what if?’ The price of regret is incalculable.”
For our purposes, let’s clarify the word ‘work’. While Todd might be directing the last quote toward the working world, it also applies to those creating for themselves.
Which leads to Srini Rao’s Audience of One. This book’s subtitle says it all:
Thanks for reading.
And keep creating. And trying ‘new stuff’. [Any little change counts–a new ingredient to a recipe, a new walking route, a new restaurant. Anything that shakes your day, adds interest to your waking hours, even just a little.]
If you hear yourself uttering the words, “I’ve always wanted to try…”, well, that’s a sign.
I’m in the middle of a self-imposed month-long ‘sketch-a-day’ challenge.
What for? It pushes my observational skills, for one. And it’s contributing to this project.
Honestly, while there is a price tag attached, it really is an ongoing work directed toward that ever-present ‘audience of one’. Take a look at the items available for free preview and if you know any teachers, feel free to pass along the URL.
I also posted this yesterday: Finish Your Words and Then You Can Feed Me!
More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .
From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]
Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
Do you have any tips to share?
I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .
Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.
From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]
Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]
Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]