I recently read an article called “Getting Bold” in the January/February 2014 issue of the SCBWI Bulletin. Item number 6 suggests reading the books by Eric Maisel, a well-known creativity coach. I’m always up for new insights, and with the deep freeze and the new year, it seemed like a good time to check out something new. Boy am I glad I did!
Maisel uses cognitive therapy techniques to address many of the common issues facing creative people. He mainly deals with the mind traps we set ourselves, sometimes without even knowing it. Don’t be surprised if after reading his books, you’re racing to your studio or computer to get working. But even if it takes some time, baby steps are the key.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:
“My own mind is my own church.” –Thomas Paine
I love this one. No better place to get spiritual than inside yourself.
“Being and thought are one.” –Jean Dubuffet
Basically, we can manifest our own reality. It’s that simple.
One of the most important tools is learning how to STOP to START. Hush your mind. This will serve you in many ways.
*If you find yourself caught replaying the events of the day, try wearing a rubber band and snapping yourself with it. This should wake you up and get you back to work or at least out of your head.
Bottom line: If you want to be exceptional, don’t think so much. Just do the work. Everything else will follow.