Creative people are everywhere. In today’s world, it’s often an essential quality, no matter what business you’re in. And creative people are rarely, if ever, creative in one field only. You’ll find painters are also musicians, writers are performers, animators are sculptors and so on. Often those who seem to have most creative potential have, and need, the most outlets for their creativity.
This is a problem.
It’s a problem because, to be great what you do, you have to work at it, learn, improve, refine. You need focus. The vision and drive to just keep doing one thing until you’ve cracked it.
That focus isn’t easy. For a start, it assumes you know exactly where you’re going (many of us don’t and, for a long time, I certainly had no clue). And it requires you resist some of those urges pulling you in different creative directions. The good news is that focus breeds more focus but I find it a good idea to ask some questions on a pretty regular basis.
If I could only achieve one aim, and no more, what would it be?
And then, every time I’m working on something:
Is this working towards my goal? Or pulling me away from it?
If it’s the latter, STOP! Recognise it for what it is ‘ an indulgence. A sign you’re not focusing. Something that won’t bring you to where you want to go. Would that time be better spent doing something that will contribute directly to your aim?
BUT! But, but, but, but…
At times, there’s nothing wrong with those indulgences, to keep ourselves open and fulfilled. Those creative outlets allow us to let ourselves go, just have fun. Do things just for ourselves. And it does happen that one of those indulgences leads to a happy accident, something that points us in a new direction or brings something we can pull back towards our real aim. It happens. But, until it does, be honest about what they are ‘ indulgences. And prioritise them as such. Recognise them for what they are and, if you still choose to pursue them, make that an active choice. This is my playtime.
Most people who happen upon this little site will know what my aim is. But below, you’ll find just a few of my indulgences. Those things I do just for fun. Mostly, just for me.
There you have it. Just a few of my indulgences. Add video games, gadgets and a serious amount of music-listening and that about completes the list. So what are your indulgences? And if you had to choose just one aim, letting go of everything else, what would it be?