This morning I woke up to zero degree weather and a negative windchill. The wind was howling and my head was pounding. I had an appointment to exercise in the therapy pool and I was going through my head all the reasons I didn’t want to go. My head hurts, its cold out there, I have stuff to do. I almost talked myself out of it too. I got downstairs and halfway through the morning routine of getting my son ready for school I gave myself that proverbial kick in the pants. Five minutes I told myself, if you still don’t feel well after running for five minutes you can quit. I did end up running the entire half hour which I knew I would once I got there. The five minute trick is one I have forever used on myself as a runner. Whether it is showing up, or pushing myself on with just another five, it helps me to stay motivated on a goal that in the moment may feel like work but at the end gives me a sense of accomplishment and well-being.
What does this have to do with creativity? Everything, because half the battle is showing up when that inner-critic is trash talking in your head about why bother or you aren’t good enough or you don’t have time. None of those things are true and learning to ignore those little nasty thoughts with just five minutes of showing up will help to banish them. If you stop after the first five, so what, you were there and you created. Creating that routine with help it become a habit and once a habit starts it will grow.
What do you use to motivate yourself when you don’t feel up to creating?