If you are in to doing any sort of activity that requires you to think outside the box and is always motivated to do better than the last time then my fellow creative individual, there will be times you must be frustrated, not because you cannot do what you do well but because you are tired of relentlessly employing your brain to do better but for some reason you don’t seem to do as well as you, yes you yourself expect.
This is when you are experiencing a Creative Block, in simple words when you’re Out Of Ideas.
Creative block is something every creative individual goes through often multiple times during their career. Whether it is videography, photography, writing, singing, you name it.
Creative block can be turned in to your advantage if you are ready to accept it. Here is the reason why I haven’t been posting much, in fact not posting at all for a significant time.
Before you may ask, I don’t blame my absence on creativity or anything else, I just want you the fellow reader to understand, and hopefully someday realize you are having a creative block and know how to deal with it.
Take a break from the usual
There is no denying a good break from the ordinary life can be refreshing both for the body and the mind.
Here is why you could shake off the block by taking a break.
Boost from Vacation
Not only a vacation relaxes your body but often times gives you the opportunity to see and experience the world from other perspectives that could contribute to your creative mind and break the Creative Block.
This could be one reason why businessman often travel to Bangkok, Thailand for short stays? IDK
Get into the uncomfortable zone.
Maybe, keeping your play in the comfort zone ensures your superiority in the small sector that you already play in.
However, going out of the box and swimming in uncharted waters prepares yourself for any challenge that you may face, including creative block.
Do what you wouldn’t do otherwise;
Try not to compare yourself
The worst thing you can do to yourself is comparing your works with others of the same profession. While it is logical to look into others work for inspiration and also for keeping up with the latest and best trend. That is where the line of looking into others has to end. The moment you try comparing yourself to others is when you decide to fight a war that is fought in your mind where both opponents are yourself. No matter the outcome the losses are paid by yourself, often in terms of depression, demotivation, and lack of confidence without actually realizing your full potential.
What should you do if you’re already feeling the backlash of war?
In simple words, take a peaceful walk around the field. Scout what’s going on in the field.
Yes, when you take a moment to think about something with the mindset of actually making it better, the magic happens. The power of intuition helps you release and resolve all your problems.
When you talk a peaceful walk around the field, you can;
Identify the actual potential of the market, the potential of big players, how you have an edge, your strengths, your weaknesses, and most of all it will help you find your true self.
Now all that remains is getting back to doing what you were doing with a refreshed motivation and energy to tear the world apart.
Seminars/ gatherings and collaborations
Only a fool would decline an opportunity to meet and spend time with like-minded people. This may sound a little uncomfortable to introverts, but when you do the magic happens.
Not only you get ideas and valuable information from others but most importantly working with others will help you identify your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities you have.
This is why professionals find time in their busy schedule to gather up and share a good cuppa coffee with fellow professionals. You may think they are just enjoying caffeine, but their mind is busy running SWOT analysis on the fellow person, often unintentional to yourself.
So next time, don’t miss that BBQ or gathering by the name of completing an unfinished project that is falling behind the timeline.