We often struggle to juggle all the things in our life. Thinking about adding an extra project can seem impossible and even unnecessary. Why should we want more?
Many times the behaviors that have allowed us to be successful, created internal frameworks and patterns of action that became too intense or self-sacrificing. These experiences can cause us to believe that the only way to get back to that level of creative work is by incorporating the same intensive habits as before. It can also make us struggle to reconcile being in gratitude with our current life while also wanting more.
We live in an era of constant distractions. This causes us to put our attention on short term projects and things that seem important but may not really be a priority for us. In turn, our constant changing of activities causes our attention spans to become shorter and shorter.
The good news is that our brains can be flexible and adaptable. True breakthroughs happen when we are discover ways to incorporate new thoughts and behaviors that can help us get to the next level in pursuing our goals. Becoming in tune with your artistic side can be a great way to incorporate these new behaviors in your life.
Why should you want to create artistic projects? What does this do for you?
- Becoming in touch with your artistic side can give you an opportunity to experience a state of flow and consciousness that you really can’t achieve in your daily activities and often times hectic schedules. It can increase your attention span and your overall sense of being in the moment, versus being in a constant state of rush, worrying about what lies ahead or what happened in the past.
- The principles that lead you to be successful in your artistic craft can permeate into your life philosophy. Some of these principles include focus, discipline, commitment, assertiveness, and empowerment. Just like you use these in order to successfully execute a musical performance, the same attitudes can be transferred into life approaches. Empowerment in music can be empowerment in life. The same intention of deliberate effect and proactive action that we apply in order to perform a piece at the highest degree of excellence, can become a regular reminder to instill this philosophy in everything else you do in your life.
- Consistency vs Intensity. There is so much value in having consistency in what you do, versus needing a long segment of time in order to allow yourself to activate your artistic work. By practicing and doing something on a regular basis, rather than waiting for sporadic bursts of inspiration in order to get into this state, you experience a constant reminder for daily action.
Why create artistic projects versus just practice?
Doing it as a real project allows you to justify your time and effort in a way that becomes tangible and with a purpose. Working on creating a specific artistic venture gives you deadlines, needed pressure, and therefore makes you pursue it with a higher degree of excellence and commitment.
What you can do?
A great way to start this process is by realizing that unless you decide that it is a priority in your life, it won’t even happen. We have so many competing things in our lives, with our families, our jobs, etc. I encourage you to commit to creating the space for it in your life, whatever that looks like.
As musicians, we tend to be very perfectionists and want to over analyze and perfect things before bringing them to the public eye. I encourage you to not wait for all your “ducks to be in a row” before starting your next artistic venture. Be willing to be flexible in the process and adapt as you go.
I expand on all of this in my FB video below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of this so feel free to post a comment below or send me a message through my contact page.
If you’d like to have an opportunity to dig deeper into what this could like for you, then I invite you to schedule a discovery call with me where we can further explore how you could incorporate an artistic project as part of your day-to-day life.