The two kinds of creative block are often considered to be psychological fails. I don’t believe they are, most of the time.
Most of the time, they’re down to an educational failure. We’re not taught what we need to know, at the creative level. We don’t know how to consciously create.
Aspiring creativists or creative entrepreneurs who don’t progress are said to come in two types, either under-motivated or overly driven.
- The first, and most common is those who find it too hard to get the work done. They may be chaotic, unwilling to change, or self-sabotaging, but they fall off at one of the seven stages of the creative process.
- The second are those with successful but unsustainable endeavors. They get there, but they’re unhappy, over-extended and over-busy, or in some other way unable to stay the course.
Which type are you? Are you surprised to know that it doesn’t really matter.
These Two Are One
These look like problems at opposite end of a spectrum.
Actually, the underlying syndrome is exactly the same for both. Which is why both feel similarly painful.
Both are also often attributed to faulty psychology or outright dysfunction: the creative is too lazy, weak, narcissistic, chaotic [insert judgemental adjective here] to succeed.
It’s my experience, after working with countless creatives and creativists, that the underlying cause is educational, not psychological.
It’s often simply a matter of not knowing how to consciously create.
- In both groups you’ll find people who have not taken the fundamental steps:
– established a personal definition of success
– worked out the point at which their passion, purpose and principles meet
– understood the universal creative process by which everything is made
– understood their own creative process and how it applies commercially
– learned how to ignite the create state
– found their proper pacing
Bringing these fundamentals together, and understanding the five inner elements of conscious creation [passion, process, principles, practice and pace] is what we call “going creative”.
And holding those inner elements in place as you tackle a three-step sequence for pitching your projects and raising your profile [produce, publicize, partner] is what we call creative success.
More on this over the coming weeks — and in our day workshop in London.