Movement and creativity are close allies. When you’re feeling uninspired or stuck, what do you do?
In this week’s episode of the podcast I talk about why motion is key to loosening up our creative process, broadening perspective, and bringing life to our living.
In an article called ‘When You’re Feeling Uninspired’, Jeff Goins talks about the difference between being blocked and being empty.
He says: Depending on what’s going on today, there may be two reasons for your feeling uninspired:
One may be a real case of what Steven Pressfield calls the Resistance — your own laziness, outside distractions, or some other negative force keeping you from making a difference. If that’s the case, then you only have one choice: show up, do the work.
However, if you’re feeling empty, be careful. You could waste hours sitting in front of a computer screen or with a guitar on your lap. If this is the case, you may need to step away and go do something that fills you up — play with your kids, listen to music, go for a run.
I have a home recording studio set up in our small second bedroom. I record every podcast in there… except for this one. No, episode 93 was recorded in the kitchen, and is in fact broadly based around the very fact that it was recorded in the kitchen. Because moving from where you do what you do can open up possibilities and expand your ability to invite fresh ideas and creativity.
Whether you are blocked or empty, move. Go to a different room. Sit on a different chair at a different table. STAND at your desk. Move some furniture about. Leave the building, go somewhere else entirely.
I often get inspired when I’m exercising in some way. Whether I’m in the swimming pool, at the gym, or out for a walk. I generate a lot of my ideas in these places. The actual process of moving and engaging in physical motion can have such a profound affect on the brain. It might be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling stuck or empty. But it can be an absolute game changer.
Over to You
Question: Do you ever move position when you’re struggling to do what needs to be done? Where do you go? (Please leave your answer in the comments below)
Emptiness I by Erich Ferdinand (via Compfight)