I am far from an expert on getting things done. Most of my life I’ve been more of the creative type that does my work when the moment of inspiration strikes.
The problem with that style of working and trying to run a business with a family is that…well…it doesn’t work.
THE PROBLEM WITH INSPIRATION.
If you’re still working only when inspiration strikes, you likely feel overwhelmed and worried. You probably have a massive to-do list that grows every day. You spend more time dreaming of new projects than doing work on the previous schemes that need to get done.
That was me too.
But as I’ve matured in my business (guys, I’m so mature!), I’ve come to appreciate the skill of summoning the inspiration through the act of DOING THE WORK.
HERE’S THE BIG TRICK: if it’s on my calendar…I do the work. Regardless of whether I’m feeling it or not. Mind blowing right?
For creatives, this idea can be mind blowing. It goes against everything in our body. But it’s crucial if you want to succeed at your craft. It’s crucial if you want to take yourself from amateur to professional.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FORCE THE WORK.
My uninspired self tells me that doing work when I’m not ready will definitely result in crappy work. But my more seasoned self knows otherwise.
A funny thing happens when I force myself to DO THE WORK even when I’m not inspired. I become inspired in the process. It’s totally counter-intuitive. But it’s true.
In fact, I’ve been so strict at forcing myself to do the work lately that I actually became inspired to create this masterpiece .gif below.
Backstory: In 2015 before my iPhone had time-lapse video, I made Paul take a whole series of still photos of me doing this amazing snow angel with the intention of making an animated gif. Well…two years later, after the inspiration had LONG passed I FINALLY took those photos off my phone and got around to doing it.
Aren’t you so grateful I’ve finally developed this DO THE WORK mentality?? ;) What would you have done if I never created this .gif?! Horrible. Right?
This is obviously a silly example. And a totally pointless video. But this silly quick project that had been sitting unaccomplished and taking up mental energy was in it’s small way undermining my power.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What unfinished projects do you have laying around that are taking up your mental energy and undermining your finish power?
Just think of all of the awesomeness that you’re depriving the world of if you’re waiting around for inspiration to strike!
So, next time you want to run from your task list because you’re not in the mood or afraid you aren’t ready to create – don’t run. Sit down and DO THE WORK.
I promise you’ll find inspiration on the way.
ps. feel free to click on the DO THE WORK graphic at the top of the post to download as a daily reminder :)