Ideas are messy and unpredictable.
They come to us as a quick jolt, as a gentle nudge, as a rush of energy.
They come to us when we’re in the shower, in the car, or sitting in a meeting.
They can nag at us–waiting for us to sit down and put them to paper.
However, often, when we do, they come out messy still. (Even when we think we’ve got it all planned out.)
The translation from inner to outer world can be challenging.
This is where we can get stuck. It’s easy to become discouraged in this space. It can be tempting to stop here.
However, I’ve found it helpful to keep in mind that creating is like working a ball of clay.
Our ideas start off in raw form, or they don’t have much form at all.It's when we want to put the project aside, that's usually when we are just warming up.Click To Tweet
Commit to one more look over. A few more words. Keep it low commitment. Eventually, like clay, it will start to take shape.
The more we work at something, the more we infuse energy and intention into it, the more it will come to form.
I’ve reworked my about page tons of times, I’ve rewritten articles over and over, I’ve played with drafts for long periods of time before it felt right. All of these projects I’ve wanted to throw in the towel on at some point.
It’s easy to want things to come out cleanly and simply. Sometimes they do. However, more often than not they come out messy and unrefined.
Think of yourself as a sculptor. Starting, warming, massaging and allowing your innate creativity to come to form in beautifully surprising ways.
The messy beginnings ask us to put our defenses down and allow the work guide us. It’s about releasing outcomes, engaging our curiosity, allowing the dance with the idea to shape the end result.
Ideas flow through us regularly. Translating idea to form is about meeting it with the energy of creativity itself. Doing so is a simple shift in perspective. Following through is about massaging it, little by little, through small acts of doing the work.