When you have a chocolate craving, what do you do: Give in to it or ignore it? I’ll venture to guess that most of us give in to it! (And why not?!)
When you have a craving to create, what do you do: Grab your supplies and begin, or let the familiar “tomorrow, definitely” or “after I get my to-do list done” take over.
Throughout my life I have had a craving to write. I don’t know where it came from but it has always been there, even as I practiced other types of art. I thought about it most days, but I constantly put it off because I find writing difficult. I would tell myself “I need a big block of time” or “I need to begin where I am really inspired.” I envisioned beginning my lifelong writing habit while sitting on an ancient stone on top of Machu Picchu or enjoying coffee and ‘media lunas’ at a Buenos Aires cafe.
Those experiences have come and passed years ago, and I held the memories in my mind knowing that one day I would write them down. But waiting for the perfect time left me with blank pages, so one day I just sat down and wrote about a few exceptional experiences. The next day I wrote a few more. Before I knew it I had a small writing habit.
Creative cravings can only be satisfied by action. If you feel that desire to create something, today is the best day to start.
Here are a five tips to help you start:
- Do something everyday, even if it is for only 10 minutes. Write a few paragraphs, do a few sketches, start a craft.
- Finishing is not the goal. The act of setting time to create is the goal.
- Keep your supplies in view. Putting everything away makes it easier to give in to “tomorrow.”
- Create cues to get you started. When the baby falls asleep, make that a cue to get started creating. At the end of the day, when you pick up the remote to watch TV, instead of clicking ‘power’, make that into a cue to get creative.
- Display your completed projects to keep you inspired and feeling accomplished.
What is it that you crave to do? What is stopping you?