"It is your passion that empowers you to be able to do that thing you were created to do." - T. D. Jakes
Ah, but what happens when the passion dries up?
I don’t know about you, but there are times that I just can’t find the passion to jump into that creative project that I know I need to get started, finished, or out to the public. Now for my creative clients I don’t have that problem because, well, I can’t! It’s my job. But in my own personal music, writing, blogging, and other artistic pursuits, I just sometimes would rather do something, anything else!
So what do you do when you can’t gather the gumption (as we say in the South) to get to your creative work?
1. Go get inspired.
See a movie, buy a new CD, go to an art show, binge watch a new TV program, or go to Disney World (my personal favorite.) Do something that gets your creative juices jumpstarted.
2. Hang out with passionate people.
You likely know other people who follow their creative passion. Have lunch or coffee with them. Ask them about their current creative projects, and talk about your ideas and dreams.
We don’t have to be in this alone. God has purposely put creative people in your life. Seek them out and hang!
3. Persevere until the passion returns.
The main way to get your passion back is to…wait for it.... (See what I did there?)
That’s right, just wait. Stay at it, and maybe just show up to be creative.
"You will not be able to muster passion all the time. Human beings are not built to be perpetual volcanoes. You may go for days just forcing yourself to show up at your creative work. That forcing and that showing up are honorable and necessary. At the same time, do not try to locate and kindle your passion. You don't need it, and you can't have it, every day, but you do need it as your core orientation. Something in you must ignite at least some of the time if your work is to feel alive and if you are to feel alive." - Eric Maisel
It may seem hard and you may just want to quit doing anything related to your creative talent. It’s too hard a life. It doesn’t always pay and when it does it’s really unpredictable. But eventually, that passion will return if you just hang in there.
"Passion has a surprising counterpart: perseverance. So many people quit what could be a life calling not because the calling dried up but because their passion did. Sometimes perseverance is the only difference between what you are currently feeling and what you will once again feel." - Carey Nieuwhof
Sometimes it’s just important to get through those times of discouragement, or when life has you tied up in things that you have to tend to. Building marriages raising kids, busy day jobs, struggling to pay bills, and other things can and will take up your time. They may zap your creative spirit and put it off for a while. This is all very natural.
But your muse will return. Your job is just to be there when it does.
“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” - Isabel Allende
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is a producer, author and other stuff, and goes through these periods of passion turning on and off like a faucet. The good news is it always comes back. If we can help you in any way to rekindle or find your creative passion, contact us here.
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