Before the Creative Process
The ‘why’ matters.
You know, the ‘why’ behind what we are doing or wishing to do.
The ‘why’ IS the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires us.
When you know your ‘why’, then your ‘what’ has more impact because you’re working towards your purpose.
~ Michael Jr.
I know this is true for me, and I’m betting we both can recall times in our life when we’ve seen this in action.
Those instances where we were so on fire and inspired we were unstoppable.
We had laser focus.
We knew what to do–when to do it–how to do it.
We were super clear on our ‘why.’
With a clear ‘why’, our direction feels natural and the answers obvious.
But then there have been those times when everything felt like too much.
We had too many unclear choices, too many ways it might fail.
We were listening to so many outside voices and opinions.
Confusion, fatigue, and the temptation to quit began showing up—all due to the absence of a clear ‘why’.
Comparing the times we’ve been clear and the times we haven’t can help us to understand the role ‘why’ plays.
I encourage you to pause here and think about both sides of the coin in your own experience.
Times you’ve been crystal clear on your ‘why’.
How did you feel?
Were the decisions easier to make?
What were the results of having a clear ‘why’?
What about the times you were knee-deep in ‘how’, ‘where’, and ‘what’—and realized you didn’t really know the ‘why’ of it all?
How did you feel then? How did the choices feel?
What were your results? Were you able to complete it?
He who has a why can endure any how.
Here’s the thing.
Energy, joy, and inspiration arise when we are acutely aware of our ‘why’.
Apathy, confusion, and exhaustion thrive in the absence of a clearly defined ‘why’.
We need to think of our ‘why’ like gasoline to our engines, the flame to our candle, the mojo to our creative undertakings.
Our ‘why’ taps us into an energy source of epic proportions (no kidding!).
It helps us push through barriers (both perceived and real!).
Our ‘why’ IS the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires us.
It’s why our ‘why’ truly matters!
Coming next — I’ll be sharing thoughts on ways to uncover and get clear on our ‘why’. Stay tuned!
P.S. The ‘why’ behind my giveaways this month?
Appreciation for life, for love, for getting the opportunity to give love and receive love.
I appreciate the connection we share here.
I appreciate you taking the time to read and absorb what I share.
I appreciate the kind words over the things I paint.
I appreciate you being part of my courses so we can go deeper together.
I appreciate all the beautiful art you are making.
I appreciate all the wonderful words you share.
I appreciate your love for life and love for those around you.
I so appreciate you, dear friend.
I’m giving away 3 book sets that contain 3 of my favorite books for us creative types 😉
The Art Spirit, Keep Going and Big Magic!!