2012 Plan for a Creative Life
In this pause before the New Year we have a chance to take stock and plot a course that will build a more creative life during the next twelve months. Asking relevant questions is a good place to start getting clarity about what and how to go about any change. Here are twelve questions that help get the creative juices moving you in a new and constructive direction.
- What is finished and where does it go? Look around for what you can let go of in order to make a spacious and organized life today for growing your creative future. Don’t limit yourself to getting rid of clutter, but check out your habitual thought patterns for old and worn out obsessions, resentments, and sentimental notions that are not feeding your energy and store them away or give them over to the Universe, just let go and clearly look around for what you are finished with now. Set the stage for right action.
- What do you want to create in the next year? Give this some thought and prioritization so that you can set up the space and schedule the time to achieve.
- How do your projects support your core values?This knowledge can support you through the tough times. If you don’t know what your core values are, this is a good time to think that through and make a list.
- What time wasters are you tolerating and why? This will help you carve out quality time for your beautiful and delicate creative self. I am not referring to those spaces that you need to let your imagination run as time wasters. What you are looking for is habitual ways that you escape being creative, like trips to the fridge, gratuitous internet activity, talking to the friend who is just going on and on over nothing.
- What is a reasonable schedule for my projects? Your goal might be something like writing a rough first draft to your novel in 90 days. It doesn’t matter how many ideas you have but in order to keep your focus, it really helps to have a time table.
- What will this creative and wonderful life look like in 1, 5, 10 years? This sort of projection can be a lot of fun. Try to picture how you will dress, look, and what your surroundings will be like in all of this.
- What is most of your thinking time full of? If it isn’t something for your creative life, maybe there is some way to shift things. No, I am not advocating that self-absorbed and distracted artist stereo-type. It is more about consciously using your gifts to support your life.
- Who are your role models? It is always good to use a little bit of productive imagination and build yourself a creative family of choice. Delacroix and Mae West are part of my role model support team. Figure out who you love, even if they are long dead.
- What will it feel like to accomplish and succeed at what you say you want to do? This is a good one for those negative thinkers out there.
- What is getting in your way? This offers a chance to take a hard look at what you blame as well as what you are struggling with. Try to find solutions and move out of the problems. Accept responsibility for your life and get help if you need it.
- Where is your passion? This one gets a bad rap because of posers who are seeking their passion and never willing to deliver. That is not what sort of passion to look for. Pay attention to what makes your heart give a little leap. It takes attention to have passion.
- What frightening things do you expect to encounter this year? Being creative can be risky. People don’t always like it when you get happy about building your creative life. Money looms large for a lot of people. Change, which is part of the creative life is going to get in your face. The more that you can anticipate and have constructive ways to handle fear, the easier you will find it to breathe in this new and beautiful creative life.