How breaking bad habits of creativity can help you find your muse
Just like the bad habits in our life can end up affecting our general health and well being, bad creative habits can end up shutting out our muse and keeping fresh ideas from coming in. Take a look at your creative bad habits and see if you can put an end to them and allow new ideas and inspirations to once again flourish.
Breaking Bad Creatively
What is a bad habit?
For about ten years, I used to smoke cigarettes. I could not go to bed without having one and needed to puff on one during each of my breaks at work. Smoking, almost everyone can agree (except for maybe a few diehards), is a bad habit. Why? Well, besides the fact that these cancer sticks are nails in your coffin (i.e. they kill you), they are also a very hard habit to break. Quitting was a few months of torture (I was not even a heavy smoker) and there are still times I need to fight the urge to light up again, especially in times of stress. A bad habit is a behavioral pattern that we find ourselves compelled to do even if it leads to harm. Smoking certainly fits the bill.
Creative bad habits
While not as harmful to your body as the old sticks of death, there are certain creative bad habits out there that can be very damaging to our quest for inspiration. These patterns of creative behavior are oftentimes automatic responses that we do not even know that we are doing, unaware that we are suffering from lack of new inspiration and ideas because of them.
Here are some examples of bad habits of creativity that can be keeping us in the inspirational dark:
ProcrastinationPutting off a creative project until the last minute and then bull dozing through it at the last minute is like using only a sledgehammer to build a doorway. Sure you might get it done, but all you are really going to have is a big old hole in the wall. Break this habit of putting it off until the last minute and plan ahead and watch as a better creative building ideas come your way.
Shutting out othersWhile turning off all the lights and hiding in your closet all day might give you the quiet you need in order to hear your thoughts, being a total recluse will make you perspective one sided which will then lead to further creative stagnation.
Being too openOn the other hand, feeling the need to tell everyone around you every last detail of your latest creative idea is also a bad creative habit that you want to be aware of. You might find yourself in a creative rut as you expend all your energy talking about what you plan to do, instead of just doing it.
Being NegativeTaking on a negative attitude about your new creative direction is like throwing rocks at your muse and telling it to stay out of your way. Even if things start going a bit south, do not fall into a pattern of negativity. Instead, look at the positives.
These are but a few examples of bad creative habits that can impede your inspiration. Next time you are looking for your muse, take a step back and try to spot any of these patterns of behavior that might be keeping you from finding it. Do what you can to correct and watch as new ideas and inspirations come pouring into you.