“It’s difficult to get your creative juices flowing if you’re always being practical, following rules, afraid to make mistakes, not looking into outside areas, or under the influence of any of the other mental locks.”
— Roger Von Oech, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
This is so good.
This is what stands out to me right now:
if you’re always being practical, following rules, afraid to make mistakes,
In fact, on several counts, I’m being wildly impractical, making mistakes (with fear, but that’s OK, no one is going to die or be hurt as a result) and as for the rules…well, there’s no rule book for the creative entrepreneur now, is there?
We’re all making it up as we go along.
I’d love to hear how you’re doing this. Please do share, in the comments.
Takeaway for today: Forget the rules, being practical, and fearing mistakes.
Also: I love that you are here.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
Make a list of of five ways you can be impractical:
Make a list of five rules to ignore:
If I weren’t afraid to make mistakes, I would…
What will you make of this?
All of us seem to be busy and at times, even overwhelmed. Not just by creative stuff, but life itself.
You might be wondering: What’s the point of all this journaling? What could possibly come of it? Aren’t there more pressing matters?
With all due respect for life getting in the way, I want to invite you to take a deep breath and consider… what might you make in the spaces in between? If you were to dare to just take a step in the direction of something you yearn to make?
Artist Lena Bartula participated in the 30 Day Journal Project last year (and then she looked me up when she came to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I live, and then we became friends).
About her experience with the 30 Day Journal Project, Lena writes:
“Lisa’s daily prompts, quotes and encouragement took me to places I might have never ventured, and the work that came from them was courageous, bold, and different from my norm.”
You’ll have to see for yourself – Lena created a brand new creative challenge and body of work as a result. I’m thrilled to share this with you today.
I absolutely love it when this simple tool of creative journaling makes such a huge impact in other areas of our life and work.
Which is exactly the point.
This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
Our theme for this year is: FLOW.
You can get printables of ALL 30 days of prompts here >