Overcoming Creative Hurdles
Experiencing a creative block is not exclusive to those in the creative industry. Creativity is the core of daily activities. Without some form of daily innovation, the world would be left to be run in complete monotony. There would be no daily progress. This is a problem many creatives face, and it is a barrier that prevents access to the much need well of creativity.
A mental block is where a person is prevented from reaching the desired outcome because of some internal frustration. Whatever causes the initial barricade snowballs because frustration is borne out of not being able to reach the denied outcome. This only amplifies the initial feeling. Thankfully, frustration is a natural emotion, and it shows that something is wrong. It is an indicator of a problem.
Direct anger can’t be expressed properly when there is no clear cause, if a machine does not work, you might physically react to it. What happens if that malfunctioning machine is the mind? Some might not direct this anger at themselves but will take it out on others and their environment. Often, an angry person will act without thinking. This is one way a person can give into their frustration and it is a healthy emotion to express as long as it is channelled into something constructive. One way to combat anger and the destructiveness it brings it to establish calming protocols to soothe the mind.
After extreme periods of frustration, giving up on a goal can become attractive. Sometimes, it is productive if the goal is impossible or out of reach. It takes maturity to understand what can and can’t be done. However, this can lead to a trend of apathy towards goals where giving up at the first hiccup becomes the norm. Apathy begins to develop as a mechanism to defend against the frustration that comes with a creative block. To avoid, this, there should be consistent and constant reminders of why goals are set. The true purpose behind a goal is the ultimate motivator.
It can be difficult to maintain focus, especially if there is a tendency to give up. It all boils down to persistence. Consider the list of things that are started but never completed and then consider the disappointment that comes during trying to complete a task over the disappointment that comes after giving up completely.
When the problem is analyzed, it comes down to an issue of confidence. If someone is confident in the results they can achieve, then they are more than likely to achieve it. And the only way to get to that stage is to push forward to accomplish the goals they set before them. Dealing with frustration properly requires a plan to allow these negative emotions to be felt and then redirected into something productive. Use it as fuel to your creative fire.
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