The thing about blogs is this. When you begin one, you desire to create a neurone-enhancing piece of work that will really connect and resonate with your readers. You want to leave them impassioned, informed, enthralled or drawing from any one of the gallery of emotions that a good piece of thoughtful writing can provoke. That is your honest desire. So you get going… and like anything at the start, you have a purposeful momentum behind your intention. It is fast and furious creative expression….coming through YOU. You want to write EVERY day… and your full of great ideas you can hardly translate quick enough from thoughts into a solid stream of words. Your next conscious thought is … why didn't I do this earlier?! This is SO fulfilling and creative. I'm connecting.. I'm breathing life into my ideas… they're leaving my head and entering a virtual world and starting up conversations and dialogue with others.
You are on a HIGH. On Fire. On a creative roll.
Then, one day, not so far along the creative steamroller, you run out of puff without warning. The stream of powerful thoughts has whittled down to a trickle. Suddenly, YOU.. the master of this once great domain of the free-flowing idea is facing a STOP sign. Your own internal stop sign. The one you constructed with the same vigour when you first embarked on this great enterprise, only this time the kinetic activity is zero.
Why? you ask.. What went wrong? Did your ideas abandon you? Did creative inspiration die with the last post?
The truth is.. resistance got in the way. And there are countless more examples you can apply this to… whether it's your stop and start gym routine, your 40-day detox or new diet.. which now all canvass the same deflated theme. You started… You tasted success and then… you FROZE.
Steven Pressfield, author of the War of Art says it all comes down to fear."The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much resistance".
But he also offers up a solution which he says can only be achieved once we decide to go from amateur to pro. The professional he says, lives in all of us. It's the person who keeps going, knowing there'll be creative peaks and troughs, success and failure, and the grey in between. But none of it matters, because the important thing is they showed up wanting to do the work day after day, no matter how big or arduous a task it seemed at the time.
"The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself. Is he scared? Hell, yes. He's petrified.
So if you're paralyzed with fear, it's a good sign. It shows you what you have to do."