HOW TO SUMMON CREATIVITY AT WILL

Yeah, it’s about to get woo-woo as fuck up in this bitch.

I believe that the most creative things are created when a person surrenders their creativity to the Universe.

I know, here we go with this “new age” bullshit, but hear me out.

Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ad-libbed the phrase “I had a dream” when he stood in front of all those people in front of the Lincoln Memorial?

A gospel singer was standing behind him as he was reading his speech notes and whispered to him, “Tell them about the dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream!” Then, MLK whipped out the “I had a dream” phrase and changed the world.

Whatever you ask from the Universe, it will pay.

And the only way to ask something from the Universe, is to take action.

These are the three steps I take in order to allow the universe to hook it up with that good-good.

  1. I put myself into an environment where I want the creativity to spawn.

    If you’re a writer, you need to something to write on. If you create videos, you need to have that camera in your hands or in front of you. If you like growing things, you need to be a garden. If you want to be social, go to a place where there’s a ton of people.

    This may seem like common sense, but I think that a lot of people wait until they’re in the mood to create, that they never even put themselves in a situation where they can actually do whatever it is that they’re suppose to do.

  2. I absolve myself of any responsibility for making anything significant and just start “going through the movements.”

    Unless you’re incredibly inspired and have a great idea that you’re already working on, give yourself permission to flow freely. Remove the stress of having to fulfill any kind of criteria and just begin doing whatever it is that you need to do.

  3. I continue with “going through the movements” until something catches and I hit my stride.

    You need to be attentive to when it hits you. For me it’s usually extremely subtle. Most times, I find myself deep into a creative thought without even noticing that I’m 400 words deep into a 200 word post.

These three steps, done consistently over long periods of time will, without doubt, give you incredible creativity. Even if you don’t make anything that is up to your standard that day, you still got out there and put in the time to practice your craft.

Not only did you put in great practice time, but with every creative session you inadvertently teach yourself that you are in charge of your creativity. YOU dictate when it comes out of you and you are NOT a slave to inspiration, nor are you in a constant search for a muse.

If you implement this three step process every day for a long period of time (months and years) you will be in a position to possibly create something truly amazing every day of your life.

Most of it will be shit, trust me.

But all you need is that one special time when it isn’t shit, and it’ll all be worth it. Then, that feeling will fade and you’ll be back on your creative grind, creating more and more shit, until BAM! You pump out another decent piece of work.

That’s the long term process and it always starts with the three steps.

A beautiful wall with an impressive 20ft long line of urine.

MAKE GOOD ART

So let’s cut the bullshit.

I was reading my last few posts and it made my butthole cringe. Those posts are definitely not the direction that I’m heading towards.

This blog is not going to be your typical blog where I’m going to write some bullshit click bait title and then drop some kind of profound bomb of insight on your ass as I quietly and contently feel proud of my long winded, boring ass analogies.

I was doing some research (and by research, I mean wasting time watching  youtube videos of successful self-anointed lifestyle gurus) and here are a few of my key feelings about the difference between good content and not-so-good content.

GOOD CONTENT

  • Good content is concise and makes complicated things simple.
  • It’s free flowing, natural and passionate.
  • I would describe it as both the person who created the content and me, the viewer, were both riding the same awesome wave together.

NOT-SO-GOOD CONTENT

  • It sounds convoluted, contrived and try hard.
  • It’s full of weird voice inflections and unnatural expressions.
  • It’s more focused on the what the person was trying to tell me, as opposed to “going along for the ride.”
  • It feels like I was having information presented and pushed onto me.

I don’t give a fuck about being some kind of internet guru. I don’t care much about becoming a motivational speaker or life coach. I just really like the art of great content and how it makes me feel. I want to be a creator of such “good art” at some point, and I think that documenting my process with this blog would be a great way to share my struggles while doing so.

I want to be a creator of great art at some point, but I think that the art of creating legitimate value in the form of consumable content is already being lost to the shitty world of sales and marketing before it even gets the chance of solidifying itself into a respectable creative medium.

From this point onwards, I will make an effort to NOT pander to the widest audience for any kind of ego boosting recognition.

“And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.

Make it on the good days too.”

Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art <<<watch this speech if you haven’t already!

I know my past few posts aren’t terrible, but it’s far from my flavor of good art just yet.

I need to keep on creating. I need to keep building momentum and I need to be brave enough to make a ton of mistakes.

I’ll get there.

BE A KING In His KINGDOM

Every passing day is a chance to lay exactly one brick down towards building the palace of your life.

When you’re only allowed to place a single brick down each day, you aren’t just going to toss that motherfucker down. You’re going to make sure it’s the right brick and you’re going to lay it down with precision and confidence.

You’re going to get really good at laying down your bricks.

You’re going to see that each day is connected to the last. Each week relies upon the week prior. Mistakes, although inevitable, have massive implications.

Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll have to demolish months of work in order to rebuild things correctly. There’s going to be days, weeks–months even–where you feel like you haven’t laid a single brick down.

But regardless of how you feel, you have to remember that every day, you’re responsible for laying that motherfucking brick down in order to build your palace.

Know that every passing day has a greater meaning to it than the simple events that occur within them.

Every day, whether you think it’s a good day or bad, builds towards tomorrow, which builds towards the completion of the week, and the month, and the next, and all the subsequent years afterward.

No one builds a legitimate palace without a plan, and every solid plan will have its failures. But each failure will teach you a lesson, and every lesson will teach you a better way to build your palace.

Build something that you’re proud of, yes, but don’t forget that how you’re building it is where all the satisfaction comes from.

3 Things That Will Give MEANING TO YOUR LIFE.

  1. A project.
  2. A significant relationship.
  3. A Redemptive view of suffering.

Frankl learned there are three things that give meaning to life: first, a project; second, a significant relationship; and third, a redemptive view of suffering. He realized that if people, even in the bleakest of circumstances, have a job to do, something to return to tomorrow, then they have a reason to live another day.
― Jeff Goins

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

I’m extremely fortunate that I can wake up every day and work hard.

…But the elephant in the room still stands.

From my hard work, how many people am I able to effectively give value to?

Yes, my ungrateful employer can reap the benefits of my labor. My limited number of coworkers and immediate supervisors are also reaping the benefits of my most earnest capabilities, but there’s something inside of me that knows I have the ability to reach beyond a dozen or so people.

I really believe that I have it within me to bring value to billions of people.

I have this undying urge to really take my specific life outlook and persona to the highest levels possible. If I can cultivate and create long lasting and extremely positive social dynamics in small settings, I could only imagine how many people could benefit from me exploiting such an attribute to the highest levels possible.

What’s interesting is that right now, as bleak and mundane as my personal circumstance may seem to me at this moment, I have nothing but pure confidence that the struggles that I’m currently facing are the exact struggles that I need in order to become the person that I truly want to be.

I’m not a believer in such sayings like, “Oh, well the children in Africa wish they had your kind of problems.”

Fuck that. Of course they don’t.

They’re in fucking Africa starving and shit.

Demeaning your problems with the harder problems of others won’t do anything but make you feel good about yourself. Having higher level problems means that you’re living life at higher levels of being. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m a fucking problem solver, not a complainer.

So, going back to that quote up there:

  1. This blog and my future vlog are my current long term projects.
  2. I have a beautiful, caring and amazing girlfriend that is completely worth investing in and cultivating my love with.
  3. I know that the obstacle is the way. The struggles that I have are the chisel chips that I need in order to sculpt a life worth standing back and looking at in awe.

I’ve got a ton of meaning for this life of mine.

Now it’s time to fucking live it.

A river cuts through rock, not because of it's power, but because of its persistence.

The Two WORST Things That EVERYONE Uses WRONG.

Inspiration and Motivation.

We’ve all fallen victim to this sneaky fucking duo.

Our social media feeds are saturated with motivational quotes and “really important” phrases that are supposed to add some deeper meaning to whatever mindless crap that we vomit onto our keyboards and into our screens.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these quotes are pretty badass and deserve their recognition, but I think that being constantly bombarded with inspiration and motivation is actually doing a disservice to the viewer.

I call these, “feel good cookies.”

When someone’s fat, and they know that they’re fat, the last thing they want is something reminding them that they’re fat. But you know what never fails to make a fat person happy? Even just for a few seconds?

Fucking cookies bro.

The higher quality the cookie, the better the satisfaction. Right? Right.

The point that I’m trying to make here is that there is no cookie in the world, no matter how decadent or delicious, could ever take the fat off that person’s body.

As with all other emotions, being inspired or motivated is a state that comes and goes. To rely on such fickle notions is unsustainable and foolish.

If you were to eat a cookie with the notion that because you ate that cookie you’re going to hit it 10x harder in the gym tonight, then the reason why you’re working so hard in the gym that night isn’t because of discipline or the fact that you “work hard just to work hard.”

It’s because you ate a fucking cookie.

Motivation and inspiration aren’t healthy when sought from outside sources. They are only healthy when you’re able to cultivate them within yourself through organic means.

But how do you do that?

You take action.

At the very least, you make an effort to put yourself in a situation where taking action is possible. Having taken action, you’ll see that motivation and inspiration are nothing more than by-products of that action.

  • I decided to start writing again.
  • I began writing this post without any idea what it was going to be about.
  • I started writing about my frustrations about motivation and inspiration.

Halfway through, I was motivated and inspired to get this weird intangible idea out of my head, and now I’m 400 words deep into a thought that I truly thought was a single phrase kind of notion.

On the macro scale, I think that through taking constant and consistent action, you build a certain sense of motivational momentum, where what you do becomes more or less effortless.

I don’t know, we’ll see.

This is only my second post for fuck’s sake.

 

Asian man laughing as he scans the horizon.

In The Beginning…

Well, here we are again.

Numerous times in the past I’ve tried to start a blog only to ultimately “cleanse” (delete all my shit) in order to start anew. Well, this is my new, and final, foray into the world of digitally written horseshit, and I have much horseshit to contribute to the endlessly growing pile.

I do believe, that this one is special.

No really. Listen to me. This one is special as fuck and I plan on making this (creating content) my full-time job in about three years, tops. No biggie.

Just watch me.

So, what’s my master plan? 

  1. Create a site and start writing regularly.
    – 200 words a day, minimum.
  2. Create content that I want to consume.
    – I’m most likely going to be the only mother fucker to consume it. I really like hearing myself talk, so that’s good.
  3.  Develop certain days for specialized topics.
    – As creating content become more of a habit, I plan on creating themes for the weekdays.
    – Down the road, I plan on making larger themes for the months. Doing 30-day challenges and documenting my experiences will be a huge role in the type of content that I plan on making in the long term.
  4. Start a YouTube channel and begin Vlogging. 
    – At some point, I need to transition to video if I ever want to tap into the mindless youtube rabbit hole audiences.
  5. Create products or tools that people could use to help them do some of the things that I’ve done.
    – We’ll worry about this when I get there.

I have a pretty decent sized backlog of past writings that I’ve saved, so I’ll be sifting through them for inspiration, refinement, and possible reposting.

I have no idea why I want to create content.

I get so much from laying out my thoughts in a presentable form. There’s something meditative and soothing about having a spark of intangible inspiration, then molding and shaping it into something that I could stand back and look at with pride.

The first step is simply to start.