“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ~Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs statement above says it perfectly –“Simple can be harder than complex”.
Very true, especially when you’re creative person who has a ton of great ideas on how you can express yourself and do all the things that you yearn to do.
So, why is it so hard to pick something to focus on when you’re really creative and have lots of ideas? Why do you sometimes (or all the time perhaps) give in to doing nothing vs. taking action on something?
I’ve found 3 main areas which include:
- Fear of Failure: the fear that you may fail and try something that doesn’t work out
- Fear of Sacrifice: the in-ability to choose something to take action on because you fear you’ll have to give-up the other things you yearn to do as well
- Fear of “How”: not knowing all the details and how-to’s on how something will happen and yearning to have an A-Z plan to create complete certainty.
Again, as Steve Jobs says: “Simple can be harder than complex”. Your mind yearns to KNOW, to have all the answers, to crave certainty – and if it doesn’t get all these aspects fed, then it won’t take any action at all.
This is why your mind will try to distract you and get you looking at all the other bright and shiny objects of what you could do – vs. what you’re meant to do. It’s all based on fear – fear of the unknown.
Consider that there is something at your core that you’re meant to master – and all the off-shoots of ideas that you have – and all the projects that you may start, but not finish – actually all blend together and come back to the center of that core.
You may not see “how” – but the “how” isn’t your job to know.
Check-out the Worthy Work below for some starter tips on how-to organize your creative thoughts and get focused on the “what” so the how can show-up for you as to take action on what truly matters.
And, if this topic resonates with you – and you want to become more focused and less distracted in 2012, Click Here and join us tonight for a free call where I’ll answer questions and talk further about the topic.
So, how do you get focused when you have a creative mind that likes to keep you distracted? How do you learn to quiet your mind, go inside and listen to what your heart yearns to do, and get all your ideas out on paper and get started with something – something that you’re meant to do next?
The first step is to look at the three areas that you most likely are holding you back – 1) fear of failure, 2) fear of sacrifice and 3) not knowing the “how” and shed light on the creative process and how you can get in-line with your purpose and what you’re meant to do.
If you look at all the three aforementioned areas, they are all based on a A Strong Need To Control and a need for certainty. Valid needs, but ones that don’t play a part in your creative endeavors and process.
Consider this: are your basic needs met right now in your life? Do you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and are safe and secure? If the answer is yes, your creative process can be given permission to soar!
Give yourself permission to write-out all the ideas you have – every single one – on what you could do, what is possible for you, what you’ve always dreamed was possible. Allow your imagination to soar and simply go with the flow and let the ideas pour out of you.
Your head will be screaming – how are you going to do this? Just remember, your job isn’t to know “how” right now – just stay focused on the “what”.
Once you’ve documented and allowed your imagination to soar, look for patterns. What ideas do you have that have similarities to others? Are there particular categories that certain ideas can be clumped together with? If so, clump them together and put a name on that category. Choose 3 or 5 categories that you begin to see emerge – and then, put your ideas in the appropriate buckets.
Your next step is: take a category/bucket and focus on it and define 3-5 projects within it that you’ll focus on in 2012. Then, pick your first project and get started on the mini-steps that will make it come to fruition. Focus on the goal and then walk backwards to determine all the steps that will get you there.
Click Here to join us tonight where we’ll discuss this process in more detail. I’ll answer questions on how you can get focused and less distracted in 2012 and beyond.
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