My dog is devoted to me. She follows me round. I wake to find her face at the edge of the bed, staring into my eyes and breathing heavily (sounds creepy, but this means she has urgent Outside Business). She gets excited when I walk in the room. She loves me, and I love her.
Apart from being devoted to my dog, I'm also devoted to my creativity. This involves loyalty and commitment, and suggests a deep love and enjoyment. It means choosing to engage my creativity often enough that it’s a hum in the background even when I'm doing something else.
It also means allowing this devotion to grow, so that the whole process can be easier. This frees me up to face more interesting challenges than that of finding the time or energy to get into my studio.
So how do you get devoted to your creative practice? You can start by facing the fact that you’re already there.
Face it, you’re devoted
How many hundreds of hours have you spent making what you make, missing mind-blowing sunsets and whole TV series? How many risks have you taken to share your new masterpiece? How often are you itching to get to work, or dying from guilt about avoiding getting to work, while everyone else is comparing notes about the weather?
You’re devoted: you can’t help it. But maybe you’re also resisting getting to work, terrified to tell anyone about what you make, or in a patch of feeling useless that seems to stretch out forever. So how can you make this crazy venture work better for you?
Feed your devotion, and it will grow. That’s the whole trick. More devotion means more motivation, more passion to overcome anxiety with, and better work.
So how do you feed your devotion?
You’ve probably worked this out before. Remember a time when you were really into making work, when you thought about it even when you weren’t doing it, when there were challenges but you had that deep sense of happiness that only comes from being regularly in touch with your creative energy?
Cool. Now answer these questions:
What were you doing?
What were your habits?
What thoughts and feelings made it easy to show up for your creative work?
What supported your devotion?
What from your previous answers can you bring back into your life right now?
What can you do today to feed your devotion?
Devotion feels good. It also brings awesome results.
My dog’s devotion to me works out brilliantly for her. I take her on long adventures in parks and on beaches, scratch her ears, laugh at the holes she digs in the lawn, and am devoted right back.
It’s the same with your creativity. When you are clear on your commitment to your work, and when you are actively doing stuff in the service of your creative self, your life is better. You notice more. You see your work more accurately. You’re nicer to your friends.
And when you’re lucky, your devotion leads the muse taking you out for a good long walkies.
If you'd like more help with building your creative devotion, you can contact me.