It’s amazing how I get my best inspiration for solutions and articles from my coaching clients who help me become a better mentor. This week, one of my new clients confided that she lost her creative motivation and was feeling depressed. In a short period of time, with some suggestions and exercises, her passion was restored. Have you ever lost your creative motivation? I hope you’ll remember the ideas I offer in this article the next time that occurs.
Signs That You’ve Lost Your Creative Motivation
It’s only natural to periodically experience a loss of energy and lapse of creativity. Here are some signs that you’ve lost your creative motivation.
- Do you feel envy toward artists who express their creative passion and wish you were more like them?
- Do you have recurring thoughts of doing something exciting outside your comfort zone but fear stops you?
- Do you feel lethargic and uninspired when you’re in your studio?
- Are you complaining often and having negative thoughts about your art career?
- Do you find yourself discouraged and resentful about the art world in general?
- Are you spending more time trying to please others instead of doing things to please yourself?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you’re not alone. Losing your creative motivation can be a painful situation. However, it is only temporary. You may soon find yourself on the threshold of a new powerful direction. It could be just the catalyst you need for growth and transformation.
How To Restore Creative Energy, Motivation and Passion
You could begin by asking such questions as: What brings you the most joy in your career? For me, it’s when I’m motivating others to attain their fullest potential and helping them discover a wealth of possibilities and potential within themselves and in the world. When I’m writing, coaching, or curating an exhibition, it’s very easy for me to be in a state of pure joyful self-expression. What brings you joy?
Try these ideas to ignite your potential for joyful self-expression
- Create a Vision Board and post pictures of items that get your heart pumping and your imagination soaring.
- Make a list of every single thing you love, are grateful for, and inspired by.
- Visualize yourself on the cover of a leading art magazine. What wonderful achievements does the headline say you’ve accomplished?
- Take a workshop in a new medium, for pure enjoyment, without any expectations.
- Go to a museum or gallery that you have never visited.
- Create some artwork using only your non-dominant hand.
- Surround yourself with people who exude enthusiasm for life.
- Do something that takes you outside your comfort zone.
- Commune with nature while in a state of mindlessness.
- Start a journal.
- Read An Inspirational Anagram Message to Artists.
- Stop reading and watching negative articles and programs.
- Give yourself permission to please yourself and have your needs met.
- Join a support group where there is a feeling of camaraderie.
- Find a need in the world and fill it by helping a favorite charity.
- Read about powerful creative people, past and present. Read Art Pioneers Who Are Changing The World.
- Binge on positive Youtube videos and documentaries for a week.
- Collect inspirational quotations and read them daily.
- Subscribe to inspirational newsletters such as: Renee Phillips The Artrepreneur Coach.
- Begin an aerobic exercise program to increase your levels of serotonin.
- Replace an unhealthy diet with more nutritional foods that provide energy.
- Give yourself time and space during this process without self-judgment, force, or the need to fix yourself.
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