The challenges of making and sharing your creative work on a regular basis, and the practices that I’ve found to be helpful in addressing those challenges.
The Doug Neill Show: Episode #19
Recorded on April 22nd, 2019
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0:42 – 2:34
How I’ve come to see creative work as nothing more than 20 minutes of emotional labor at a time.
- Check out my full interview on The George Mihaly Show.
Our Conversation About Emotional Challenges
2:34 – 18:35
George and I talking about the benefits of meditation and trying not to set expectations.
- The “soft skill” needed: a sense of separation between your self worth and the work you creative.
- Your role is to show up each day and do the best work you can, then put it out there, then let it go.
- How I’ve been retraining my brain: intentionally choosing how I evaluate how my day. The danger: associating your mood to that day’s metrics – likes, sales, etc. What I’m checking instead: did I put in the hours, and what was the quality of my attention?
- Another way I retrain my brain: meditation. Turn up my thoughts to pay attention to my inner dialogue. Is this the story I was to be telling myself right now? How can I reframe it in a more healthy way? Build the muscle of being aware of your inner dialogue. Where I put meditation: mid morning, after my first work session, to bring me down from a high (avoid setting expectations) and up from a low – back to a good equilibrium.
- It’s the DAILY meditation that’s important: these things that we’re describing aren’t going to go away, so it’s more about building in the practices to deal with them so that they don’t stop you.
18:45 – 25:58
A few other regular practices that help me deal with emotional challenges.
- My morning journaling process, which I described in this episode. Helps to turn up the volume on my thoughts for the rest of the day.
- The Brené Brown special on Netflix is worth checking out. “The story I’m telling myself is…” Use that phrase in your relationships, but also with your inner dialogue.
- I’ve found that going to therapy on a weekly basis has been incredibly helpful as well, especially in getting to know myself on a deeper level – self-awareness that comes in handy all of the time.
- The trifecta: morning journaling, daily mediation, and weekly journaling.
- Another that clicked thanks to Brene Brown: a “vulnerability hangover.” That’s exactly how I felt right after my long conversation with George, which I talked about in this episode: Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone.
- The prompt: what are the regular practices that you have in place to deal with the inevitable emotional challenges that crop up in connection to your creative work?
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