It may seem like you’re mired down in stuff you don’t want to do, and can’t really get to the fun, creative stuff you DO want to do. It may feel like there is no path out of your current life to the artistic one you really want.
But there is. You can get from where you are to where you want to be.
It takes some things though, and you have to be willing to take more chances than you probably already have. You also have to believe, pray, fight, produce, and be more consistent than you ever have before. For like, ever. No turning back.
“Never give up, never surrender.” – Jason Nesmith, Captain of the Galaxy Quest
The problem you have is a normal one. Because we’ve been told since we were kids that we can’t “make a living” or “be serious” as an artist, we tend to give up when pushed too hard to set it down. We look at it logically and say to ourselves, “Yeah, this pipedream is silly, and why would God want me pursuing this.”
Now luckily, my parents nurtured whatever I wanted to do creatively (except for that slight detour when Dad told me to major in Business NOT Music in college. I think we can see now that was a dumb idea, Dave.) Still, there was never a time I ever considered “putting my talents away”. But I have worked with many people who have done this. They stored their songs, paintings, writings, and other creative things away in the attic, basement, or some other neglected place. Then they went on with normal life like everyone suggested they do.
The problem here is that the creative urge never really goes away does it? It’s still there, lurking. Your life has taken turns down roads that have taken you far away from your dreams. You’re trapped!
Well, you’re not really trapped. Sure, the world, or other powers that be (which could include but are not limited to parents, spouses, friends, enemies, pastors, teachers, and others) may gently tell you that it’d be better if you didn’t. Of course they would say this. That would be allowing you to do things that maybe they never got to do themselves.
But we live in such a great world now for rediscovering your creative gifts. The internet itself lets you find resources like this to energize you and help you recast your vision. So how do you turn this ship around?
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France
1. Take a Chance. Talk to someone about what you want to do. See if you can start to find someone to believe in what you’ve always felt like you should be doing.
2. Believe in Yourself. If you expect someone else to believe in your vision, you sure better believe it too!
3. Pray like Crazy. God believes in you if no one else will. Talk with Him about it – a lot! He’s just waiting to walk down these creative roads with you.
“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”Colin Powell
4. Fight. You may meet with resistance for wanting to pursue your dreams. Welcome to the party! No one will fight this battle for you. Read The Dream Giver for strength.
5. Produce Art. It’s very difficult for someone to rain on your creative parade when they see work getting done. Write songs. Paint something. Shoot photos. Whatever it is, do it and share your work. It’s hard to argue with someone wanting to move more into their creative dreams when they are putting out amazing things.
6. Be Consistent. This is perhaps the most important thing for artists. Be an artist or author or a painter or composer or whatever, but be it every day. Every. Day. That’s the difference between successful creatives and ones who are not – consistency.
It’s really not that hard to get back to the creative life God created you for. After all, we are all just little creators in His image. Isn’t it time you got back to it?
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland keeps getting back to it every day, recently rediscovering his love of writing (books, stories, and of course these annoying blogs!!) If you need help getting back to your creative and artistic dreams, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your creative thing is music, take a look at http://www.creativesoulonline.com