What you probably need to do is step back awhile from the ‘battlefield of intent’ and give yourself a well-deserved break. Reflect back to those times or moments when everything you did seemed almost effortless or simply made you feel glad that what you do is what it’s all about. It’s what makes you tick! Think about it.
**Give yourself a pat on the back for already doing the things that you do – compared to people who just fantasize about being an artist or creative in their own head whilst being cooped-up behind closed doors (generally a waste of time in my opinion). If you’re like me and thousands of others who are actually putting our work out there – you already deserve a medal for bravery.
**If you feel like you’re currently stuck in no-man’s land, then think back to those moments / occasions / events - when everything you did seemed to flow – when your fans / clients / associates / agents etc. just loved what it was that you were doing ie. A Dance Performance, Fashion Show, A Poetry Gig, A Music Album / Composition, A Play, An Art Installation, when your Publisher just loved the latest draft of your Novel or when a Producer loved your Screenplay. Think about when your Fans loved the last Short or Feature-length Film / Movie or Documentary that you created. Make sure that you savor those moments – don’t ever forget them – they’re priceless!
**Let it all soak in. Remember the feelings of joy, happiness and contentment you had – and remember the amazing impact that you personally created for your fans, clients etc - the praise that you got for your talent and your ability to create! The actual artistic results produced by you!
**Take a while to consider what it is that your fans / clients may possibly want whilst thinking about your past achievements – maybe ask for feedback – maybe even produce a brief survey and send it to your fanbase. Pay attention to the feedback that you get – this will help you to re-ignite your spark.
**Once you actually give yourself a break and actually reflect on what you’ve already achieved - begin to work on getting back into it. And when I say this – I don’t mean artificially inflating your ego – I mean get back and work your craft eg. if you’re a writer or sculptor – get back into the rehearsal studio if you perform ie. Actor, Singer, Dancer – just do what you do and do it to the best of your ability – because this is what Artists and Creatives do. Then, of course, when fully recharged – get out there and re-engage once more. The experience will be worth it!
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