Practicing Something Makes You a Whole Lot Better.
If you want to get better at anything there is no way around it – you must practice. Then you must practice some more. You will be bad at something when you first start. But, with practice, you will improve.
You know this. I know this. We all know this. It isn’t in fact breaking news. Why, then, is it so hard to follow?
Starting anything new is difficult. It doesn’t matter if it is a workout routine, a healthier way of eating, or a new creative venture – all of them are difficult to turn into a habit. However, if you can stick it out long enough, it will become a habit. Then it will be easier to stick to and with all that practice, you will actually be better at it as well.
So, are you ready to start?
Keep the following in mind as you get started practicing your creativity:
- You are going to be bad at first. There is no way around this. The only way out is to practice. Be prepared to create total crap at first, but know that if you stick it out – you will get better.
- Make a practice plan. Don’t assume that because you are really excited about something today that by a week from now, or even tomorrow, you are going to be prepared to stick it out when things get tough. You need a plan in place. How often are you going to practice? When? What time of day? For how long? Where? Figure all of these things out ahead of time and the likelihood that you stick with it goes way up.
- If you are just getting started with a new creative venture. Don’t pick the toughest, most time consuming project first. Baby steps. (Anyone else a What About Bob fan?). By getting one project under your belt, your confidence, your knowledge, + your enthusiasm go way up. So finish something – anything!
- As you get started practicing your new creative venture, remember that you are going to be bad for a little bit. Be nice to yourself – only positive self-talk allowed in your creative zone. Yes, if you compare the work you are doing as you are getting started with what you will make down the road, it is in fact total garbage, but it is your garbage. And that garbage is better than nothing.
- Finally as you start to become more confident in your creative skills, share your work with others. I get it, this is scary. I consider Greens & Blues Co. to be my creative work (at least a part of it) and I have a really hard time talking about it with people whose opinions I value. It can be rough at first, but do it.
There is no one “right” way to practice. How you practice something might be very different from how I practice something. But when I think about practicing, a few different options come to mind:
You can practice by yourself working on individual skills, or you can practice in a group – attempting to take your skills to the next level by combining them with the skills of others to see what you can accomplish.
You can repeat the same steps over and over again, focusing on just one skill at at time and mastering that one skill before moving on to the next, or you can practice a variety of skills that are all necessary to accomplishing your goal.
Decide what works for you.
If I told you that today you had the entire day to practice your creativity, what would your day look like?
- What would you be doing?
- Who (if anyone) would you be with?
- Where would you be at?
- Would you do the same thing all day long, or would you chunk it and work on many different creative ventures?
- Would you be fine with just practicing, or would you need to execute and finish a project?
Decide what works for you.
So in summary: you need to practice and you need a plan!