Do you ever have those times in life when you just feel stuck?
Recently I’ve had a sense of something bigger being available with my business and yet I’ve been stuck.
The more I tried to work it out the more resistance I had to working things out. Sound at all familiar?
So what is it that I do when I’m going round in circles and not achieving anything? If for you the ‘just do it’ or ‘get on with it’ doesn’t work and you know that you’re going into berating yourself and telling yourself off for procrastinating, here’s what I do.
First off I stop the negative self talk. I have many tools and techniques for this now. One of the things I’ve been doing recently is listening to one of the many downloads I have from Access Consciousness® or sometimes it’s a book on Audible, whichever takes my fancy in that moment.
What does this achieve? It calms my drunken monkey mind down enough for me to take my focus off telling myself off for what I’m not doing. From here I choose something totally different from the problem I’m creating. Recently I chose to go through some old magazines for inspiration, for words, for something different.
In one of these magazines I came across an interview with the textile artist Kaffe Fassett. I have been a fan of his for many years having enjoyed sewing some of his very colourful tapestry kits and knitting his intricate patterns. This wonderful creator is now 80 years of age and still going strong.
In this article he was asked many questions about his art, about patterns and about colours. In response to one of the questions about his process there were two things that stood out for me. One of his comments was this, “… one of the things I’ve found is that when I get a bit stuck, I’m not being quite extreme enough.” Plus he talked about being chaotic and yet he knew exactly where everything was that he was working on all at the same time. “It’s all going on. It’s layered.” he commented.
After reading this I knew that what I was doing with my way of working was making it and me wrong. Shouldn’t I start and finish something? One thing at a time? When I read this article I knew that my way of working was more like Kaffe’s. What appears chaotic to some is actually what keeps me motivated. Knowing that there is an idea and then another one and another one coming along is exciting and inspiring. As Kaffe said, “It’s all going on. It’s layered.”
So just like Kaffe Fassett I looked at where I wasn’t being extreme enough and I acknowledged where I was creating chaos and how this works for me when I’m stuck.
How about you? Where have you been telling yourself that you’re stuck?
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