Monday, January 30, 2017

Nothing more than a coping mechanism in disguise

Few things are more frustrating than feeling mysteriously drained. 

Experiencing that sudden surge of disinterest towards a project or an endeavor that deflates your energy, derails your momentum and disheartens your spirit without fair warning. Blech. 

The good news is, there are questions you can ask yourself to uncover the purpose of your depletion. Because whatever you’ve stopped working on might be a hopeless endeavor, on the other hand, it might be the moment right before success. It all depends on how deep you’re willing to dig. 

Here’s one question that helps me understand myself a little bit more during such situations: 

Does this project serve a real purpose, or is it just a response to anxiety? 

More often than not, it’s the latter. Especially when money is tight, inspiration is low and pressure is high. 

My racing brain, out of ego preservation, triggers an unproductive obsession that’s nothing more than a coping mechanism in disguise. An anxiety response to my fear of failure. 

And that’s okay. I try not to judge myself for chasing false refuge. I try to have compassionate, being softly and kindly present with my open wounds. After all, false refuge provides an immediate sense of comfort and security. Who could resist? 

And so, I put a supportive arm around my shoulder instead of hitting myself over the head. I use creativity enhancing tools like project junkie, which is a brainstorming framework you can use when intuition and inspiration take the day off. 

And then I get back to work making meaning in the world. 

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