The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist

May 3, 2021

As I continue drinking in The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, this line really popped out for me: “The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist.”

When I overthink an idea and want it to be “perfect”, it makes it hard to be in flow state and create anything at all. Flow state in sports happens when we are out of our heads and in our instinctive, reflexive, clear, spacious bodies and the same goes for the process of creation. To have a clear mental space to play instinctively creates a much more gratifying result.

As I think of new ideas for TUSHY or for any of my artistic, entrepreneurial or creative pursuits, the perfection notion (aka being in my head) has to disappear for magic to emerge. The way I do that is through meditation, writing morning pages, moving my body, sitting in nature looking around or doing routine things where I can be fully off any media like showering or driving or biking or outdoorsy things like kayaking / paddle boarding / hiking. I come up with most of my best ideas through these ways, along with free flowing with creative idea-generating friends/colleagues who can feed off each other. In these places, our need to be a great artist gets overridden by the space and momentum of creation itself.

What are some places you lose your need to be a great artist / creator and become one? Curious to know! Let me know in the comments 🙂