Creating requires many elements to come together almost alchemically, and if we try to control our creativity with left brain analysis, we often stifle our muse, give up, or otherwise repress what I'll call the birthing of our babies– "babies" meaning whatever it is you're trying to invent or conjure up. It's tricky deciding what to keep and what to let go of during the process.
We begin with an idea, and once we latch onto it, we can explore, play with, twiddle and tweak it. Some ideas develop into a finished product, other times we need to abandon ship for awhile, let go our favorite concept or pet project and shift to something else. The most important things to let go in creating are fear, perfectionism, judgement, and resistance.
While painting the above balloon, the red balloon bled into the sky, oops. I considered a redo or some Photoshopping. And then I stopped and saw what the picture was telling me, "Let it go." Right! the perfectionist in me may never put anything into the world if I let it take over. (Maybe this blog idea is stupid. Who's going to read it anyway? What will they think? Am I wasting my time? Will I ever be good enough... Stop... Breathe... Let those thoughts go).
I'm sending this balloon off to you as is, a quick reminder to watch and notice all that holds you back from completing and sharing what you're creating. Is it self-doubt and negative self-talk that stalls you? Please let that go. Do you question and judge the worth of what you're working on, sabotaging yourself and not completing it? That's not needed either, go ahead without that. Do you compare yourself to others and think what you're doing isn't enough, or do you listen to others' criticisms over your own intuition? Please, ignore them and drive on. What about resistance and excuses? You guessed it: how about notice and release that, too. Is it close enough to call it done and share it as is? Let it go.
It's when we stop worrying that our creativity can take over. Not sure how to let things go? Visualization might help. You can close your eyes and imagine your ______ (fill in the blank with what you'd like to let go of) as a balloon of whatever color you choose. Notice how it's catching your project up, and then feel yourself opening your hand and watch that balloon of ______ float off and pop when it gets away from you.
And now you've made room to invite in a new idea, try a twist on an old one, or simply to free yourself to finish creating this one with more abandon. Here's to letting go to better create today.