Anything we aspire to do as an expression of our artisan soul requires inspiration and strength.~Erwin McManus
Far too often in life, we as creative people, look more at being inspired than being strong. Certainly all artists (musicians, singers, painters etc.) need inspiration to create works of art. However, inspiration plays only a small role in the process of creating anything. I have worked with many musicians and singers and have seen first hand how inspiration comes knocking very easily for artistic projects or songs, and then once they know the work that’s involved, they start to get weary and want to quit.
In Erwin McManus’ book “The Artisan Way” he refers to David and Solomon from the Bible. I find it fascinating that David tells Solomon, his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God is with you.” He never once said, be creative or find inspiration. If you are going to do any creative endeavor, you’re going to have to be strong and courageous. It’s certainly not a bed of roses creating an entire album in the studio, a music video on the beach or even recording one single song. There are so many steps involved, people that need to be communicated with and details that need to be sorted out, for creative projects to be completed.
Your creative work is just as sacred as you are. You are unique and have a special purpose that no one else can fulfill. Of course others might do similar work, but no one can do it quite like YOU! Here are some important tools to stay strong and courageous to reach your artistic goals:
- Feed yourself spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Meditation, prayer, reading inspiring books all will help you grow spiritually & emotionally. Take courses and training/lessons in the areas that you want to grow and develop in. To be physically strong, find ways to move your body DAILY and eat nutrient rich foods. All of these practices together will help you to become a strong person.
- Write down exactly what you’re trying to accomplish or create. Without a vision, the people perish so vision is key to thriving. Then, write down the steps you’re going to need to take in order to see that project come to pass. Write down the people you’ll need to contact for this project to move forward because we all know that no man is an island. And lastly, give yourself deadlines with each step along the way.
You are worth it, and what you have to create is worth it no matter how big or small you think it is. Stay strong and courageous love, and you will see your work of art come to be.