Day 13: Learn to be your own muse
Over the past few years, I’ve decided that rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, I’d be my own muse.
As egotistical as it sounds, it’s better than just sitting around and waiting for some mythical source of divine powers to hit me with all the answers I need.
The thing is, when we wake for inspiration to strike, we often make excuses to go and do something else. We do all the things that are unnecessary towards the very thing that we want to achieve. We go buy the most expensive gear, watch an assortment of YouTube videos and listen to a million podcast. We tell ourselves that when the moment is right, we will be able to produce our best work.
When we do the things that does not contribute to what we want to achieve — it’s actually called procrastination.
We tell ourselves lies in order to justify why we’re not doing what we’re supposed to. Or rather, it’s because you’re internally afraid that you won’t be able to live up to what you project yourself to be. So you do everything to avoid doing the thing that you’re supposed to do.
Everything you do will be a process. Sometimes we are not used to the process and that’s where the feeling of being ‘rusty’ comes in.
To be good at anything, you have to practice and this means practicing the process that will lead you to what you want to achieve. If you want to be a writer, you have to practice the process of writing. If you want to be able to draw like your favorite artists — you actually have to draw, even if the initial product isn’t quite to the standard you’re hoping.
So rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, learn to be your own muse and get yourself to start. It’s better to start down a murky path and work your way through the confusion, the blurred lines and foggy areas instead of staying where you are and hope that you’ll magically teleport to your destination without doing anything.