Mindsets That Prevent Creativity 3

I happened along a photography post, from that succinctly describes 5 mindsets that keep us from creating what we love.

And even though the article is about photography I think the wisdom is universal and we can apply it to all our different creative habits.

I have the original post linked in the text.

5 Unproductive Mindsets That Keep You From Becoming a Better Landscape Photographer

#3 Don’t Leave it For Later

The third unproductive mindset in that note was.

Don’t leave it for later.

This reminded me of a tool that Richard Schmid urges us to use from his book Alla Prima.

He says to write out a note saying.

“Never knowingly leave anything “wrong” on your canvas.”

Then attach that message to your easel.

I don’t know about you but many times I’ve been ambivalent about errors on my canvas from time to time.

And I think to myself I’ll take care of that later.

Besides, who is going to notice right?

I’ll notice!

Every time I look at my piece I’ll know that I didn’t take it as far as I could have.

Of course there is a point where we bump up against the limits of our skill and improvement is beyond what we are capable of for now.

And perfectionism is not healthy either.

Where does that leave us? Balance.

Fight apathy and ignore perfection because it’s unobtainable.

Do everything we can.

Go just 1% further beyond our skill and celebrate the small compounding improvements.

Back to you.

Where is your balance with your creative work?

Do you leave a lot of mistakes for later?

Or are you going for perfection and never ship your work?

Focus on the 1% small incremental improvements to overcome apathy and perfection and get a little closer to your balance.

Chris Beaven

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