We hold high this apparent virtue in western society with regard to success and achievement. It’s especially so with men, and goes something like this; Never give up your dreams. Winners never quit, quitters never win. Finish what you started, see it through to the end no matter what. But then again, we can choose to get out too early. So how do we know?
William James was an American physician, philosopher and psychologist often referred to as the father of American psychology. He was responsible for publishing many influential works during his lifetime, of which the article “Habit” published in February 1887 is one. Here we can see how the basic principles of habit formation have not changed.
Hear voices in your head? I do. My guess is, like everyone else on this planet, you also do. Of course I’ve not interviewed everyone on the planet but this is my long considered view. I don’t hear multiple voices, I just hear one. It appears to be me, has my accent, language and so on. It’s usually a passive thing and it engages in questions and answers with itself. But there’s no sound, just the thoughts.
Everyone is an artist, and everyone has the potential to create art in their work if they choose to. But very few of us choose to. For most of us, work is a means to an end. It’s something that we’d rather not do but we do it because we have to. We have made our commitments, primarily to others, and we’ve got to keep them. The goals we have are largely head goals and they are rarely our own.
When we talk about purposeless creative play we are not talking about aimless activity devoid of meaning. Play indeed does have meaning, however we adults often assign meaning only to activities that appear to satisfy our need for logical outcomes. That’s not surprising given that the standard working model for life is; study, get a job, contribute for 40 years then retire.
I’ve been producing new content here on the site since March this year and your response thus far has been very encouraging. For a long time I was writing stuff that just didn’t get engagement like I wanted. Something was missing from my writing before. I wasn’t getting to the heart of things and it bothered me.
In order for us creative people to find success in our careers we must be willing and able to identify our own deficiencies in self belief and ability. By taking an inner look at our own behaviour we can sometimes identify where these deficiencies lie. Self efficacy may be just another one of those abstract terms to you, but as artists it matters that we understand it. – Here’s why.
Ever ask yourself, what do you really want from life? Ever question what you’re doing and why you’re doing it? Have you ever stopped for a second in the middle some ordinary mundane task under the realisation that what you’re doing is completely pointless? Maybe you got a good job, settled in and worked hard only to realise one morning as you drove to that job that what you’re doing was completely crazy.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to use Medium to broaden my reach in recent months. Medium with it’s massive readership, seems to offer an advantages to growing an audience that my blog alone does not. For example, it appears to reward consistent writing with prominence for writers in tagged content. So far though, I think it’s worth it, especially if you are the creative type.
Writer’s block is a self-created anxiety. It resides within the psychological structures of the mind and has no physical reality independent of that. Therefore, writer’s block is within our mental capacity to overcome, just as it was within our capacity to create. The fundamental cause of writer’s block is that the problem seems so real.