A neurological explanation for this is that the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for instigation of the fight-or-flight response, is switched on and the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for executive function and decision making, is switched off.
Nurturing the Creative Mindset is an ongoing and vital element in the creative process. And so we artists and creatives must set aside time to develop the creative faculties through activities that help the brain do its magic. There are primary tools of the creative person in bringing about those mental states required for optimal creative expression. Here’s you’ll find articles dedicated to assisting you in the process.
Having many creative ideas is something that many people wish they had, but for others, too many creative ideas can be accompanied by overwhelm. As a result, we do nothing. Or maybe we try everything and end up with a scattered or diluted focus.
I had a distinct lack of ambition when I was a teenager. Apart from playing football, I had no stand-out desire that I can remember. There was no “I want to be this” occupying my mind. I was just doing whatever came to me and wasn’t getting too hung up on results. Like all kids, I had talent in particular areas, but nothing felt missing so much that I was driven to pursue it. I didn’t feel an emotional vacuum that needed to be filled (however, that would change).
Some days I look at my medium stats, or my WordPress stats, or the number of sign ups to Sunday Letters and all I see is tumbleweed. “Christ, look at all the work I’m doing and not so much as a sinner turned up to read my shit today. What the fuck am I doing here”, I say to myself. It can be very deflating but the good news is there’s something we can do about it.
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?
The creative mindset is a moving, expanding and contracting thing. It needs total peace and quiet with no distractions to make itself known, yet it needs fuel to grow. So we move in and out of this space. Create in the quiet, get inspired in the noise. The quiet is vital to me, even though it can be difficult to find at times working from home.
Wish you had the courage to quit your job? Is it satisfying, fulfilling, challenging in a positive way? Is your job giving you everything you want for the time and energy that you give it? If it is, then great, keep doing it. If not, then don’t worry, sure keep doing it. Keep pushing forward for that raise, or promotion and who knows, maybe it will get better.