Every once in a while creativity in business dries up. It just does.
If you are not used to this natural cycle of entrepreneurship it can really mess with your mind. You start to think you no longer like your biz, you’ve got nothing left to give or at the very least running your business feels really hard and you don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
The good news is that after cycling through this creativity desert many, many times in my own life and with clients there are three strategies you can use to get your mojo back.
These three strategies are not designed to work together. As you read through them you’ll see they are very different so see which one lights up your soul and that one will provide the creative oasis you’ve been looking for!
- Take a day to do nothing. One of my colleagues calls this agenda-less time and when she first whispered those words to me it was like balm to my soul. Sometimes you just need to be in charge of exactly NOTHING.
Too much responsibility can suck the life out of any creative soul so a little vacation from all that grown up stuff will do you good.
- Take action. Occasionally, when our creativity goes into overdrive you can get to a place where there are many things you’d like to do – ideas that feel super duper cool – but you don’t take action on any of them. (Perfectionism is the culprit here.) This backs the pipes up on creativity and taking action on one of your ideas is your Roto-Rooter.
The action you take isn’t going to be perfect and there is a good chance it won’t look pretty but it’s important to let your creativity take form and as you do it will start to flow more freely.
- Go hang with some people that get you excited. Solitude is great when your creative well is flowing but too much time alone can dry that well right up. Find people that can get you excited again. (For me this is usually other entrepreneurs.)
Find an event or high powered networking event. When you hear what others are doing and exchange ideas, creativity will start to fill your body by osmosis.
Once you’ve used one strategy (like taking a day off) you may find you are craving a second strategy (like attending an event or taking an action on your ideas.)
The key is to be gentle with yourself because if the creative well dried up it just means you were ignoring what your soul needed for a little too long.
What strategy will you take? What appeals to your soul at this moment?
If you are looking for a energy-filled event check out our Soul Infused Business LIVE happening on May 17 in Ridgefield, CT. We’ll get those juices flowing – I promise!