Creativity is NOT Its Own Reward! Part 1

Lately, I’ve been having trouble getting creative projects done. Starting is easy enough. Honestly, it’s been too easy. I can’t seem to stick with something for more than a week before I switch to something new. I’ve got a lot of interests, but I don’t usually cycle through them that fast! Even writing this blog seemed impossible.

It took awhile, but I finally realized I wasn’t seeing any real reward coming from the work I was doing. Yes, there’s a lot if value and satisfaction in creating something, but, a lot of the time the vision requires too much mental stamina to get done without some external help.

When Creativity for the Sake of It isn’t Enough

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Motivation is a funny thing, even when we love what we’re doing it can be difficult to drum up the energy to create. Sometimes it’s just because we’re exhausted – and if that’s the case, you need to take care of yourself first – but other times it’s because the project will have, or you think it will have, a nebulous result. You don’t know if you’ll like it, or if you’ll be rewarded for it, either with praise or something more tangible. It’s all well and good to say the journey is its own reward, but that’s not always enough. Thinking that nothing’s going to come of all your hard work is just about the most demoralizing thing I can think of. Especially when you’re not convinced the work is going to be any good.

So What can You Do to Convince Yourself to Keep Going?

You need a reward of some kind. What that reward should be is really going to depend on you. I have some ideas that might help you figure it out, but I’ll leave that for next week. For now, just understand that this isn’t unusual. It doesn’t mean you’re not meant to use your creativity. It just means you’ve taken on a project that doesn’t offer you a clear benefit. When you find the right reward, you’ll find the energy you need to keep going.


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