Estee Lauder said, “First comes the shy wish. Then you must have
the heart to have the dream. Then, you work. And work.”
A similar thing could be said about the creative process. You might have an initial inspiration, a spark, an idea, a feeling. But to bring that creativity to life, you must take action. Otherwise it remains an idea. Similarly, talent is nothing until you put it to use. Again, action is required.
For creative people, the “work and work” aspect would be to take the next right small step and then the next right small step and then the next right small step after that. Your daily commitment to small steps combined with your enthusiasm and the joy you find in your art will propel you forward as you create.
You could easily mesh Estee Lauder’s statement with the creative process and methods outlined in Julia Cameron’s creativity book, The Artist’s Way. For instance, what kinds of whispers, thoughts and dreams are you putting in your Artist Way Morning Pages?
Still trying to find the time to create daily? You can find the time you need, if you think constructively and ask yourself honestly how you can make time for your creativity.
What small thing can you do, now today, to move toward your shy — or bold — dream?
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