Julian Summerhayes

Clearing the decks…

I wish it were otherwise, but that’s what I have to do each day if I’m going to see my creative urge shine through.

For me, creativity is all or nothing.

I have to:

  • turn my phone to silent
  • turn off my computer
  • turn off any music
  • and think of nothing but what’s in front of me

If I don’t, then I get nothing done.

For the last month or so, I’ve asked myself what deliberate practice feels like. I’m not sure I’ve a ready answer, but, if nothing else, there has to be a deep realisation that without present-moment-awareness, you’ll never achieve that state of flow that’s so essential to embedding the creative habit in your life.

I must say that I’m really enjoying mixing it up with words and images (see my previous post on sketchnoting). Whereas in the past I might have made a list or mindmap, now I feel drawn to sketch the big picture.

Of course, for anyone who makes their livelihood from creativity, all of what I say sounds banal and mildly ridiculous, but for me and I suspect a slew of people who are still in the ‘dilettante’ camp, I know that absent a narrow focus nothing gets done.

Let’s just hope I can continue to find the time to make my creative urge a reality.

The 104th podcast on soundcloud where I talk about my continuing creative journey, and what it means to come alive in your work.

I accept that these podcasts are still work in progress but they’re a way of sharing my (creative) journey and providing me with a reference point later on. Also, it feels something I’m drawn to do, even though I’m still not sure of the concept of talking to yourself!

(If what I say improved your day, or sparked something inside you, please let me know by contributing here.)

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

– Michelangelo

Hetty at the Paignton Velopark on Flickr.
I so love this picture of my daughter, Hetty. I know it’s just the start of something big in her life. She possesses this immense drive and passion which I know if applied to something she feels important, will see her go a long way.
As I’ve said many times before, she and my other two girls, Evie and Florrie, provide me with all the inspiration I’ll ever need. 
I love you.
xxx

Hetty at the Paignton Velopark on Flickr.

I so love this picture of my daughter, Hetty. I know it’s just the start of something big in her life. She possesses this immense drive and passion which I know if applied to something she feels important, will see her go a long way.

As I’ve said many times before, she and my other two girls, Evie and Florrie, provide me with all the inspiration I’ll ever need. 

I love you.

xxx