Today is #energyefficiencyday and this got me thinking about how we as creatives waste our own energy every single day without realizing it.
Let me share some of the ways I’ve done this in the past…
Overthinking my creative execution. 🎨
Comparing myself to others. 👉🏼
Panicking about deadlines. ⏳
Focusing on perfection. 🎯
Consuming too much media content. 📲
Wishing I was like someone else. 🙏🏼
Obsessively making edits/changes. 💻
Feeling like an imposter. 🤦🏻♀️
Worrying about feedback. 👀
Assuming I didn’t have a voice in the room. 👻
Second-guessing the validity of my ideas.💥
Yep. I was mired in a whole host of unproductive thought-drama that served absolutely no purpose except to exhaust me. So fun! 😆
And what I failed to recognize when I was caught in the spiral of those thoughts is that they were using up all my energy, leaving very little for the thing I loved the most: THE CREATIVE WORK.
And this made me sad.
But once I started to actively redirect these toxic thoughts, I was able to change things significantly. I felt less drained. I felt less anxious. I had more time for creativity, problem solving, and execution––which in turn was it’s own significant energy source! ⚡️
As evidence, I’ve included this photo from my days as an Art Director 10 years ago, when I made the decision to eliminate those crazy thought-spirals from my professional life. Not every day was filled with this kind of amazing energy, but many were pretty damn close. ❤️