I was recently asked how I come up with things to write about every day.
The answer is - I don't cripple myself by aiming for perfection. Instead, I just focus on writing something.
For me, momentum and consistency is more important than impact. That won't always be the case, but it is now. Eventually, I'll want every single one of my posts to have maximum impact, maximum value, to everybody reading it.
But to be honest, I'm not there yet. I am still in the very early stages of blogging, so I've intentionally set my focus to be on creating the habit of writing. And if I'm going to do that, I cannot get too uptight about creating the perfect posts every single day.
What's more, it forces me to keep learning about this topic of fulfillment. I can't keep writing if I don't keep feeding my mind with other sources. And I probably wouldn't keep feeding my mind unless I force myself to write every day. It's a self-fulfilling cycle that keeps me accountable.
So now that I've cleared that up, I'd like to touch on something else I feel is true about any creative outlet.
All of us can creatively express whatever truth we're living through our content or art. In my case, it's writing. But in your case, it could be music, body movement, dance, yoga, singing, painting, talking to a camera, anything.
When I do find myself struggling, searching for something to write about, I relax, and write about that truth - how I'm struggling to come up with ideas to write about.
It's kind of freeing to know that whatever your truth is can become your content. With this approach, you should never run out of things to create.
If you're feeling bleh, you can express that "bleh" through your art. Feeling anxious? Let it out through your writing. Pissed off? Paint an aggressive, dark picture. Pumped about the weekend? Make an upbeat song.
Whatever your truth is, let it shine through your content!
Your truth is only yours. Other people will be able to relate, but they won't be exactly the same as you. You are unique. You are you. You simply are.
The next time you're feeling blocked creatively, just take a first pass knowing it's not going to be the final.
With that approach, more often than not, it actually will end up being the final.
Live with substance!