artist's way reflections: week 9

October 29, 2008

I’m posting my reflections earlier this week because some of this material has been sticking with me a lot. To mix it up, allow me to offer a few quotes from the chapter that captured, and troubled, me:

  • The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all. (pg 152)
  • Over any extended period of time, being an artist requires enthusiasm more than discipline. Enthusiasm is not an emotional state. It is a spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to our creative process, a loving recognition of all the creativity around us. (pg 153)
  • We’re more comfortable being a victim of artist’s block than risking having to consistently be productive and healthy. (pg 154)

I also began reading The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore, this week. Much of what he says goes along with Cameron’s thoughts, so here are a few of his ideas to extend your thoughts about the theme this week:

  • People don’t procrastinate just to be ornery or because they’re irrational. They procrastinate because it makes sense, given how vulnerable they feel to criticism, failure, and their own perfectionism. (pg 3)
  • we procrastinate when we fear a threat to our sense of worth and independence. (pg 15)
  • procrastination is not a character defect; rather, it is an attempt — albeit an unsatisfactory one — at coping with the often incapacitating fear of having our worth held up for judgment. (pg 16)
  • When we identify our worth with our work (“I am what I do”) we naturally are reluctant to face challenges and take risks without self-protective defenses. If you believe that a judgment of your work is a judgment of yourself, then perfectionism, self-criticism, and procrastination are necessary forms of protection. (pg 24)

I imagine I’ll have more response to share from The Now Habit in the future, but it seemed good to share the thoughts above alongside The Artist’s Way this week.

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