Ever try an exercise book? No, not the physical kind, the mental kind.
They typically have titles such as this: (I made these up by the way.)
12 Projects to Break This Year’s Writer’s Block
52 Challenging Art Techniques
30 Days of Brainstorming to Inspire
7 New Vegetable Recipes For Everyday This Week
When we force ourselves to break out of a habit or routine...
1. we cry (not so fun)
2. we scream (kinda fun)
3. we rage (enjoyable in certain situations as we get that negativity out)
4. & then we adapt and our ingenuity breaks free.
I haven’t tried a mental exercise book in a long time and nothing to inspire my creativity. I wonder if it will work? It’s difficult committing to a challenge which takes us out of the familiar and forces us to think in new ways. I did this years ago when I physically trained for a 1/2 marathon which I completed. Half of that challenge was mental but I haven’t done a 1/2 marathon since or much running. Totally time to get out of my comfort zone.
But that’s another post. This post is on the mental space. About two years ago I took a local art class at the urging of a good friend. The class was an exploration of art to break us out of our expectations and those wonderful comfy notions of what art actually is. I hadn’t really created any art since high school and it was a little intimidating especially when purchasing supplies for the class. Thoughts running through my head:
- What if someone with an art degree sees my pathetic attempts?
- I’m not a good drawer.
- I don’t know the first thing about paints.
- I’m going to be the worst in the class.
Despite these negative thoughts I went with it and discovered a love of mixed media and a mental eye opening in my life.
I dreamed in colors. I dreamed of story ideas for new and existing manuscripts. This one class that challenged me to do something different once a day for about 8 weeks of my life had positive effects everywhere and creativity abounded.
Now, I’m open to mental exercise books. We all need challenged at times (especially me). To stay in one place obviously doesn't get us anywhere. In fact, I’m going to find a book I have and do the exercises. I’ll state the book and blog my experiences and how it impacts other areas of my life. If I inspire you to do the same, let me know.
I think the outcome isn’t what’s important but the journey along the way.