Creative Uncertainty and Rituals

smoke I just returned from traveling for a press event at Scarpetta’s in New York City to promote the new Montage Deer Valley Residences. Before this event met up with my friend Jonathan Fields for lunch at Soho House, a hip kind of country club for creatives. Jonathan has just authored his second insightful book “Uncertainty, Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance.” If you are involved in any type of entrepreneurial endeavor or if you are a creative who makes their living by way of your creative output. Get the book! Jonathan has outlined clear and useful insights that should be part of every MFA and MBA program. I met Jonathan a few years back when he was writing “Career Renegade, How to Make a Great Living Doing What you Love.” I’ll admit it.  I am biased because my company was profiled in Career Renegade, but I can tell you that each story was inspiring, as was my discussion with Jonathan last week. As we talked about our creative process as it relates to our uncertainties and fears we also explored the antidote, which seems to be both acceptance and ritual. My ritual takes this form.
  • Before I start a painting I put my studio in order. It has to be clean and free of distractions.
  • Then I will light one stick of sandalwood incense.
  • I’ll meditate in silence for about 15 minutes.
  • I pause in gratitude for the privilege and opportunity to make my living painting.
  • Then I set my intention to do my best work that will inspire and move others.
  • Before I pick up the paintbrush I’ll put on some soulful music that might include Amy Winehouse.
This creative ritual drops me down into a familiar mode.  I know, and I accept, that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  I remain loosely attached to the outcome. I do know that each time I preform this ritual and I get into a familiar headspace, I’m increasing my chances of creative satisfaction.
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