Often we think that if we "felt better”, or if we "felt like painting", that our painting time would be more fun, or more interesting, or our painting “turn out" better.
Actually, we will feel better about painting (and the resulting painting) after we paint!
Rather than waiting to feel better before taking action (starting to paint), it’s important to know that our attitudes follow our actions. This means that we often feel better about doing something AFTER we’ve done it.
Whether it's painting or going to the gym or some other task, it helps to have a habit or practice in place so the decisions to act are made ahead of time. That way our resistance (fear) doesn't stand a chance of stopping us from taking action.
When you hear the phrase “stand up straight”, whether it’s said to you or to another, do you “stand up straight”?
Did you just sit up straighter when you read, “stand up straight”?
How’d that feel?
Aside from the annoyance factor, did you feel a tiny bit better for having straightened your spine from the “I-didn’t-realize-I-was-slouching” position you’d been in?
When we don't use our creativity muscle regularly, it slouches. It goes slack. It goes limp, and gradually we “lose the juice”, the “fire in our belly” that fuels our creativity.
Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It!” is a great start for any new action we want to cultivate.
“Just Do It Again!” is an even a better mantra to recite.
Doing something once is a start. Doing something regularly is the way in which we create a habit or a practice.
If you want a habit of feeling good or happy with yourself, figure out which of your actions produce those feelings, and then Do Those Actions Again and Again!