Getting out of creative limbo for your well-being

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Do you have any germinating ideas in creative limbo whose time has finally come to pop?

The gap between getting a brilliant idea and the birthing of that creative idea into form is what I call creative limbo. Many, if not most, ideas in creative limbo simply get forgotten because they don’t hold your interest beyond the initial spark. And that’s normal, since it’d be impossible for any one person to manifest every single idea that they get—unless they were a magician or God.

So, let’s talk about the ideas that are not immediately forgotten: these are the ideas with your name on them, they chose you. They might simply be simmering on the back burner, waiting for the right time to be pulled out of creative limbo. Some of these ideas might simmer for weeks, months, years, or even decades, until the right time finally comes and it now becomes your turn to welcome them and do your best to shape them into form. But that’s where many creative ideas get stuck, and then you’re left with an ineffable sense of lingering stuckness, even if everything seems to be going well in your life.

So how can you nudge those ideas out of creative limbo, thereby enhancing your overall sense of well-being?

From all my conversations, studies, researches, and most of all from my own experience—what I discovered, and what we intuitively know already, is that the way out of creative limbo is simply through taking action. And here’s where our resistance comes up with all kinds of rational-sounding reasons for not taking action.

But here’s the thing: you don’t need elaborate planning and strategies and preparations to start taking action. All you really need is to remember that this idea chose you. Of all the people in the world, past and present, it chose you—with your unique combination of interests, skills, experience, values, and qualities. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in.

And let this awareness be your ultimate guide in transmuting your idea into a form that can exist in, and perhaps even thrive in, this physical world reality that we live in.

What you create might or might not immediately change the world, but it will change you, and that’s a good start.


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