185 daily struggle

fourth | year of creative habitsI'm getting real again here today.  In the past six months, I've learned lots about the process of building habits. I have made huge progress. I've built the habit of sitting down to draw or paint every morning, but it's still hard. I still feel resistance. I still have days when I don't have any ideas. I have many days when it feels like nothing is going right. There are days I'm embarrassed about my photo. I'm saying this today because I want you to know that if you're struggling, you are not alone. If you've missed days or you aren't happy with the quality of your work, I get it. This is hard. Maybe it will get easier someday but I can tell you that it's not any easier at the six month mark. Here's a few things that help me through it:

  • Focus on the small wins. Try to find something that went right. I can find one small bit that's good every single day. I try to focus on those and find a way to pull all those small bits together.
  • Know that everyone goes through this. I love that one of my favorite artists Lisa Congdon often posts about her struggles. It helps to think that someone who creates every single day and does so at such a high level also struggles. Know that you are not alone.
  • Look back. You can't always see your own growth. Take time to look back at your work from the beginning. See the big picture. You'll probably find that though there were ups and downs, the overall trend is improving.

How do you get through the struggle? Does it get easier? Or is this a part of the creative process for everyone, no matter how long you've been practicing?