Many of you would be familiar with the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau which goes like this…
‘the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them’.
By this he means that we often fail to take the opportunity to be the best that we can be, we hide our talents, we give up before we have achieved our goals and we settle for less than we should. Is this true for you and if so, why do we self-sabotage?
I don’t think that we need to be great all the time, but it seems that sometimes we end up just going with the flow instead of making an effort to do something really interesting or worthwhile. Sometimes it just seems easier to slide along rather than push ahead.
I have recently been going through a bit of a slump. I’m not sure what has caused this, I only know that I seem to have lost my confidence and as a result I have taken to wondering why I should bother trying to create things. In reality, the world will not care if I produce another great set of PowerPoint slides, or a beautifully crafted report, or another blog post. But you know it’s not really about what the world thinks of your efforts – it’s about making an effort, pure and simple.
If you have been feeling a bit low and wondering whether it is worth the effort then I would encourage you to keep going. Don’t get hung up on what people think about whatever it is that you’re doing. Focus on the mere act of doing and keep going. You don’t want to get to the end of your life having not made the effort to sing your song.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what to do when you are in a creative slump – would you like to comment? Please do.
- Ten Quotes and a Photograph in Honor of Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday (onetrackmuse.com)