You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you.
Effort is more important than so-called success because effort is a real thing. What we call “success” is just the manifestation of our mind’s ability to categorize things. This is “success.” That is “failure.” Who says? You says. That’s all. Reality is what it is, beyond all concepts of success and failure.
Discipline in creative practice is punishment if you shame yourself for experiencing resistance or for not doing something perfectly.
Discipline in creative practice is self-love when you allow yourself to fully experience the totality of all emotions and thought patterns that come up when you do creative work, including resistance and feelings of despair. what if all emotions were met with acceptance and compassion instead of critical judgment?
You can infuse pleasure, playfulness, and spontaneity in your creative discipline, structures, and rituals. What's the point if you are not enjoying yourself?
Keep in touch with your unconsciousness. Know why you are dreaming what you are and thinking what you are thinking. Be aware of your inner processes. Have empty days filled with nothing but blank walls, where you only stare at that whiteness while you hear yourself thinking and making sense of everything.
Indulging ourselves in a frantic fantasy of what our life would look like if we were real artists, we fail to see the many small creative changes that we could make at this very moment. This kind of look-at-the-big-picture thinking ignores the fact that a creative life is grounded on many, many small steps and very, very few large leaps.