Monday, June 30, 2014

Mondays in June – Part 5

Here we are. The last installment of Mondays in June. I have one more last tidbit to offer and then I’ll review the main ideas I presented over these last few weeks in Creativity, Ideas and Inspiration: Getting Where You Want to Go.

Last Monday we were discussing how we actually take the ideas we’ve accumulated, the inertia we’ve overcome and actually get where we want to go. We covered taking that first step no matter how small in order to make some progress. We also talked about appreciating how constraints and parameters can work in our favor. Now there is one more thought I’d like to offer.

It is to

How do you do that? Having courage comes from accepting that you have fear but are going to move forward in spite of it. Practicing this time after time builds courage. Sometimes you have to act as if you have courage. It a sort of a ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ situation.


Nelson Mandela said courage is triumph over fear and Rollo May said “Every creative encounter is a new event; every time requires another assertion of courage.”

Finally, keep hanging in there. Perseverance in the face of obstacles will help you build courage.

The above photo was the inspiration for the piece below.

If you practice these things time after time – even those times when you feel as if you have no confidence and no courage, one day you will look up from your work and realize you do have courage and you’ve come by it one day at a time, practicing, practicing, practicing.

Passion, persistence and perseverance are traits that will serve you well as you seek to follow your creative aspirations.


Let’s review, shall we?

How do you gets lots of ideas?

1. by specifically choosing creativity
2. by expanding your horizons and changing your environment
3. by relaxing, playing and daydreaming

How do you overcome your fears and inertia?

1. by believing in yourself and your ideas
2. by accepting that failure is an innate part of success
3. by having confidence

How do you get where you want to go?

1. by taking one step, no matter how small
2. by creating constraints and parameters
3. by having courage

When I began this series, I mentioned that I have read quite a number of books on creativity over the years.


Much of the information in these Mondays in June blog posts is from them. If you have an interest in reading more about creativity, I have put together a Pinterest page with a variety of references and resources, including fascinating videos, creativity quizzes, books and inspirational quotes. Click here to be magically transported there.

If you have any thoughts about what you have read or would like to share your experience with ideas, inertia and how you got moving, I’d love to hear from you.

As always, thanks for reading!



  1. Your posts have been so good and so true. Unless we try and don't fear failure we will never get any where.
    Hugs Kay

    1. Hi Kay,

      Sometimes it's not easy which is why it's good to have a reminder - I have to remind myself. "Get moving!" "Give it a try!" "What can you lose?"

      I think most people who pursue creativity actively probably know these things anyway, but it's good to review occasionally.

      Thanks and hugs,

  2. An excellent series Ginger. I find it encouraging that there is so much creativity out there. You are a beacon of it and if some of your fertile imagination has rubbed off on your readers you'll have made a difference. There's no if about it of course.

    Thank you for prompting me to think again about what my passion for photography is all about. Of course I'll still take photos of anything that moves, or doesn't for that matter, but I'm even more encouraged now to pursue my projects to the end - when I get time of course, and I'll have to make that time.

    Keep thinking and daydreaming,


    1. Hi Alan,

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. And it makes it worthwhile when someone like you finds renewed enthusiasm for your passion.

      Thanks very much for your encouragement along the way!


  3. It's been a great series, thanks :o)

    1. Hi Katy,

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your contributions!



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