May 28, 2013

Getting in the mood


“I’m not in the mood”. 

Have you ever said this before? I bet you have. I say it all the time. Recently, I’ve been skim reading articles (this is basically what I do every day) and in some shape or form, most of them appear to link back to ‘moods’ or ‘feeling like’ doing something/not doing something. The idea that to accomplish our best work we have to be in some sort of ethereal mood seems quite bizarre, yet it effects us daily.

Funny isn’t it, that as humans, we so often wait for moods to determine our behaviour and decisions.

I so often don’t go for drinks, have a bad day at work, or don’t write on this blog for weeks because I’m ‘not in the mood’ but what does a mood actually mean, and how do we get over them? Learning to let external factors breeze over you is easier said than done. But waiting for a certain amount of inspiration or perfect surrounding to achieve your best work is a myth. If you are ‘waiting for the right time’ then your end goal will become further and further away. It’s like starting the diet or writing the first chapter of your book when it ‘feels right’. Just do it, start it, finish it. Conquer your bad/weird/uneasy mood and get on with it is the conclusion that is unanimously shared by great creative people:

Three quotes that stood out for me, from this Brainpicker article:

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has go to get down to work.” Peal S Buck

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Chuck Close

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” E. B. White

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