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What's going to get you there? Forgiveness, forgiveness and forgiveness.

What's going to get you there? Forgiveness, forgiveness and forgiveness.

Creative momentum gets derailed by all sorts of life-related stuff. For me, living with an ongoing illness impacts the way I create. 

Here's one way I've handled that in the past: Expect myself to carry on and schedule productivity in-between feeling afraid, feeling unwell and managing medical practicalities. Fail to meet those expectations then pour on some self-judgment to make it even harder to get back to creative flow.

Ideally I'd avoid the unrealistic expectations in the first place (work in progress!) but I'm practising better recovery—after resting up, I try to skip the self-judgment and focus on taking one tiny step forward instead (and not with a sense of atonement but with generosity towards myself). 

One of the errors in thinking I see people make when they embark on creativity is they think the most important thing they need is discipline, when I think the most important thing you need is self-forgiveness. The only thing that’s going get you back to work on day 2 is if you forgive yourself for how bad your work was on day 1, and that’s not discipline, that’s just love.
— Elizabeth Gilbert from Episode #12 (with Brene Brown) of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert podcast (at 18:05)

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