When you decide to create something out of nothing or to take up a new hobby, it is very easy to get lost in the negative aspect instead of focusing on all the joy your new hobby or craft brings to you.
There are several things that can get in the way with a new hobby or craft. However, there are ways to be aware of these downsides and ways to avoid them as well.
1. Over Thinking
Over thinking can really take some joy out of a new hobby just as over planning any important event can deplete you. If you find yourself over thinking, then take some time to refresh and recharge. Sometimes stepping away from a creative endeavor is exactly the thing that you need in order to come up with even more creative ideas.
Procrastination is the ruination of creativity, especially when it comes to your new hobby or craft. If you have chosen to take up a new hobby, for example a musical instrument, you may find that procrastination is something you will now have to deal with regularly.
If you find yourself procrastinating, you are not alone. Most creative people procrastinate as a way to fuel their creative juices. What some call daydreaming, others call creative license. Allow yourself an allotted amount of time to procrastinate even if you have to set a timer. Sometimes giving yourself a break is all that you need in order to return to your hobby or craft with a renewed sense of spirit and mind.
3. Negative Talk
Negative talk is the enemy of success. With any new endeavor, negative talk is the self-sabotaging way that we all try to talk ourselves out of success. It lets us off the hook instead of having us admit that we may be responsible for our new-found success.
When you first start out with your new hobby, passion, or craft, you are excited and enthusiastic. That can soon wear off and the reality of what you have taken on sets in. In order to keep your momentum going, it is important to remember to be your own best friend. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people and give yourself a break once in a while. This will keep your creative momentum going and allow you to defeat that negative talk before it begins.
Another way to make yourself discouraged is to compare yourself to crafters who have been doing it for years. You look at their work and think, “I’ll never be that good!” Well, they weren’t that good either when they first started.
In the book If You Can Talk You Can Write, Joel Saltzman states that perfectionism leads to paralysis and that leads to procrastination. That bit of wisdom can apply to creative crafts as well as writing.
When we are following our passions, it is so easy to be caught up in trying to be perfect. This almost always defeats the creative purpose. Let things flow and allow your craft or hobby to show up with joy and enthusiasm instead of trying too hard and overworking it. When you let yourself relax into the process, you will find that your creative juices will flow more freely and that will almost always show up in your work.