How to Get Out of Your Head and Get Unstuck Creatively

Use the powers of objectivity and agency for additional resources

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Brainstorming in the middle of a creative drought is not much fun. You sit there trying for ideas, and you try… and you try… and you try…


Today I will introduce you to a couple of mind hacks to see your creative block from a different perspective. This will allow you to give yourself some additional resources to overcome mental obstacles and get you back in idea and implementation mode.

Step back from yourself for a moment

Step out of yourself. That’s not you sitting there at the desk or table, experiencing a creative block. That’s your little brother or little sister. They’re stuck. Their assignment is due tomorrow, and they’re terrified they’re going to have to tell the teacher they have nothing.

You live your lil’ bro/lil’ sis. You’re not going to let them go to school empty-handed, are you?

No! You don’t care how long it takes. You don’t care how far out-of-the-box you have to think. You’re going to approach this assignment with tenacity until you come up with an idea that is so hot, it sizzles!

An alternate way to look at it

Can’t get into the little brother/sister visualization? Okay, let’s try something else. Step back from yourself again. That person sitting at the table or desk is no longer you. That person is your life coaching client, paying you $300 an hour.

Ever since they hired you, you’ve been teaching them they cannot fail. This creative block they’re experiencing — it’s nothing but another teaching opportunity.

This is a different way of looking at things, but it’ll produce the same result. You’ll find yourself willing to sit there as long as possible, to get as wild and crazy as you have to with your ideas until your client has what they need to proceed. You’re going to leave them with the feeling that you not only earned your pay, but you were a bargain!

Why this works

There are two main reasons this approach to getting out of your own head leads to success:

Objectivity — When you try to create something for yourself, you are by the very nature attached to the outcome. It is a subjective process. By moving away from the idea that you are creating for yourself, you are able to see the bigger picture. You are able to see an entire forest of ideas, rather than the 5 or 6 trees in your immediate vicinity.

Agency — Helping others is a powerful motivator. This is especially true when the person you are helping is someone you have a relationship with, whether that person is a loved family member or a lucrative client.

Give it a try next time you get stuck. Step out of your head, and see your little brother, your little sister, or your client sitting there struggling… or maybe you see the person sitting at the table in a different way, one that still allows for objectivity and agency, but which works better for you. Open up a vast array of mental and creative resources by examining the problem from a different viewpoint.

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I write about writing, ideas, creativity, intuition, spirituality, life lessons. Ex-college teacher Twitter: @paulryburn

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