A professor once told his class, "we don't get stuck from having no ideas, but from having too many."
I realized, my mind churns and spins with ideas at an alarming rate. If I don't get them out fast enough, they build up and bottleneck the whole creative processes. I become overwhelmed at the sheer number of ideas and end up doing none of them, which then discourages me.
The professor told the class the solution to this problem though, "pick something and go with it. Don't think about it. Just do it. Then go on to the next."
Can it really can be that simple? Yes.
By picking one idea and running with it, momentum is created. The idea will either take off and fly or crash into the ground and be dragged through the mud, but forward progress has been made either way. This is the key to break through bottlenecks.
What if it fails?
What if it falls flat?
What if it is lame?
We need to give ourselves permission to fail, to fall flat, and to be lame because it will give us confidence to create. We also need to give ourselves permission to succeed, to inspire, and to be authentic because it is possible.
So I am giving myself permission to follow through, on one idea at a time, because in the end I need to create or I will explode.
Do you ever experience creative bottlenecks?