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Get Back To Your Real Work

Eric Maisel gives singers two essential ideas on staying focused.

Are you finding it hard to get to your creative work?

Many artists I know are frustrated by illnesses of the season, by disruptions caused by the holidays (disruptions that seem to be hanging on into the new year), by finding it not that easy to return to creative work or by finding other duties and responsibilities getting in the way, and more.

It feels like a frustrating time for many of you!

Two Ideas to Get You On Track

Let’s use a little recovery language here to help: the ideas of “first things first” and “one day at a time.”

1) First Things First: Almost certainly the first thing is health; if you are not feeling well you have no choice but to surrender to that reality and to strive to get better.

A second sense of “first things first” is the idea of getting to your creative work first thing each day, since life can prove so difficult and so fractured that if we don’t get to our creative work first thing we may lose that day entirely.

2) One Day At a Time: this means that we stay focused on our daily tasks, duties, goals, opportunities and meaning investments and get a grip on our mind so that we are not thinking too much about what might have been, what ought to be, or what will be.

We do the work directly in front of us on this day, whether that work is not drinking, writing our songs, enjoying a sweet moment, or engaging in moneymaking tasks.

The way to be present is to be present! You focus on this hour; then you focus on the next hour; and in that way you take your life “one day at a time.”

Try to both “take it easy” and “work hard”

That is such a lovely dance to master!

-Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, bestselling author of 40 books, and widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. His latest books are Natural Psychology: The New Psychology of Meaning (available at www.naturalpsychology.net) and Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning (New World Library, February, 2012). Please visit Dr. Maisel at www.ericmaisel.com or contact him at ericmaisel@hotmail.com.