How to achieve what you find difficult
We all find certain tasks or projects difficult to a lesser or greater degree. Therefore, how can we achieve and overcome these difficulties? For creative types such as you and I, this can be quite frustrating. The simple answer is to practice, but sometimes we can be a little more specific.
We can employ a little critical self-analysis and take note of our weakness. We aren’t always great at what we do, or what we try to do. Sometimes we fall short in our creative endeavours because of tiny mistakes or because we are unable to do one part of what we are trying to create. A lot of the time the answer can be found through a learning process. Don’t know how to style that web page? Then find a tutorial on CSS and learn. But it can be a little less obvious than that.
This is where self-analysis can help out. We need to find the little blind-spots that we have, and we all have them. Questions like ‘what am I not good at?’, ‘what do I struggle with?’ and ‘where do I often get things wrong?’ are ideal for this self-analysis. The point is not to find out your faults and beat yourself up, but to identify them and find some solutions. Find out the problem or issue and then look for, and implement a solution.
Did someone say spelling?
Let me give you a couple of personal examples. Although you’d not notice it by reading my posts (ahem, I do apologise), I have a blind spot when it comes to spelling certain words and grammar issues. I could blame it on the teaching system in the UK during the 80s and never improve my creative writing. However, realising that I do fall short I looked for a few simple solutions. One that I found really helpful was to keep a list of words that I always seem to spell wrong. I found the words quite easily by noticing that wavy red line on the word processor, but I still kept spelling them wrong. Now I have the list, I am making fewer mistakes.
Do you feel your creative output is becoming stale? That it all ends up looking, sounding or reading the same? One solution I use is to change my process. I notice a distinct difference to music I compose strumming the guitar to music created on the piano.
Don’t be afraid of some critical self-analysis. Identify the problem and then act on the solution, your creative output will benefit.