The pursuit of your ideal creative habits

Don’t strive to be an artist, designer, writer, or dancer. Your energy is better spent developing the ideal behaviors and habits of those roles.

Who is a writer but someone who writes, edits, and publishes? A dancer is someone who dances. An architect designs buildings. Yes, but the effort to fill those roles isn’t enough. And by approaching your passion as a means to an end (to become a writer, or an artist, or entrepreneur), the journey will be more challenging and ill-defined than if you focused on pursuing the habits of those roles.

Rather than asking yourself: “Who do I want to be?” Ask: “How do I want to behave?”

I think focusing your attention (and efforts) on the specific traits and behaviors of your ideal, creative self, you enable yourself to become the most realistic and empowered version of that identify. It also means you don’t have to pretend in order to get there. You don’t have to struggle to change your habits now to fit with who you are.

As David Cain of Raptitude writes in his article, Effort alone isn’t enough“This isn’t a matter of ‘Fake it until you make it.’ You aren’t trying to fool anyone, just to cultivate, as often as possible, a present moment sense of what right now feels like when you’re the person who’s already doing what you want to do.”

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