It’s Saturday morning. I just got back from Brueggers where I had breakfast and spent some time reading Twyla Tharp’s new book on creativity. The book is timely for me because it focuses early on discipline, habit, and ritual, things sorely lack in my life, and because I have just come to the conclusion that I need some sort of plan for getting back on track. I was doing well with my life until late winter. At that point, because of shin splints, I stopped exercising and then everything else fell apart. I was derailed – actually, I derailed myself. Now I need to get back on track.
If it isn’t obvious already, I come down on the side of hard work. That’s why this book is called The Creative Habit. Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits. That’s it in a nutshell.
Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous, yet you do it anyway because our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.