Creative Mornings: Anxiety

In creativity, inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to speak at Creative Mornings Columbus. Creative Mornings is a global organization, and every month the core team designates a theme for that month’s speakers across the country.

In January, the theme was Anxiety and the Columbus speaker seeker (thanks, Julie!) asked me to present on the topic.

Anxiety is kind of a scary topic. While I’ve experienced anxiety more frequently as an adult, it’s never been something I’ve talked about much. It’s impossible for me to calibrate my own experiences with anxiety with the experiences other people have…I imagine my experience is more intense than some, and less intense than many.

And so I talked most about the battle creative professionals face every day: the fight against The Resistance. I’ve written about it a bit before, but The Resistance is a name coined by Steven Pressfield in The War of Art and further made popular by Seth Godin.

There’s no overcoming The Resistance — the best you can hope for is recognizing and harnessing it to create good work.

I have a lot to say on the subject, and so I’ll let this recorded version of me go ahead and do just that. Enjoy!


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