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What Really Stops You From Making Time for Your Art (Part 2)

(See Part 1 of this series here.)

We all want time to do our creative work. 

And it’s possible to have it–even if it’s always been hard for you to find time. 

One reason you might have had trouble making time for your art? 

You’re stuck in a habit loop.

Habit loops

Here’s a scenario you might recognize: 

In the evening, you squeeze in the last bit of work… which means you go to sleep late. In the morning, you’re exhausted, so you lie in bed trying desperately to snatch at some last few moments of sleep. 

When you finally get up, it’s too late to exercise because you need to do things for the kids. By the time the kids are off to school, your body feels off, you feel cranky and pressed for time.

You’d planned to write, but the rest of the day’s responsibilities are staring you in the face. 

“I can’t today. I don’t have time,” you say.

And there goes another day. 

Repeated over and over again, this becomes another week, another month, another year, and another decade. Until the day there truly is no more time.

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It doesn’t have to be this way. 

Even though it might seem like “this is just how things are,” the truth is there are many ways to create the life we want. We just can’t see them when we’re caught in the loop. 

But, to be artists doing our work, we have to get out of those loops–and find a way of being that SERVES OUR ART.

Where habit loops come from

Habit loops are created from a complex intersection of physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual ways of being. 

For example, I come from a Taiwanese immigrant family. There’s a long history of working hard to survive and succeed.

That showed up as certain physical habits (always pushing to accomplish one more thing), mental beliefs (“You have to do the practical thing” and “You have to work hard”), emotions (an underlying habit of worry), energies (an ancestral story that “We don’t get to do what we love”), and spiritual ways of being (getting caught in fear and not opening to divine guidance that would help me succeed).

All of those factors came together to create the habit loop of “going to bed late and getting up too late to write.” 

You have your own version–your own habit loop–created by your own combination of physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual states.

So is this impossible to get past? 

It sounds like there are SO many things to deal with… just to write a few pages, right? 

How will you ever manage?

Freeing yourself

Photo by Natalia Makarovska via Adobe Stock

Fortunately, taking out one strand–removing one “lynchpin”–can collapse the whole habit loop… so you can do your art. 

This is what we do in the Artist in Action program. 

To start doing their creative work regularly and easily, my clients don’t have to heal every single trauma, childhood experience, or past life. 

They don’t have to clear every chakra, do months of therapy, or hire a coach for years and years. 

(Now, to be sure, there’s nothing wrong with any of those things. To do your truest, best creative work, you DO have to clear anything that’s blocking YOU as a divine channel.

But, you don’t have to do ALL of that to get started, to find time for your creative work, or be an artist who does your work regularly and easily.)

Instead, in Artist in Action, we go straight to a simple, practical “lynchpin”–and shift it–so you get in action right away, doing your creative work. 

Interested? Email me.

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