When you’re out of ideas, or overwhelmed, put a blank piece of paper in front of you. Have a pen in your hand, and just wait. Wait for the creative wave, wait for thoughts, wait for the words to write themselves. Soon enough, it will happen. You will generate ideas. You will feel creative. You will want to write. And then you will want to write more.
I use this analogy all the time, but in some ways i do not think of it as an analogy, rather a way of living. It can be applied in many ways:
Think of a blank sheet of paper. It has nothing on it, but it represents a world of opportunities. You can write or do whatever you want with that paper. You can draw, create something, write something. And these options themselves give trillions of possibilities. It is the blank piece of paper that is the start of many amazing creations.
When your head is feeling full, or your overwhelmed. The blank piece of paper could represent your journal/diary. Sit down with it and just write. Write your thoughts, ideas, emotions, poems. Do a brain dump. Write a list. Draw. Do some oregano. The blank piece of paper allows you to think.
Take a minute to think of all the incredible books that exist today. They all started with a blank piece of paper.
Of all the great businesses and successful companies. They all started with a plan. A blank piece of paper.
Of all great paintings and drawings. Nothing more than a blank piece of paper.
For many people, the blank piece of paper can be scary. It shows emptiness, lack of ideas, ultimately nothing. And that can quite easily cause fear. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Think of it as opportunity. A fresh start. Think of it as a world of never ending possibilities. Embrace the emptiness.
Next time you find yourself in the company of a blank piece of paper, you know what to do.