There was an interesting article a few weeks back in TIME. It seems, with respect to decisions, that given a reasonable amount of time we usually feel that the choice we made was the better one. In other words, having chosen between 2 or more reasonable options, over a period of time we psychologically embrace our choice as the “right” one.
Does that mean that our “choices” are not particularly relevant? Our choices are important, but perhaps we can rely on our gut feelings and not be too hung up over options. Creative personalities especially, are turning things over and over, obsessing a bit, considering all the implications of a particular element in their work, or the combination of elements. If we are cultivating a discipline in our creative process – that we work straight, with good sleep, in a conducive environment, in touch with our emotional responses to the experiences of the day, in touch with where we are at in the creative cycle – then the decisions we are making during our process will reflect our productive state of mind and the creative requirements of the moment and most immediate subsequent moments.
We should remember also, that whatever creative choices we make, we must contend with the limitations inherent in any one given option, and also be prepared for the inevitable challenges. A choice that grows out of your daily discipline does not imply a free ride – you will still wrestle and curse, but you will reap in the end.
Tuning in to make choices which flow out of your healthy process and casting away doubts about those choices will propel you along in your work. You may discover the choice you made was merely a first step towards a final solution, or choice.
And the satisfaction of the “aha!” moment, that moment of true connection, that gift of certainty about a choice, is every bit as ewarding as the money and the fame which is also gonna come your way!