Our dear Composer of Music for Art does not find much time for reading. She is committed to staying in touch with the world, however, and tries to keep up with her Time magazine. She came across an article many months ago that discussed the brain’s decision making process. The upshot of the article was the the anxiety and hand-wringing we occasionally (or more than occasionally) go through with respect to making the final “cut” is rather a waste of energy. In fact, studies have shown, according to the article, that whatever choice we make between two reasonable options becomes the “right” choice for us. In other words, having made the decision, the brain settles in and accepts that decision as the right one. In other words, choose your ground and stand your ground and you will be fine.
In every phase of our project work, we are involved in this process of choosing between creative options. If we have committed to composing, for example, an African groove, the choice between two African drums for the heart of the groove is not so critical. We can make our selection and run with it. That drum we choose will soon be planted in our brain as the “right” drum.
This willingness to take the leap more quickly, when faced with two reasonable choices, has a tremendous advantage in terms of our overall creative process. We can produce more quickly. We can stay firmly in touch with the overall concept for our work. We can more easily find that creative zone where the Creator’s energy is flowing through us, where our spontaneous efforts are yielding the most amazing results.
You think deeply and carefully about your work. On this strong foundation you evolve a range of valid options for the execution and detail of your project. You can choose with confidence from this menu, as you would explore the menu of a fine restaurant. And like the entree you choose, you will savor your creative choice all the more for flowing with it, committing to it more quickly and more fully, and discovering how effectively your choice integrates into your overall project as a result of your strong confidence.