What to do when you have “nothing to share” (or when the exact opposite is true)

What do you tell the world when you have nothing...absolutely NADA...to share?

If you’re in the business of sharing with a capital “S” (like most of us in the digital age), you’ve probably had a moment (or few) when your brain went blank.

No inspiration.

Zilch divine revelations.

And absolutely zero electric light bulbs flickering above your head.

Yes, silence can be golden, but it can also be a just a teensy bit terrifying when you’re trying to tell the world something wildly, critically important.

Funnily enough, it’s the emphasis on “important” that really can mess us up when we’re trying to wrestle with our creativity. If we put too much weight on the end result, our fragile egos get a little bent out of shape.

We get stuck precisely because we are so darned convinced that everything we need to do is ESSENTIAL. And if we don’t do it all perfectly every single time, the world will surely end.

When you’re crumbling under that kind of pressure, it’s no wonder our creativity packs up and takes a holiday. And the more we try and force a solution, the less inspired we feel.

Still feel like you’ve got “nothing to share”? Try these tricks:

  1. Get real. Look at the task you’re trying to prep for, and recognize that it’s never as critically important as your brain insists it is. I always say that unless you’re prepping the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, it’s probably not a task of earth-shattering importance. Take the pressure off, do a good job, and then MOVE ON. (And if you are signing UN treaties, delegate jobs to your staff more often and stop reading my blog posts…you’ve got enough on your damn plate.)

  2. Get terrible. It sounds counterintuitive, but trying to do the worst job ever will often help loosen up our brains. If we remember how to play, make messes, and write truly terrible blog posts, we’ll start to remember how to have fun again. And fun is the magic ingredient for any creative endeavour.

  3. Get honest. This is maybe the best trick to try, but it’s often the hardest to tackle. When I truly feel I’m stuck in the mud, I’ll try to backtrack and figure out why I’m unable to find my words, I’ve noticed that often I really have PLENTY to say, but I’m too darned scared to speak up and make my opinions known. Figure out what is bugging you, spill the beans, and move on.