This morning I woke up and oddly began to focus on life in a downer kind of way. I described life as teasing me and began coming up with many examples. It didn't last for long and I realized that even though this is a valid perspective, it is not a productive one nor is it helpful. So I decided to focus on what in life that I worked on worked out. I began to discover a pattern which leads me to ask this question.
Do we create through our dominant focus?
What if we never never never fail, and everything always always always works out perfectly according to our dominant focus? Because only a consistent focus on the desired outcome will succeed. But so often we allow our motives to be compromised. Okay, I am talking about myself here. But life does not operate as we think it ought all the time, it operates as it does, period. I'll start a project with a goal in mind but not see the motives behind my initial jump into it. Sometimes it could be money, other times to feel like I belong, and still other times to test my capabilities. EVERY TIME I successfully got what I was REALLY after. But those all are not the project you see. The project is the project and that is only not attained because the motive switches from "A successful childrens book" (if it even started there) to "Oh the client loves my work, better just keep them impressed" to "Wow this is allot of work, better take some breaks" to "Oh please oh please just let this be done finally! Let me be free of this forever!" It's an attitude which I feel as my dominant emotional response to the project at the time when if I REALLY was concerned about the project's success I would have had the dominant thought "Ooh I can't wait to see this on the store shelves! I can't wait to see how well this does once it's complete! Ooh I look forward to reading this to my children should I have them someday!" But Nope, I just wanted to be done. Just seeing this now. And now I can truly test this out.
All you have to do is look into your past and observe all your "failures" and with the notion that it worked out perfectly according to your focus/attitude/motive/intent at any given point along its creation, you will be able to see that that focus DID in fact successfully get created. You only ever succeeded at creating what in the moment mattered most to you! Observe your Creations and look at what your attitude was. What were you truly truly focused on.
Thus a success is nothing more than a focus that is clear in intent and maintained throughout the creative process. The whale above is an example. I was so in love with the dream I had I woke up, immediately began working on it and didn't stop until it was completed. All I wanted was to have something to remind me of the dream and the sculpture felt the most "real" thing to be able to hold. My focus was simple, pure and consistent.
All things creative.