Today’s quote:

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. ~ Pearl S. Buck

English: Pearl Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning Am...
English: Pearl Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I don’t feel like it, so I won’t even try” – sounds familiar?

It is okay not to feel like doing anything “creative”, not to practise etc – once in a while. We all need time off.

If procrastination and postponing are your best friends however, it can sometimes be a good idea to make an appointment. Yes, as simple as that. Schedule time devoted to your art into your diary – to your ART, not the accounting and marketing related to your BUSINESS (although you can do that as well, but they are two different things). Honour that appointment, like you would honour any business appointment, and set a reminder (e.g. on your phone).

Why is it we freak out if we miss an important appointment with a business contact, but we often don’t show the same respect to our creative side?

So sit down and start. Even if the muse hasn’t kissed you yet. Even if the creative juices don’t want flow straightaway. You will be surprised how often you will get right into it after some staring at empty pages or canvasses, or aimlessly going through your song selections. And if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But at least you’ll have tried, and yes: That’s good enough…

© Petra Raspel 2013

About Petra Borzynski

Petra Borzynski is a voice coach and therapist with special expertise in helping (performing) artists and creatives to overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks to perform better and without fear. She has helped hundreds of people to prepare for or sustain a singing career, find personal fulfilment through music and overcome limiting beliefs & performance anxiety. Her articles on singing, creativity and performance psychology have been featured in several publications.


  1. Excellent and concise thoughts. I agree with you. I like the quote too.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Peter, I appreciate it.

      1. You’re welcome, you may have noticed I decided to use the quote for the month of March.

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