Jessica is an author and cartoonist with a head for organization and systems, abilities she’s put to very good use as she has explored how to make creative work with less anxiety and more ease.
She works with creative professionals (and serious non-professionals) to get a clear, strategic view of their ambitious projects, and help them get through the woods and that creative transformation that comes on the other side of finishing.
In this episode, Jessica discusses:
-How the only way out is through.
-The difference between children and adults, and how she is surprised that her kids are afraid to fail.
-The importance of not hating yourself for not being good at something when you start.
-Dealing with the “Should Monsters.”
-Speaking to yourself in third person instead of first person in an attempt to treat yourself more kindly, like a friend.
-How willpower is a limited resource.
-The Creative Focus Workshop and what people can expect from it.
-Looking at the things that you need to learn in order to move forward as small projects themselves.
-Who can gain the most from The Creative Focus Workshop.
-The power of community, especially when it comes to dealing with creative struggles.
-The story behind her book, Out on the Wire.
-The Out on the Wire Podcast and what it has to offer its listeners.
Jessica’s Final Push will inspire you to see the value of prioritization and honing in on a single goal at a time.
“The job of getting through a big, ambitious project essentially defines what it is to be a creative person.”
“Relying on pure willpower is totally unreliable because it is such a limited resource.”
“The more you are able to have a single goal at a time, the happier you are going to be.”
“Choosing one thing and putting all of your energy into that thing is the key.”
“The joy and the power of having things finished is immense.”