Got an email a few weeks ago from Gabriel.

The subject line was “Losing My Inspiration.”

He shared that he really wants to spend more time playing guitar and making music, but he never does. He’s either too tired or worried it won’t make a difference.

Here was my reply:

Here’s what I would say. I recently read and re-read the book The War of Art. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It’s a quick read, and it might help you deal with some of this.

In the book, Pressfield calls what you’re doing “Resistance.” Resistance is the thing that keeps you from creating art. It comes in many forms.

He quotes a famous author who answered the question, “Do you only write when inspiration strikes?” The author responded, “Yes, I only write when inspiration strikes. Incidentally, inspiration strikes every morning at 9am sharp.”

See, he sits down and makes himself do the work every day, and it has a funny way of making inspiration strike.

Avoiding the issue won’t solve it. Waiting for the stars to align won’t work. You’ll never have a 12-hour block of time where you’ll be completely uninterrupted, where you can just PLAY.

But it sounds like the desire to play is there, you just need to act on it. You SAY you want to play, that you crave it, but your actions tell me that you don’t really want to. Something is in the way.

Are you worried you’ll waste your time? That what you play won’t be any good? That’s a common concern. The truth is…it might NOT be any good. And that’s okay. The more you create, the more likely you’re going to stumble onto something great. The less you create, the less likely that’s going to EVER happen.

I think you know the answer.

Just go play. No strings attached. Don’t judge it when your done. Give yourself X minutes to play, then walk away. If everything you play is garbage, okay, no big deal. Walk away. Then come back and do it again tomorrow.

Do that for a week or two. I bet things will turn around for you.


Substitute the word “play” above with “mix,” and you’ve got a recipe for drastically improving your mixes.

I talk about that in my new eBook, and we’ll be seeing this principle in action as a part of the new Understanding Mixing class.

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Joe Gilder
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