I often feel impotent before I begin working on a project. I am flooded with thoughts and questions like, "why bother?", "really, you are gonna do that again?" --"I think your best work is behind you now", don't you have a lot of stuff already sitting around that nobody seems to want?" I have learned to push through this negative thought log jam. Sometimes I think about all the stages a rocket takes to get a small space ship out of the earth's gravitational pull. You have to fight gravity to make art. Tom Petty sings "learning to fly - but I ain't got wings, coming down is the hardest thing" I think lifting off is pretty darn hard sometimes.
Making art is learning to fly, and lifting off can take a lot of effort. Several years ago I read a book titled Art and Fear that talked about how it is necessary to push through a certain resistance before we begin to make something. So knowing this is a thing, you can just go ahead and push through into being productive -- regardless of how you may feel in that moment or what crummy thoughts may be crimping your style.
We set things into motion by our decisions and choices. Deciding to begin making art releases a certain power within you that then can be imparted to the viewer who observes your finished work. As art makers, we are continually transforming simple materials with simple tools into completely new creations. As an artist, we are involved in transformation - and in doing so we ourselves are being transformed. This is what creation is all about, whether you want to talk about a "big bang" or a "garden of eden", artistic creation means touching down into a powerful mystery -- and the very source of life itself. So is it any wonder that we may have to go through a fight in order to open the door on this super good experience?