I sat down at the computer without having meditated or journaled, and I rushed through the work. It wasn't that it was hard—I wasn't writing much more than a page or two, but it could've been easier. Had I chosen to take even five minutes to clear my mind and relax, the whole process would have taken 10-15 minutes, rather than the 40-50 minutes it actually took—minutes taken in a somewhat stressed state. There was no reason for it, but I fell into the mindset we've all been taught (most of us, at least), the push-through-and-get-it-done mindset. I am not at all saying not to take action, but there is never a reason to push through in a state of stress. Push through in a relaxed state, yes, but then, it wouldn't be referred to as pushing through. It would be creative flow and pleasurable focus, and it is so much better than the work-hard-no-matter-what-the-cost idea we've been taught is admirable and ideal.
I personally enjoy being (mostly) stress free. There is clarity and ease in all endeavors when in this state. You just make better stuff (technical term, of course). You can zig and zag and appeal to everyone. You feel that you are connecting to others, because you feel connected while creating. You are in the zone, the flow, the genius (which we ALL have), the muse, the intuitive, the authentic. You are the realest when you work in your most uplifting and positive mindset. Work is gloriously fun, as is everything, when you are in your best mindset. It's a no brainer, really, but it takes great focus to shake off years of learning that you have to suffer for art, that you have to toil long and hard to make it. Once you know what really creates success—your thinking before any action, you will be disappointed when you do it any other way. You'll keep focusing to your best line of thinking over and over, and it'll be fun to know how easy it is to continuously and happily be in the zone.
Happy creating! Happy writing! Happy being!
Big giant hugs and love,