As I was listening though, I ran into a not-so-pleasant surprise. As I listened to myself answering questions about the creative process and the discipline it takes to create art, I began to reflect on the fact that I was no longer living out some of the things I had advised in the interview. There were certain practices and mindsets that, at the time of the interview, I had been fully invested in, but in the months between the recording and the publish date, I had let them slip out of my life.
I don’t think this is because I’m an outright hypocrite who doesn’t practice what he preaches (or at least I hope not). For whatever reason (or excuse), I had lost some of the intention and fire I’d had only a few months ago. And now, here was my former self, coming back to remind me of the way I should be working and living.
When you’re in a fruitful season, where you’re inspired and firing on all cylinders, it’s important to capture your practices, thoughts, and mindset. When you find what works for you, make note of it! Write it in a journal. Leave a reminder in your phone. Record an interview, even an interview with yourself. Then, when a dry season somes, which it will, look back at your log and take your own advice. If we plan in advance for seasons of drought, we will remain fruitful, even when everyone else is withering away.