How to Start Doing Something

Start doing it.

That’s the simple answer. Just take some sort of action and you’ll be surprised how quickly your excuses like “I don’t know how” or “I’m not good enough yet” are obliterated. Better yet, your favorite excuse of “I don’t know what project to focus on” will go away too because the answer will clearly become “the project I’m already working on.”

EVEN better yet, this approach works when you don’t have the foggiest idea for what to work on. You’re a writer? Start typing. Painter? Put a brush on a canvas. Elaborate sand castle guy? Scoop something up in your small, red plastic bucket and dump it out. There. You’ve started. Most of the time, this is all it takes to get the creative part of your brain flowing. If all you do is fret about what to do and how to start, then you’re stuck in the analytical and/or fear-based part of your brain. In this state, no wonder all of your ideas seem to suck. It’s action that kickstarts the magic, not the other way around.

Originally published at on June 3, 2015.