Beginnings are harder than they should be
Some people have a really hard time finishing something. I do, too! I also have a really hard time starting something. This is especially true when I find a creative project I want to pursue.
I have an idea for a story in my head that’s probably been there for over a year. I have yet to sit down and start it. I’m not sure if I just can’t think of how it begins or if I’ve convinced myself that’s true because I won’t motivate myself enough to do it.
I have another story that’s been stewing in my head for about the same amount of time. It’s been on the backburner so long that it definitely needs new ingredients. It may end up being used for nothing more than an anecdote in this story about starting projects. I actually started that project in a workshop a while back, but never got around to finishing it. Sound familiar? I’m sure you’ve dealt with a similar situation in your life.
Waiting On “Perfect”
Why do we make this so hard? A piece of advice that has come up repeatedly in my life that I never seem to grasp, is to just “do” that cool thing you want to do. Those Nike commercials were popular for a reason. If there is something you want to make, then make it. Don’t expect it to be good. Just expect it to get done. You’ll be waiting forever if you’re waiting on “perfect.”
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Do The Damn Thing
This all stems from a fear of failure. You can’t really fail at something you never start, right? I guess it’s technically true, but letting fear hold you back from doing the damn thing is its own kind of failure.
What’s the worst that could happen? Get it done.