Having a moment of nausea in the midst of recovering from a nasty stomach bug. Let's just say, thought I was ready for solids, and I wasn't. Moving on...
Taking a quick sketch break to practice on my iPad Pro and calm my mind with art therapy. Ended up drawing this little caricature of myself in default wardrobe, sipping a cup of coffee (or as is the current case, plain ol' hot water...)
Feeling the need to add some wisdom to this post, I flipped through a book that I've been reading, which came recommended by a fellow creative gal. The book is called "Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality" by Scott Belsky.
I opened up to a few paragraphs I had underlined and re-read them, and got the feeling that this book was legit written TO me. Most of this excerpt below is actually by Seth Godin, quoted by Belsky in his book. For context: (1) shipping = releasing something, the final act whether publishing, hitting send, or launching and (2) lizard brain = "our primal tendencies to keep us safe by avoiding danger and risk."
'When you run out of money or you run out of time, you ship... If your mind-set is 'I ship,' that's not just a convenient shortcut, it's in fact an obligation... Instead of becoming someone who's a wandering generality - and someone who has lots of great ideas and 'if only, if only, if only,' you are someone who always ends up shipping.'
'Every single time we get close to shipping, every single time the manuscript is ready to send to the publisher, the lizard brain speaks up... The lizard brain says, 'They're gonna laugh at me,' 'I'm gonna get in trouble...' The lizard brain [screams] at the top of its lungs. And so, what happens is we don't do it. We sabotage it. We hold back. We have another meeting.'
'The lizard brain interferes with execution by amplifying our fears and conjuring up excuses to play it safe. Suddenly the responsibilities of our full-time jobs or our personal lives will support our lizard brain's call for retreat. While the lizard brain stays quite when we have monotonous jobs with a paycheck for doing what we're told, it becomes riled when we start to challenge the status quo'
Belsky summarizes: "By committing to always shipping regardless of success or failure, Godin is able to battle the barrage of excuses thrown at him by his primal self."
Sound like anyone you know?
I can relate to this on so many levels. Because, man, failure is scary. But I always think about it this way: (1) I'm my own worst critic because (2) chances are no one actually cares as much as I think they do and (3) what's the ABSOLUTE WORST that can happen?
And so, go forth, and just try it.