There are lots of reasons why you shouldn’t create something, but only one good reason why you should. What are your reasons? What is your answer to the ultimate question regarding your creation?
I know a lot of artists and writers who struggle with motivation, allowing all their fears to hold them back from starting on something they are passionate to create. I’ve been one of them. The biggest problem I see for people is that they allow their inner critic to run the show. They editorialize before they even have something concrete for the inner editor to respond to.
There are lots of reasons people generally have for not making something. These are the top seven I usually hear.
- It’s been done.
- I don’t know how to start.
- The project is too big for me.
- There’s no market for it.
- I can’t make a living at it.
- I might not succeed.
- I might realize I don’t like it.
- Everything may have been done, but no one has done it like you would do it.
- Something may be a huge project, but the only step that you should focus on is the next step.
- There’s never a market for anything until someone makes it.
- You can always make a living at something while you are doing what you love.
- Not trying at all is a perfect way not to succeed. Besides, success is relative. Most “successful” people have “failed” more than they have “succeeded”.
- You are completely, 100% free to change your mind about anything. And if you go into something without commitment fears, you are much more likely to see all of the things you love about it (or be able to be honest with yourself about what isn’t working).
Ultimately, there is only one thing you need to ask yourself when you are considering making something.
Do you really care about it? Do you really want to do it? Does it satisfy a yearning in your soul to pursue it?
That’s it. If the answer is yes, get started, do the first thing, and then the second thing, and then the third. You will probably realize as you do it that you have a new way to do it, that starting is actually quite simple, that it isn’t as big as you thought, that you just hadn’t met your market, and you have all the money you need for where you are at right now with your creation. If you are having fun, your parameters for success will be much different, and you will be well set up to succeed admirably.
You don’t need any justification, clarification, or explanation other than, “Yes, I want to do this.” That’s it. You have absolute freedom of choice in your own life, and all that the world needs from you is to be true to yourself.
Start with the premise that life is your ally, and that your only job is to show up and be yourself. Get out of your own way and you’ll be amazed what comes out of you, and what shows up to come to your aid. For goodness sake, have fun!