Motivation for Art and Life

It’s Terrifying

To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do – away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make mistakes.
—Art & Fear

I find this in myself over and over. The struggle to overcome fear is synonymous with the struggle to overcome laziness. Which pairs well, in my mind, with something I heard some time ago–motivation comes from doing.

This was astonishing to me. Stop waiting to be motivated? WHA? But there’s the fear and the not wanting to do anything wrong and the what ifs about if no one likes it and the failure … Guess it’s just something to which you become immune?

Just Start

Motivation will come with the momentum of forward movement, be it in art, exercise, or any other aspect of life.

p.s. This is a book I highly recommend reading. More than once!


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