Don’t worry about “the way” — just do the work.

It’s late January’s reality check on resolutions/goals/visions for 2018. And, I don’t know if you’ve been feeling it, but the energy this month is not about dreaming. It’s about getting dirty. Down to brass tacks. Doing the work.

But what gets in our way? What stops us from just doing it?

Fear, laziness, daydreaming, worrying about the “how.” How am I going to get this done? How will I become a “success”?

What is the “right way” to do this thing I want to achieve?

I am not immune to such reflections. But if I had questioned myself into inertia I wouldn’t have done anything creative in my life.

I wouldn’t have picked up a keyboard after not having any training at 25-years-old and written my own songs. I wouldn’t have qualified myself worthy enough for writing essays and blog posts. I wouldn’t have started writing my first novel.

If we focus not on the "how," but on the “why” — which is the way, the process, the journey — the joy, love, and passion in the present naturally follow.

And this is exactly where we want to be in the first place.

 

Here are a few more thoughts to fuel your fire this month…

 

“I have never begun any important venture for which I felt adequately prepared.” –Sheldon Kopp

 

 “If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing.” –Alejandro Jodorowsky

 

Interviewer:  Where did you get the confidence from...?

Orson Welles:  Ignorance. Sheer ignorance, there's no confidence to equal it. It's only when you know something about a profession, you are timid.

My cameraman. He, like all great men, I think, who are masters of a craft, told me that there was nothing about camera work I couldn't learn in half a day... The great mystery that requires 20 years... does not exist... certainly not in the camera.

Stop trying to perfect the tool/craft. Just use it from where it comes — from yourself.”

Paraphrased from “Orson Welles talks about ‘Citizen Kane’ in 11-minute 1960 interview” below.