At some point, as creatives, we have to put brush to paper or word to paper. I find myself ‘thinking’ about what I am going to do but acting on those thoughts seem to take a back seat. I firmly believe that what we focus on expands but, at some point, taking action on those thoughts is what is most important. After all, if I spend all day thinking about what I’m going to paint – well, the painting never gets started.
What is the biggest hurdle to taking action? Usually, for me, it’s the thought of messing up or ending up with something less than pleasing – I would never think that one of my creations is perfect (whose is?) so I doubt that perfection ever enters my mind when painting. It does in other areas of my creative palette – like graphic design or crafting with thread or paper. I have a real problem with wanting things to turn out perfectly then. But painting? Nah – I know I haven’t reached any level of proficiency with painting to expect perfection.
What holds you back? Think about it then let it go – dig in, get messy and move your hands!