“My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.”
– Michael Jordan
Have you looked at what your creative crutch is?
What I mean by that is, what’s the strategy/excuse you use most frequently to not finish something?
For me it’s research. I need to have that warm fuzzy blanket to rest with the knowledge that I’ve done my due diligence.
It’s my definite go to.
“Oh, I just have to check some more things!”, “That’s interesting. I need to look deeper into that!” and so on.
While it’s on occasion turned out to be a good vice to have, it’s honestly kept me from doing more. The things I’ve done have only been marginally better for it. I highly doubt that it’s made any significant difference to anyone else but me.
With practice I’ve gotten better at spotting when things are just “good enough” but I still need to remind myself of that fact. Boy, do I need to do that.
I was talking to a friend about this and thanked him for being patient and listening to me. I just needed to talk to somebody about it.
He dropped some truth on me when he said: “We all need to know that the struggle is real.”
I had to laugh. I’m talking about having the problem of “researching too much.”
We talked for a little longer until we just said: “We’ve talked enough. Let’s do this shit!” and got back to some actual work.
I think that it’s both healthy and productive to let these things have their course. As long as we’re aware of what we’re actually doing.
So, what’s your creative crutch? How often do you lean on it? Have you found ways of working around it or through it?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!