The three main things that can trip us up before we even start are knowledge, fear, and environment. Each has its own traits and sub-barriers, and they also usually combine into bigger monsters that prevent us from acting on our creative pursuits.
1. You know too much
Sometimes too much information can keep us from starting. If we knew how much time and work we’ll need to put in, we’d likely not do it.
There’s a healthy balance of knowing enough and being naive/reckless. Not a basket of stupidity, just a pinch. Enough to begin. Enough to put aside your doubts and lack of answers and take a leap.
Creativity is about figuring things out as you go. If we knew everything, we would be too bored to start.
2. You don’t think you know enough
Thinking you don’t know enough is also a potential barrier. This is where you’re jumping from one book to another—as well as courses, or YouTube videos—always learning new stuff but never actually using it to build things.
Again, it’s a balance of knowing and unknowing. We’re not faking it—we’re filling in the gaps.
Fear can come from within and from others around you. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of wasting time and choosing the wrong direction. Fear comes from scarcity.
What helps me is fearing inaction.
The only thing we should be scared of is never pursuing our dreams because of our fear and the fear that others try to put on us.
Failure sucks—but complacency and dissatisfaction are even worse.
Our internal environment and our external environment can have a massive impact on our confidence and capability.
If you’re constantly telling yourself in your head that you suck or you’ll never amount to anything, then guess what—that’s only what you’re going to get.
But the comforting thing about thoughts is you don’t have to listen to them. If you don’t like what they are saying, then let them go and replace them with something better. Crowd out negativity with optimism.
Our external environment is difficult to change, but it’s possible. We have a say in who we spend our time with and what we spend our time on.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1124
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