Last night I started reading The Dance of the Possible by Scott Berkun. It’s a thin little primer on creativity — what it is and how to get more of it. I’ve always enjoyed Berkun’s no-nonsense, yet slightly humorous tone and this book is no different.
Berkun’s first chapter is called “The Source.” Where do good ideas come from? Aliens? Magic? No, it comes from action.
1. If there’s something you want to do, you must simply go do it.
2. If you want to be better at something, do it more often.
3. If you want to improve faster, ask someone who knows more than you to watch you and give their advice.
I’ve been in a bit of a rut. A rut where it’s hard to put my finger on exactly what is wrong but it’s nagging me nonetheless. I can’t articulate what I want or need, but the same phrase keeps running through my ahead, “Action defeats despair.”
His three point list was a perfect reminder for me.
Feeling sorry for myself is not going to make me feel better. Doing something, even if that something doesn’t turn out to be the thing that makes me feel better, is certainly better than doing nothing. And if I try something and it doesn’t work at least I’ll have an answer. The more things I try, the more things I’ll be able to cross off my list. Eventually I’ll narrow down the cause of this rut.
This rut will not go away by thinking about it. I need to go out and “simply do it.”
But as I just wrote above, I’m not really sure what I need to do! Cut my hair? Get a hobby? Learn a new software? Read self-help books? Your guess is as good as mine. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never stuck with is blogging.
I follow so many interesting people online and the common thread across all of them is that they take time to write and share their ideas. And I get so much out of all of their thoughts. Writing is a great way to meet people and I’ve learned so much from their thoughts and experiences. I’d like to share my ideas and maybe meet more people or connect with people with similar interests.
So, what does the title of this post have to do with anything? After reading Berkun’s list I started generating a list in my own head. They “Why I haven’t blogged” list.
- No one will read what I write, and that will make me feel sad
- Too many people will read what I write, and criticize me and my ideas
- I have nothing to write about
- I have too many things to write about
- My ideas aren’t interesting
- I don’t know what platform I should use to publish my posts
As soon as I listed these out in my head, I laughed. Many of my list items conflict each other, which of course has led to paralysis and no action.
But today and with this post, I am putting an end to inaction.