Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 25, 2015
Inspiration, Pursuing Your Passion
Today is the last day of the seven-day writing challenge that I’m participating in. I’ve successfully written seven blog posts (including this one) in a row. Taking the time each day to sit down has taught me two things:
- There’s magic in repetition
- You can’t wait for things to be perfect before you get started
If you want to get things done, you just have to sit down and do the work.
Yet many of us don’t fully realize the power of establishing and sticking with a routine.
We know we should get around to doing whatever it is we should be doing, but it’s way too easy to put it off. Giving yourself a deadline to come up with something every day doesn’t leave you any room for excuses. If you know you have to come up with something every day, you’re going to sit down every day and do the work. And if you’re the type that needs a little accountability, participating in public challenges like the #YourTurnChallenge is the perfect boost you need.
Before I started this challenge, I suffered from analysis paralysis. Every idea in my head wasn’t good enough to work on, because it wasn’t perfect. I demanded unrealistic expectations of myself, thinking every blog post I wrote had to be long, elaborate manifestos with messages that had never been written before.
But that’s not fair.
Sticking to that standard would mean that I would never publish anything. And we know the best way to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, is to keep putting in the work.
It’s easy to be a critic, and that includes judging our own work before we even produce it. But it’s much more rewarding to get in the fight — to pursue what we believe in and strive for greatness. To make art.
It will be difficult, but nothing worth having is ever easy.
Yesterday you said tomorrow. So do what you have to do today.