I recently started reading Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration and after only being a couple chapters in I can already say this is a book I’d recommend. The stories are great and the amount of inspirational quotes from Ed Catmull and everyone else he meets gush from every page. One of those great quotes was a line from Star Wars when Yoda is talking to Luke; “Do or do not… there is no try.” This hits home with me when starting many of my projects or following through with my ideas. I’ll often tell myself well, let’s try this and see if it works. Right there I’m already setting myself up to fail. As soon as that first obstacle shows up I’m likely to assume it didn’t work and so I should stop.
Instead I have to re-think how I approach projects and new challenges, with more of a “do” attitude. I’m not going to try to get better at illustration, I’m going to get better at it. I’m not going to try and start a new podcast, I’m going to start a new podcast. By saying that you will do something there is more determination and power behind the goal. Knowing that you’re going to do something will allow you to push through those obstacles that might have stopped you when you were only just trying.
There is no easy path, it’s full of wrong turns, obstacles and mis-steps. By making clear choices to do or not do, you are much more likely to succeed.