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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)

A MOMENTUM KILLER

There is something new (and different for me) on my easel. “Untitled”, mixed media on wood, 36”x 36”, Copyright 2016 David Limrite

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perfectionism is a momentum killer.

Perfectionism haunts us all. Doesn’t it?

Perfectionism leads to procrastination, to easily being distracted, and to negative self-talk.

Perfectionism takes the form of waiting. Waiting until you are ready. Waiting until you are well prepared. Waiting until you have more time so that you can really create something exceptional. Waiting until you can create the perfect thing. (BTW, there is no such thing as the perfect creation.)

Begin. Don’t wait. Start from where you are right now. Aim yourself in the direction you think you want to go. And begin.

Create before you are ready.

Make your best first effort, and then make the necessary adjustments.

Your first attempt does not have to be perfect. You make your first attempt and then you spend the rest of your time correcting and adjusting.

Writers call this: “Writing a shitty first draft.” Then they re-write and re-write and re-write until they get as close to what they think is their best effort at the time.

This concept takes the pressure off of having to get it right the first time. Heck, it even takes the pressure off of having to get it perfect at all.

Best,

David