“Inspiration is for amateurs;
the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been a week.
One of those weeks when nothing is coming easy.
And I’m not complaining. Just being honest.
Contemplating what to write about this week,
I’ve been drawing a complete blank, even after doing
all of the research and soul-searching I normally do.
Maybe you didn’t know this, but not writing a new
post by Saturday morning is not an option for me.
I made that commitment a long time ago…
when I started this blog three years ago.
I made that commitment to myself, first.
And then I think I must have made it to you.
Finally, it dawned on me that this is exactly
what I need to write about this week…
Just Show Up
What do I stress when working with anyone
struggling with procrastination, performance
anxiety, issues of feeling they must be perfect?
Stop focusing on the outcome and just engage
in the process. The outcome takes care of itself.
Just Show Up.
Just Do Something!
You can do it really horribly.
But you just have to do it.
With Apologies to Nike
If you’re a writer, you don’t sit down to write
the next great American novel.
You commit to writing 3 hours a day, every day.
You just do it.
If you’re an athlete, you don’t decide you’re going
to be the greatest in your sport.
You show up and practice every day.
You just do it.
You Don’t Have To Be Good
The secret is that you don’t have to be great.
You don’t have to even be good.
You probably won’t be at first!
You just have to show up and get to work.
You have to be present.
You have to be engaged.
And you have to DO something.
Doing good work or being great
might come with time and experience.
Don’t make the commitment to be
good or great. Just show up.
The Full Quote from Chuck Close :
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me,
is not to wait around for inspiration.
Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.
If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain,
you are not going to make an awful lot of work.
All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.
Things occur to you.
If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea,
you can sit there a long time before anything happens.
But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you
and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.
Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive.
You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work,
and I find that’s almost never the case.”