Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle. The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for? by Matt Cheuvront
Doubt or Do It
My major obstacle is my “doubt or do it gap.” I’ve always wanted to merge my artistic talents with my strategic communications skills, but the doubt or do it gap has made that difficult. Creative ideas, innovative thoughts and great plans too often settle in my mind or on a post-it waiting for me to release them. Yet, many of my ideas, thoughts and plans begin and end where they started–in my mind. When creating a concept mixing untested art with my proven communications abilities, doubt manages to overpower do it. My art languishes on a canvas, computer or sketch pad while I search for the perfect concept for the perfect time.
This year that approach changed. I was ready to release my concept whether the world was ready to receive it. I erased my doubt. I developed an idea for combining art and meaningful messages. I designed some cards, put up a website and entered a huge product show to move my art beyond my mind, office and immediate circle of friends and family. The responses proved that many were ready to accept a new concept while others didn’t “dare to be bold” enough to embrace the new.
My plan is to continue designing, releasing and spreading the products for six months before deciding what’s next. My ideas crawled out of my mind, doubt stepped out of the way and I dared to move forward. I’m not done doing.