There is something to be said for careful planning, making sure you have every detail of what you’re trying to achieve and why you’re trying to achieve it clearly thought out and in place before you begin. But that only gets you so far.
There’s a cut off point where the analytical thinking has to stop and a deeper feeling must begin, as if feeling comes along, says “Good work Mr Thinky, I think I can take it from here”, gives, um, Mr Thinky a tender hug and prepares to make the next step.
We cannot live purely in our minds, in thinking, in planning, in analysis. We’re physical, human beings with fives senses (at least) and a body, a heart, a soul. We must use them.
When we get caught up in the why why why of stuff, we reach a saturation point, it becomes a sticky downward spiral and we watch feeling ever more helpless as our toes, then our ankles disappear, and soon we’re up to our waists in over analysis, wondering if we’ll ever move again.
Ever over analysed a new creative project to death and lost all motivation for it before you even began a single pen or brushstroke? Yeh me too. I’ve lost count!
The “Do” must take over from the “Why”, before this inertia sets in like the rock hard toffee your grandmother used to make.
Otherwise, the Why becomes the death of the Do, and it gets even harder to do anything creative the next time.
There’s the old saying – sometimes the learning is in the doing.
More often though, the learning is in the doing it badly, messing it up, making mistakes, persisting anyway and as a result finding a way to do it much better next time.
All of this practical action and experience can not be done in the space between your ears. It has to be done with your hands and arms and by engaging each of your senses.
So, if you have a creative project you’re in the midst of planning out perfectly in your head, and have been for longer than you can probably remember, try shifting gears and actually doing something, taking action, however small.
Start today, and don’t let the why be the death of the do!