Creative Paralysis & Procrastination: Have Your Dreams Got A Bit Too Big?
You feel the pressure building. You know it's something you need to do and you keep putting it to one side, finding other things more interesting / exciting / fun / easy to do instead.
But this niggling concern that had been safely tucked away at the back of your mind is now beginning to morph into a rising feeling of panic.
It's the thing you know you should do - but aren't doing. Mel Robbins has a really useful piece of advice on this age-old problem of creative paralysis which is well worth considering.
While we might thinking shooting for the stars is the best way to go when it comes to our Big Ideas, actually thinking too big, being overly ambitious, can be the very thing that paralyses us in the first place, she says.
We get overwhelmed, as there is far too much riding on this and way too much to think about - so it's not surprising that that is all we end up doing.
Instead, she says, we need to scale it down - radically. Recognize Rome was not built in a day. At first it is better to just dip our toes in, to adopt a mentality of "I'm just going to try this out for size" and take it from there.
The key, she says, is that we might not even like it. So before we commit to a life-long goal, we need to see if we have actually chosen the right one.
And all that might take is a week - not a life-time - which is a lot easier to get our heads around.