Do you avoid creating because you’re afraid of failing?
One day I pulled the watercolors out for the kids and I. They immediately started painting while I sat there wondering what I should paint, what color I should start with, what brush to use, etc. There was fun to be had by them, but I was stuck, paralyzed by the blank white space in front of me. Then my oldest came out with a random bit of profound inspiration. As he was playfully filling his page with color he said that it was so fun to paint because it doesn’t matter how it turns out.
It doesn’t matter.
Those three little words contained so much truth when it comes to creating. While I was sitting beside him, afraid that my finished product would be a failure, he was enjoying the process and didn’t care about the end result. Ever since that day I have tried to be much braver at the start because I remember those three words.
When you have fun while you’re creating and forget about the finished item, you NEVER fail. Instead you can embrace imperfection, embrace the learning experience, and embrace the joy that comes from the freedom of the process.
Here are three ways to start being imperfectly perfect when you create.
1. Enjoy the process. How much more time would you spend creating if you had the mindset that my son does? You would have boatloads more fun because you can remember that the end result doesn’t matter.
2. Aim for imperfect. One of my favorite bloggers, The Nester, uses the tagline “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”. Ever since I heard her use it I have remembered it in my decorating and in my stitching and in my painting and in my . . . it goes on and on. That statement frees you up to experiment because perfect is an illusion anyway. Let’s forget about it and aim for imperfect instead.
3. Start small. You don’t have to create grand masterpieces every time you sit down to make something. If you want to stitch, find a 3″ hoop. If you want to paint, try art journaling. If you want to garden, plant a tiny 2×3 one like I did. It’s better to enjoy the process of creating something small, then overwhelming yourself with a giant project and being afraid to start at all.
Can you use one of those methods today to kickoff a creative project you have been afraid to start? Tell me in the comments below.