You guys, let’s talk procrastination. If I could get a PhD in procrastinating… I wouldn’t. Because I’d be too busy watching cat videos, or endlessly scrolling through pinterest.
But here’s the thing: when I finally get my rear in gear and actually do stuff, I always find myself wishing I’d done it sooner.
Case in point: for the past two years, I’ve been wanting to get into videographing. Video-ing. Videography. Whatever.
And what’s been stopping me? Me. Me and my big fat lazy butt. Also, the little voice in my head that kept telling me that shooting video is scary, that learning new software is scary, that letting other people see me / my house / my pasty white arms is scary. (Seriously, how can I be so pale?) I kept playing out in my head how I wanted to shoot things, mentally directing each scene, but when it came down to it, I was too afraid to take it from the drawing board to reality.
Then one morning I caught my fear off guard — maybe it was on break — and without even thinking twice about it I got my camera and started filming. And it was so. Much. Fun. Sure it was challenging, sure there were (and still are) a lot of learning curves… but I like challenges, and I like learning, and even if I had failed miserably, I still had so much fun doing it.
And isn’t that the point? To learn, and grow, and have fun. To quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: …”why should I go through all the trouble to make something if the outcome might be nothing?” The answer will usually come with a wicked trickster grin: “Because it’s fun, isn’t it?”
So here’s a little reminder to myself, and to you if you’ve been putting something off, too: just do it. Do it because it’s fun, or new, or interesting, or challenging. Not because you’re set on success, or afraid of failure… do it for the adventure, for the experience, for the fun of it.
Here’s the video I made. I hope it inspires you to grab a cup of coffee, step out of your comfort zone, and tackle whatever project you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ve got this.
(And if you want to follow along on my video adventures, head over to my newly minted youtube channel and hit the subscribe button. It’s lonely over there!)
I hope this Monday is treating you well, friends!