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Writing for the bin

My mate Doug runs fab workshops, exploring different themes using art. He uses a warm-up exercise, as most people are fearful of art, that he titles ‘drawing for the bin’.

Essentially, if you remove the pressure so that you are just drawing with no intention of sharing or keeping, just screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin, you relax and after several sheets of paper, you’ve warmed up and are then able to do something better.

The same applies to many things, including writing.

This is my 5th draft blog in the last 45 minutes, I was stuck with something to write, I started to feel the pressure, so I just wrote, and then opened another blank screen and wrote again and again.

5 times over until I wrote this. Writing without the pressure of sharing it, makes it easy. Doing it several times in a row warms you up.

Pressure inhibits and is removed when you stop thinking and just start without an expected outcome.

Missing a stair

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If you imagine a staircase of 100 steps and reaching the top stair, stair 100, was where you reached the best you could reach in life in the time that you had.

We will never reach our best, as we will all run out of time at some point to keep getting better. So the best that we can reach in our lives is say stair 100.

If you do not take each step, so 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on, imagining that each step is a step of learning from starting something and it not going as well as we’d hoped. After all at each step in life, as we start something new, we never know if it will work or not. But each step is important and opens up the next stair on the staircase.

If we don’t take the steps one by one and the learning at each step as we head towards the best we can in the lifetime that we have, we will never get to our best possible version, because the next step wouldn’t be there if we hadn’t learnt from the one before and we’d stay stuck at that place.

Our future steps are built by the ones we take today, don’t skip a stair by not starting, learning and moving to the next step. Take each step, learn all that you can and the sooner you start and take that next step, the sooner you get to the next level and perhaps you can go way beyond stair 100 in the lifetime that you have.

If you waste it you may not, if you hesitate, procrastinate and let fear take over then you will limit the level of the best version of you that you can get to.

It’s not seeking perfection, it’s seeking to do the best that you can in the time that you have got.

You can’t miss a stair, otherwise, the next step doesn’t come.

When will you take you next step up the stairs?