True story. So I’m home during my lunch break, dreading my afternoon responsibilities and the article by Steven Pressfield a friend forwarded to me earlier, is beginning to loose it’s edge. Earlier you see, it had gobsmacked me upside the head and made me cringe at the truth of it. The way I’m wandering around passively “letting my day run me, instead of running my day”, except, if I’m totally honest with you, those days have turned into whole freaking months and those months have become years of my LIFE. So, by lunchtime, I’m starting to rationalize my life and feeling comfortable again about where I am with my art and why.
And then I flip on the TV (which I never do), and there’s Robert Irvine giving it to a pair of restaurant owners, telling them:
“Look, either you are IN or you are OUT. So which is it? Are you IN or are you OUT?!”
And I swear Robert was talking to ME.
“Dammit, I'm IN, IN I TELL YOU!!!” I say to myself (and to Robert).
So my gut says, “Well then ACT like it! Get out there and do whatever you need to do to. GET. THIS. DONE. If you are waiting for it to get less risky, or easier or failure-free, forget it, you are not really IN.”
So now, I am having a whole conversation with my gut and the guy on TV.
I know what I have to do. I’ve known for a long time now.
1. Make that phone call.
2. Finish that Kickstarter project I started.
3. Make a plan and set SMART goals to achieve my art goals by May 2013.
4. Design and send out self-promo materials.
5. Find an agent.
6. Finish that book draft.
7. Work on my long neglected Etsy shop.
and no more rationalizing, waiting and stalling, because I’m IN, dammit, IN!