Conquer Fear With Progress

Twyla Tharp in her book The Creative Habit, lists her fears and dispels each one.

Here they are.

  1. People will laugh at me.
  2. Someone has done it before.
  3. I have nothing to say.
  4. I will upset someone I love.
  5. Once executed, the idea will never be as good as it is in my mind.

I’m certain at least one of these has resonated with you.

#5 really resonated with me.

Here is what Twyla Tharp has to say about it.

“Once executed, the idea will never be as good as it is in my mind? Toughen up. Leaon Battista Alberti, a fifteenth-century architectural theorist, said, “Errors accumulate in the sketch and compound in the model.” But better an imperfect dome in Florence than cathedrals in the clouds.”

Love this!

Get to work and start learning.

She continues by saying:

“This is a head game, of course. What ritual isn’t? Maybe it’s a little pathetic that after all this time I need this sort of pep talk to deal with demons, but the unknown is a fearful place, and anything new is a step into the unknown.”

Isn’t it amazing to see that a great creator like Twyla Tharp has many of the same fears as we have?

The greatest creators have the same fears as us! We’re all human.

If they can overcome them then so can we.

All we need is the confidence that we can overcome these fears.

How do we do that?

By getting to work and making progress, a little bit at a time.

Chris Beaven

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