The Gentle Art of Self-Sabotage

I am trying to set up a blog for over a week and have been gripped by the inability to move forward – continually finding excuses and doing something else.

I know I am not the only one who struggles like this. Angie Bowie said the same about David in Backstage Passes: her account of their life together.

She says how rather than start writing songs he would find something else to do, like stripping down an old motor cycle. And would only move on to song writing when the mess he had to clean up with the bike was more daunting than the actual work he needed to do.

Maybe the process is something most creative types go through. Maybe it is what spurs people on to strive for a better quality of work.

The downside is that fear-of-starting does drain your enthusiasm and the project never gets off the ground. Ru Paul, a wise (wo)man if there ever was one, calls this self-sabotage. Something to be continually aware of…

How many of your brilliant ideas never see the light of day because you put them off until enthusiasm ebbs away? (Oh right… so it’s just me then!)

As Chairman Mao once said- a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

A journey of a thousand miles

Thoughts of Chairman Mao

The trick  is surely to simply take that step… no matter how hesitantly; no matter how terrified. After all what’s the worst that can happen?

Answers in the comments box please

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