Monday, April 25, 2011 Post By: Grayne Wetzky

Over thinking

When you want to make something extraordinary, start with something that you care about. It is almost impossible to create something brilliant if you don't feel strongly about what you are doing. So focusing your creative efforts on things you love doing is the first step in creating value.

Sometimes it's difficult for people to find the things they are truly passionate about, but that is another topic. Another pitfall all together is when working on something you know so much about and like so much that you end up doing everything but getting the actual work done. When working on something good, it can be easy to start over thinking.

Let's say you've finally taken the plunge to start a blog about a subject you care about. Chances are you already know a lot about your subject, you have multiple angles to explore, interesting observations and an arsenal of personal experiences. Everything is primed to create some excellent web content. Blog posts that will make the internet better.

Too often this kind of perfect set up doesn't lead to epic writing sessions, but rather extended bouts of key word research, search engine optimization tips, reading blogs about blogging, agonizing over the right headlines and on and on and on. While it can be a worth while exercise to learn more about your craft, the only way to create something valuable is to start creating.

There are many reasons why we end up sabotaging ourselves in this way. One common mistake is to fall into the trap of perfectionism. It can be hard to release your creations into the world and it's natural and healthy to want your work to be as good as it can be. It will however never be perfect and so shooting for perfection is a great way to never finish anything. If you are creating something that is of great importance to yourself it's even easier to set in to this pattern. If you know and love your subject it's easy to focus too much on the things that could be improved.

A similar reason for procrastination is the fear of wasting your big idea. People have great ideas all the time, but many are so afraid of not being able to fully capitalize the idea that they put it away in a drawer so no one else will take it. This is a flawed mindset in more ways than one. First of all, great ideas deserve to be known and put into the world. If you don't have the time skills or resources to execute it, it is better to set it free and see if someone else can make it fly.

That said, more often than not we are more than capable of moving forward with our own great ideas. Again, it is important to be flexible and accept that not everything will always be perfect, but taking action will lead to positives. It will give you great experience just taking action. More importantly, taking action on your ideas leads to more and better ideas. Having a great idea is similar to other skills in life. The more you practice it the easier it gets. Hiding your ideas away leads the idea atrophy, constantly working and implementing ideas makes ideas multiply.

All of these things are results of the same thing; over thinking. So, make it a goal to spend as much time actually creating things and you spend thinking about how to do it. You will never be able to do something great if you don't work hard at it.

  1. This is one of the best posts I have read on the A_Z challenge. Wonderful food for thought.
    AS a teacher (of elementary school) it is imperative that I connect not only with the children but also the subject at hand.

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