Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly . . . until you can learn to do it well.” ~Zig Ziglar
I have always been a believer that anything worth having is definitely worth fighting for. Having healthy relationships? Worth fighting for. Having security? Worth fighting for. Having victory in maintaining faith? Worth fighting for.
I could go on and I am sure that you could add several things to the ‘worth fighting for’ list. But one thing I have often lost the fight in (because I didn’t show up) was in learning new avenues of creating.
Why? Because more times than not I was afraid of failure. I wonder if you can relate.
The thing about being a creative person–the thing about being human–is that the beginnings of all of our successes begin in a mess. We don’t begin walking with elegant or confident gaits. We fall and we scuff our hands and knees.
The same is true for each and every creative venture that we embark upon.
Our first drafts will likely be, well, garbage in comparison to the final drafts. Our first paintings, even done as adults will show the skills of an enthusiastic three-year-old. Our first meal as a new wife may leave much to be desired.
All of this is okay. All of this is part of the process.
We have to learn in all things that before we are able to play “Moonlight Sonata” with our eyes closed, that we must first begin playing “Chopsticks” with sharp concentration.
We have to keep giving and keep practicing until our muscles are trained and our creativity flows with the same ease as breathing.
Consider your craft to be like rerouting natural water into a beautiful city situated in a dry place. The water is there. The city is there. You just have to be willing to do what it takes to bring them together.
HERE ARE 3 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- Being a ‘beginner’ is a necessary step in becoming a master or even mediocre. Both however take time.
- What you give you will get. If you keep at your practice you will either learn how to do it well or learn that there is no shame in learning that you aren’t meant to do everything, but that there are never any regrets in giving some things a try.
- Every beautiful home begins as a messy, muddy, hole in the ground. Foundations are often the least favorite part of the process but the most important. The mansion is definitely worth the mud!
So keep working on your novels. Keep slinging that paint, and scratching those ivories until they bleed into submission and your touch turns into a tickle.
What you are doing is worth it. It is worth the moments of frustration. It is worth relentlessly pounding the ‘delete’ button until the letters on the key are all but worn away. It’s worth burning the roast into leather until you can make that thing fork-tender one day!
It is all worth it because the day will come when you finally learn how to do what you are doing well. And it will be beautiful!
*Revised from April 3, 2017
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!