When listening to the audio book ‘Start Now. Get Perfect Later’ by Rob Moore, I found myself constantly drawing parallels to my own life, especially on my artistic journey.
The book, in a nutshell, talks about how overthinking, fear and procrastination all hold us back in one way or another when it comes to success and the only way to get closer to success is to just get on with it – to focus on the tasks at hand, to make decisions and then, if mistakes are made, to learn from them and move on – to start now, get perfect later.
Here comes one of the parallels I drew…
About a year ago I was obsessed with painting silhouette landscapes on mini canvas boards. I made so many of them and they were the first paintings I’d done that I really felt passionate about – I enjoyed painting with such vibrant colours and I managed to sell about half of them too, which gave me a little confidence boost at the time.
Fast forward to a few months down the line – my style changed a lot and I decided I didn’t like them anymore so I took them off my online shop and I put them in storage instead of having them on display in my home.
I hid them away with the intention of painting over them… ‘one day’, but the truth is, I kept talking myself out of it. I kept telling myself that maybe I’ll grow to like them again one day, maybe I shouldn’t paint over all those hours of work, maybe I’ll regret detaching myself from such a significant chapter in my life as an artist, maybe I should just wait until I had the perfect plan for them… the most amazing idea… ‘one day’.
Enough was enough. After I had finished the audiobook, I felt inspired to stop overthinking and start doing. Now my only regret is taking so long to just do it!
Here is an example of one of the before and afters…
This new collection is slightly more abstract/impressionistic than what I normally do and maybe that’s because I didn’t really have a plan – I aimed to just get on with it. I wanted to push myself to paint faster, bolder and more freely than I usually do in order to challenge myself to try something different and to grow as an artist.
I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made and the results I produced – they certainly aren’t perfect but they signify the start of a new chapter on my art journey.
The moral of the story? Perfection may be the end goal but there are lots of other little goals along the way, so it is best to strive not for perfection but for self- improvement, a fun, exciting process and the satisfaction of being one step closer (i.e. getting s*** done!)
I’d love to know if any of you have ever been in a similar situation! Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.