What Stopped You?

stop signThis wonderful sunny weather after a seemingly endless winter makes me feel like I could do almost anything.

So why not do something creative? That’s a good question.

I’m interested in finding out what stops us. Me, you, our group. We’ve all had a goal that we wanted to pursue, but stopped. Maybe we quietly considered our goal and didn’t take it further. Or we told people about it, or we even pursued the goal in one form or another. But we all stopped somewhere. It may be that we gave up, or that we have been failing at our goal for years and we keep coming back to it.

If you can relate, then thinking about that loss might feel like a dead weight in the pit of your stomach. A missed opportunity that you’ll never get back. I can see it on the faces of musicians who really went after their dream and failed. It’s literally painful.

My question for you is:

In the past, what has stopped you from completing a creative goal?

Since I’m asking you to answer this somewhat personal question, I’ll get things started…

I have three things that get in my way when taking on a creative project:

  1. The creative process can feel vulnerable, and I sometimes have a hard time trusting others when working together.
  2. I doubt my talent.
  3. Being decisive about what I will spend my time on is a challenge. I stop work on one thing when I’m distracted by another.

Please respond with a couple of sentences to tell me what has stopped you before.

I hope you are enjoying the sun as much as I am, and I look forward to your comments.
-pb

Author: Peter Benes

Ui Designer and Songwriter in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada

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