I almost didn’t write this post.
I’m trying to do one chapter of The Artist’s Way per week, and Friday was the last day of chapter one. I felt excited about starting chapter two, but I wasn’t satisfied with my progress in chapter one. I didn’t go on my artist date and I didn’t do anywhere near as many tasks as I wanted to — some of them really appealed to me, so shouldn’t I take an extra week and do them?
No. That attitude is why it’s so easy for me to start things, yet so difficult for me to finish them.
What tasks I did do, I found very helpful. I started doing the morning pages, and I did them every single day. (I’m using 750 Words and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s easy, it’s secure, and it’s fun. I’ve already achieved the penguin badge, which makes me happier than a small arrangement of pixels should.)
I also created a set of apothegms for myself, which I’m finding tremendously helpful. I’m sure this list will change as my goals change, but right now each of these motivates me and reminds me of what I’m trying to do.
- I can do this. It’s a simple statement of faith in myself and my own abilities; I’ve used it several times on the blog.
- I am focused and well-disciplined. I’m trying to remind myself of the importance of focusing and that exercising a little discipline gets things done. I added the modifier “well” because I don’t think it’s all about will power, or being in control — discipline can become abuse.
- Progress, not perfection. The reason I’m writing this post instead of remaining stuck on chapter one.
So no, I didn’t accomplish everything I though I should in chapter one, but I did accomplish some worthwhile things. It’s time to move on and see what I can accomplish in chapter two. Besides, I can always go back and try those tasks any time I like, any time it feels like the best way to make progress.
Does anyone else have any experience with The Artist’s Way? Any blogs on the subject I should try? Do you have any affirmations that are particularly helpful to you? Tell me all about it in the comments!