Fear of Failure tends to paralyze action, stunt problem solving, and divert from effective focus.
I committed to delivering One Blog Post each day until New Years now, if I keep my word, there will only be 69. To top it off, I fucked up on the second day of my project. Naturally, I have an excuse -- so here it is:
My art wasn't good enough.
[Here is at least four days of Bad art.]
The two of the woman sitting on the throne are Masters Studies of Roberto Ferri.
Here are Three Reasons why that excuse is problematic:
- "Path of the Thief" is about securing creative freedom -- not posting a beautiful painting every day. Fear and pretense are not good reasons to deviate from fulfilling the project I set out to fulfill.
- A blog entry needs a visual component -- but my fear prevented me from considering alternative visual options, while still keeping my Focused Promise.
- Being afraid to fail in a "Non-Critical" task means I don't have a chance to properly fail tasks that should be considered "Mission Critical."
If you're going to fail, it makes sense to learn and modify course moving forward.