“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
I’ve always wanted to write and direct a film.
Obstacles to doing so include:
- Virtually zero experience in directing
- Lack of a finished screenplay
- Not knowing what permits and such are needed
- Not knowing how to recruit the people I would need for this project
- Knowing very little about the actual process of filming
- Lack of funds
Overcoming these obstacles:
- Experience can be gained by working on shorter features, reading up on the processes and taking relevant courses.
- I do actually have one finished screenplay, now that I think about it.
- I imagine that this would be the easiest one to sort out – a simple matter of searching the webs
- This one has pretty much the same answer as the first one, plus, of course, asking the advice of friends who do have this knowledge.
- The single biggest stumbling block. I’m working on it, but I could stand to work harder.