Doing nothing is easy. It always has been.
Sitting down to turn on the TV, procrastinating at work, taking a longer break than you really need, spending a day trying to find the “perfect” pen, handing a task off to somebody else, putting off opening that book until tomorrow, anybody can do those things.
Taking action, that’s hard. But the acts you take – putting the pen to the paper, opening up that book, grinding down and doing the work you know that needs to be done, even when you really don’t want to – are what easily sets those with creative motivations apart from everyone else. It’s the act of taking action makes you different.
As a creator, it’s the actions we take that define us. An artist isn’t an artist until she’s put the pen or brush to the canvas. A writer can never be a writer until they’ve written something.
And the work isn’t going to be easy or fun. In-fact: more often than not it will be daunting and occasionally painful.
But you have to remember that the very reasons you don’t want to do something are the reasons you should be, as a creative. Why? Because nobody else wants to do those things either. By doing the work, you’re setting yourself apart from the millions of other people who could have.
As Steven Pressfield once wrote: “Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.”