The Art of Start: Overcoming Fear and Taking Imperfect Action

Freerunner Jason Paul. Photographed by Yoshino.

I've had this post in my drafts for close to two weeks, blank. Whether it's writing a song or a presenting a brand, starting has always been the hardest part for me. Chalk it up to a potent mix of straight fear and perfectionism. But today I choose to ride with my fear and forgive the imperfections. 


Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
— Steven Pressfield

Instead of using fear as an excuse, I choose to use it as my fuel. It's a bitch to execute, but when I take creative risks that I'm actually scared of, I'm in a much better place. At best I succeed, at worst I learn. 

So that takes care of fear, but what about the incessant need for everything to I do to be perfect?

I'm learning that when you have a calling, imperfect action is always better than no action at all.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'll admit I spent many months debating with myself about Still Mind - if it was the right time, if I had the energy to keep up with it, who would really care. But the truth is none of that really mattered once I set it free. Now that the project is live, I have a reason to keep it moving. I actually have something to improve upon. 

In the upcoming weeks we'll be exploring the process of starting and re-starting through art and writing. I don't know where it will end, but we've got a beginning. And for now, that's enough.