Issue 11: Action and Inaction.

I’m here to address one thing today, and if I’m successful at doing this one thing then I’ll consider this issue worthwhile. Before I fire away, I want to figure out what the best way to introduce this topic would be. I want to do it in a way that I haven’t thought of doing it before, let’s use this issue to get creative. 

Watered Olives is a male 24 year-old. He wants to start a drawing but he’s not sure whether or not it will be good. What led him to the thought was an inspiration of something he could picture himself sketching down on a piece of paper. Full of enthusiasm he begins to think about whether or not he should get the piece of paper and pencil so that he can start drawing. He debates in his mind whether or not it will turn out as good as he pictures it in his mind. He also spends time thinking about how those around him will judge what he draws if they were to see it. After a prolonged back and forth in his mind, he continues to sit and scroll on his phone. 

Can you see the mistake he made? Can you pinpoint the exact moment of this short story that was Watered’s biggest obstacle?

I know that a lot of people out there have things that they want to try out for the first time or stuff they would like to do, only to be stopped by their own little voices in their heads. It’s incredible how one small little voice in your mind can be the main driver and decider of what you do if you constantly listen to it. In a crowd of 10,000 individuals screaming, if you’re determined to listen to one individual you will hear what he has to say if you listen closely enough. Why not take a step away from this one voice and maybe walk around the crowd? What are some of the other things that you might hear if you walk around the crowd? To do this try to grasp the sheer amount of different perspectives, lenses, and points of view that you can take on a particular idea, topic, or subject. 

How come whenever I have an idea to do something I’m shut down by this voice? How come I think about what other people will think if I do something? Am I doing it for myself or for other people? Will it make me more content or other people? Of course, there are exceptions to this approach of thinking. Like you definitely shouldn’t do things that will harm or negatively impact others. But if you’re inspired to do something. If you can even sense a spark of inspiration, I ask, why don’t you add lighter fluid to the spark and do something great and beautiful with that inspiration? Why don’t you take action rather contemplate it next time you’re inspired? 

et’s make a deal now. I won’t care what other people think when I do something; will you do the same? Make this deal with me if you need it for inspiration and off you go. But remember… actually, I’ll write this as a lesson to myself: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” So I shouldn’t be thinking that I’m all that great from this one action I’ve made. Consider it a stepping stone. 

I’ve started to think recently that I’m in no position to give advice to others if I haven’t set myself straight first. So I write to you as if you are suffering from the same things I am. Do NOT look at me as if I’m in a position to preach. I will end this on a Tweet from Naval, which inspired this issue: 

“Impatience with actions, patience with results.”