Do you rely on the threat of imminent failure to get motivated? I do, too.
Do you realize it’s fear of finishing that is underpinning it?
“The reason is simple: they can’t push through the common fear of completion unless they can create a greater fear of total failure.”
– Seth Godin, Linchpin
When you finish a project, a paper, a composition, you have to put it into the world – where other people can criticize it. And when you’re far removed from the possibility of failure, the fear of criticism is much bigger.
That’s one of the reasons I’ve started writing here every day. The process of completing something every single day reminds me that putting things into the world is almost always a net positive. I believe that this will enable me to harness my motivation earlier and more consistently in bigger projects, too.
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