Steven Pressfield on Procrastination
"Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it is the easiest to rationalize. We don't tell ourselves, 'I'm never going to write my symphony.' Instead we say, 'I am going to write my symphony, I'm just going to start tomorrow.'"
I’ve a pulled Daily Inspiration from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art before, and to be honest with you I’m probably going to do it again. The book is wonderful and concise and full of terrific observations that apply to every facet of the creative soul – be it the writer, the illustrator, the filmmaker, or the anything.
In the above quote, Pressfield fully defines what procrastination actually is. It’s not about lacking the confidence or determination to create something, it is in fact, about our inability to pull the trigger on actually creating that something. We can constantly tell ourselves that we’re going to make our masterpiece — we can even plan, plot, and sketch ideas for it — but the project is never complete until we sit down and get it done. There are a million reasons to not finish a creative work, but there’s only one way to finish it, by simply doing it.
So do it.