~ Shawndra Russell <— (I like that name)
Some people get so paralyzed at the thought of starting something new, something they know they should be doing. Then there are others who seem to be the opposite.
They have the maker’s addiction.
They can’t stop. They overcommit. They say ‘yes’ to nearly anyone who asks for their participation, ideas, time, energy, space, resources, and the neighbor’s parakeet. Something’s gotta give, but it doesn’t.
You see, there are so many problems with this that I don’t even know where to start. Well, yeah I do. I was once quite guilty of this. I was a “yes [wo]man” and I wasted a lot of time that could have been spent on starting my blog, writing my books, building up my career, and growing my reach on social media.
Now, by all means, I had a bit of fun piddling around and doing harmless YouTube skits and such. As I reminisce, I feel it would have been a much better use of my time getting to know myself more, tapping into what I wanted first, expressing my own voice so I could speak up clearly…and just say NO every once in a while.
So before you take on a new project, tune into yourself. Be real. No matter how fluffy and pretty as the invitation sounds (and I could go down a whole list of questions for you to ask yourself before you start something new)–ask yourself if you will even have time for it in the first place.
At the end of the 24-hour day, everyone has a finite amount of time on earth to spend.
What if you took on a new project, knowing well enough that you still had something waiting to birthed from you, and yet you were to die the day after that project ended? How would you feel?
Would you have been missing out on something? If you had any ability from the afterlife, if applicable, to reflect on your “living” life, would it be disappointing that you denied yourself full reign over doing what you longed to do, and doing it first?
Yeah, that may be a morbid idea, but it’s something you’ll probably take into consideration the next time you feel the maker’s addiction kick in, prompting you to binge out on an overwhelming amount of projects.
I have to play a mini devil’s advocate now because I’m all for collaboration, but I’m also for balance too. I think the best collabs occur when people who know how to keep that balance unite. They identify the people they are bound to work with, they maintain uplifting relationships with peers and followers, and they stay a healthy distance away from the nay-sayers who like pouring molten lava negativity onto their work.
Most of all they know when to say NO.
Here’s to more [of less] creating and expressing,
Have you ever collaborated successfully? If so, how did that go? If not, what are you doing differently now? Tell me or tweet it out ;D