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Create through the crap

I’ve written over 300 blog posts in the past year and some of those posts, in my honest opinion, are best described by the word “crappy.”

I’ve written a few posts that have not only made me stick my chest out a little, but have also received feedback from others expressing how much my words have positively affected their lives.

I don’t believe that I would have written those few good posts if I were not willing to risk writing the “crappy” ones. Whenever I write something that I’m proud of, it’s usually the offspring of a thought process that was catalyzed by an act of creation I do NOT feel proud of.

I’ve discovered that good work often lies on the other side of a road that’s covered with crap. Getting to that other side requires a willingness to create through the crap.

Creating through the crap is the process of giving yourself permission to learn or express what matters to you even though many of your efforts, along the way, may appear to be mediocre or below average.

There has never been an artists, innovator, or achiever who was satisfied with their work all of the time.

Everyone who does great work must find reasons to keep creating that don’t depend on them looking or sounding good every single time.

I recently spoke with a professional stand-up comedian who said he completely embarrassed himself during his first routine AND many other subsequent acts. Today, he credits his success to those poor performances.

He created, failed, created, failed, and kept on creating until he unearthed something of value.

What if creating the life you truly desire requires you to “put yourself out there” in a way that fails to impress others and falls short of your ideal standards?

Would you stop working or would you create through the crap?

T.K Coleman

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  1. Hear hear!! I so agree, It is part of manifesting, ACT AS IF, I love to make video, and you should have seen me in the beginning, all reading script’s and looking like a fool. I am not perfect at them yet, but golly i have come a long way, and some of it is still Crap. I get feed back like “You are so brave.” Not so much, it is part of my chosen profession. Part of Being a Great network marketer, is making video. SO I make video, for good or not so good, I do it anyway.

    1. Right on, Tara. You have the right approach. It’s the only way to get to “great.” It’s ironic how most of us never achieve our greatness because of that small fear of looking like we don’t know what we’re doing. We have to learn how to get out there and make some mistakes so we can do some REAL learning.

  2. Thanks TK! That really helps me in my writing class. So many times I don’t even want to present what I wrote because Ifeel it is crap but when I do read it, the response from the group really surprises me. It is all a learning experience and makes me better.

    Nancy

    1. That’s so good to hear, Nancy. I’m glad you have the group to reinforce you. That’s such a wise decision on your part. And I know exactly how you feel when you write certain things. Thanks to the encouraging forces in my life, like you, I’m able to keep creating when it feels rough too.

  3. Hey T.K., This was exactly what I needed to read today, as I have been struggling with my writing recently. Not that I’m not writing, but I haven’t been feeling good about or satisfied with what I’m writing. This is the first time in some time that I’m experiencing this. Thank you for your encouraging words and the reminder that I don’t have to create writing that I am proud of every single time I write, that it’s okay, as you wrote, to write “crap”. That frees me up tremendously. And it’s also good to know that I am not alone in this experience.
    Thanks so much.
    Audrey 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing that with me, Audrey. You’re definitely not alone. I have felt this way about my writing for the past few weeks and have had to dig really deep to find my motivation. I think these times are very good for us. They help us develop the discipline and confidence that makes up a true professional. Kudos to you for continuing to go and grow. By the way, there’s an amazing amazing book (you may already be familiar with it) by Steven Pressfield called “the war of art.” He’s the author of the screenplay for “Legend of Baggar Vance.” The entire book is about overcoming the various forms of resistance we all wrestle with when it comes to creating, in general, and writing in particular. It’s a short but very compelling read that you might enjoy. It’s had, and continues to have, a massive impact on my persistence and development in writing. From one writer to another, Cheers 🙂

      1. Hi T.K., I have heard of Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. I think I tried to read it when I was in my 20’s, but wasn’t ready to hear what it has to say. I’m more than ready now!! Thanks for reminding me about it. Cheers to you! 🙂

        1. My pleasure, Audrey 🙂 I’m glad to share whatever tools have been of help to me. Ironically, I was given a copy of that book 6 years ago and it wasn’t until last year that I finally read it and it changed my life. I had thought about writing before, but The War of Art combined with Seth Godin’s Poke the Box were THE books that made me pick up the pen and start writing my way past the fear. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Cheers to YOU and your writing 🙂

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