At an extreme, this could lead us to chase perfection. If we canโ€™t do something perfectly, we just wonโ€™t do it. Perfectionism creates an impossible standard for us to meet. This is just one of many reasons we start procrastinating and get blocked.

In his book Surely Youโ€™re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman recalls an art class when he was instructed to draw without looking at the paper. He was impressed with the results, noticing a โ€œfunny, semi-Picasso like strengthโ€ in his work. He knew that it would be impossible to draw well without looking at the paper, so he didnโ€™t consciously try. He writes, โ€œI had thought that โ€˜loosen upโ€™ meant โ€˜make sloppy drawings,โ€™ but it really meant to relax and not worry about how the drawing is going to come out.โ€ The solution is to do something without caring about the results.

The immediate goal is for you to take a very small step closer to the thing you want to do. You already know your formโ€™s most essential element; now itโ€™s time to build something with it. If you want to write a book, then write at least one sentence in a notebook today, building up to a daily writing practice. If you want to draw, sketch out a person or an objectโ€”donโ€™t think too hard, just choose something in front of you and draw. If you want to make music, hum a melody into the voice memo in your phone and try to create it on an instrument or in your computer.

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