今日推荐英文原文：《6 Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us Stuck》
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今日推荐英文原文：《6 Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us Stuck》作者：
6 Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us Stuck
1. We don’t have the time.This is the lie that stops most creatives dead in their tracks before they even begin.
It’s true that finding the time to create can be hard, particularly when you’ve got other daily obligations like school, work, or family. You might have less free time than most people, but the reality is that you are still the captain of your ship.
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ― George HerbertIf there’s something that you want to pursue, like writing, you’ve got to invest some time in that endeavor. If you can’t devote hours, try scheduling smaller time blocks.
Even 5 minutes a day becomes more than 30 hours a year. Fifteen minutes a day becomes over 90 hours, and half an hour turns into 182.5 hours each year.
Those minutes add up. And most of us have more time than we think, if we cut out certain habits that may not even serve us well. Like mindless social media scrolling.
It’s all about consistency. Think of your big goal as a block of marble, and every day you chisel away just a little bit more until you reveal your complete masterpiece.
Five minutes of writing every day will always accomplish more than never writing because you tell yourself you don’t have enough time.
2. We’re not good enough.The truth is that nobody (or practically nobody) is good enough when they first start out doing anything. I actually started my personal writing career in 2018 with the sincere belief that I wasn’t good enough and that I might never get better.
You might wonder why on earth I would even bother trying to make a living writing if I didn’t think I was any good. To be fair, telling myself that I wasn’t good enough did keep me stuck until I was 35 years old.
And it certainly didn’t serve me. I stayed scared and stuck. Once I tried anyway? I got better and I finally started going somewhere with my work.
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” ― Neil GaimanOftentimes, getting better at something starts with simply paying attention. Notice your ideas. And then, of course, act on them. Practice and put in the work to get better.
If you don’t bother to try, you can never be good enough. Being good enough means that at some point you decided to make an effort.
3. Nobody will care about our work.Do you care about your work? And for reasons beyond money? If so, chances are that someone else is going to care too.
It helps to be passionate about the work you want to do. It helps to find a purpose in our work that makes some kind of difference in not just our life, but the lives of others too.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” ― Viktor E. FranklKnowing why we’re doing something keeps us driven, and there’s something about being driven and persistent that is pretty damn contagious. I have found that after a while of working passionately for a greater good, people do start to care.
Yes, it’s scary to worry that nobody will care about what you’re trying to do. But it’s a helluva lot scarier to stay stuck in your fears.
Move forward and let yourself be surprised by how many people do care.
4. There’s no room for us.Creativity might seem like an oversaturated market, but every single creative has a different story which needs to be told.
Try to remember that there are so many different flavors of writing and creativity. You don’t need to spend time worrying about how to be unique. Instead, you need to think about how to be yourself.
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” ― Fred RogersThe world has space for people to do the work they love. We need more people with a deep sense of who they are, and a willingness to unabashedly be themselves.
If you want to talk about oversaturation, consider the copycats or phonies. We don’t need more people pretending to be something they’re not. Too many folks are already caught up in doing what they think they should do and their hearts just aren’t in it.
5. We’ve missed our chance.It doesn’t matter if you are wanting to write, draw, paint, sculpt or even act. Every single creative industry boasts examples of folks who got started late in the game.
I have to admit that I went through a very deep depression and battle with mental illness that essentially took my 20s away from me. Those are years that I will never get back, and for a long time, I felt doomed to go nowhere as a result.
It has been a great comfort to me to read about people who do not become successful until they hit middle-age or beyond. America has an obsession with youth and we love rags to riches stories which feature young adults.
Many people dream of being an acclaimed novelist by age 25 and somehow feel like a failure when that doesn’t happen. Time for a reality check: most writers who “make it big” don’t make it big when they’re that young. It often takes years of rejections first.
6. We had a chance… but blew it.Nothing keeps us stuck harder than the sting of failure. Everybody is susceptible because we all fail at some point. Sometimes, failure happens after great success.
Other times, a heartbreaking failure happens once we think we’re finally on our way.
It’s tempting to say we blew it just because we failed. Tempting to think we only have one shot at getting this right.
Fortunately, success is not linear. You cannot run out of chances. And anyone who has amassed great success has also racked up a pile of misfires.
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” — J.K. RowlingDon’t let failure keep you stuck. In fact, don’t allow any of these lies to keep you from going after your goals. Hard work is never going to become magically easy.
There’s a part of us all that seeks the easy way out and would rather stay stuck than do what it takes to succeed because there is always a risk when you make an effort.
You might feel that you risk nothing when you try nothing, but the truth is you forfeit your future when you do not try at all.