Every creative person faces fears and doubts, and every creative person has their own version of this list of excuses why they can’t create today or this week or this year or in this lifetime. (If I’ve missed your favorite
crutch reason, add it in the comments!) But if you take the time to look carefully at your knee jerk reasons why not, you probably could come up with just as many reasons why you actually could create now, despite whatever reasons are on your list.
1. I’m too old.
2. I’m already overworked.
3. It’s too hot/cold.
4. It’s winter/summer/fall/spring time.
5. I’m not creative.
6. I’m just not feeling creative.
7. I don’t have the money.
8. My family won’t like it.
9. The neighbors won’t like it.
10. I’m too busy.
11. I’ll get in trouble if I fail.
12. I have too many projects already.
13. I’m such a beginner.
14. Nobody besides me cares about it.
15. Nobody will buy it.
16. I don’t have the self discipline.
17. The world’s not ready for my work.
18. I don’t know enough.
19. Somebody will copy my idea.
20. It will take too long to finish.
21. The economy is bad.
22. Everyone will laugh at me.
23. The idea is too disturbing.
24. It will offend someone.
25. It’s not a good time to start something new.
26. It will be too much pressure.
27. I don’t have the right personality to sell it.
28. I don’t have the resources I need.
29. Nothing ever changes around here.
30. Everything is in a state of flux right now.
31. It’s just not worth it.
32. I already have too much to do.
33. I already have too much to think about.
34. My family will miss me.
35. I have too many volunteer responsibilities.
36. I’ve never done anything like this before.
37. I don’t have the right training.
38. I need more information.
39. I’m not allowed to do that.
40. I’ve tried before and it didn’t work out.
41. I don’t want to flop again.
42. It won’t be any good.
43. I need to simplify my life, not make it more complicated.
44. I’m a left-brained person.
45. I don’t know how to begin.
46. I don’t have the skills to do it.
47. I can’t.
48. I can’t, so I won’t.
49. I never did before.
50. It’s too late to start something new.
51. People will think I’m crazy.
52. I might go crazy trying.
53. I can’t afford it right now.
54. I don’t have a place to work on it.
55. I’d have to start from scratch.
56. I don’t have the tools.
57. I can’t do it alone.
58. I’m not smart enough to do it.
59. I don’t know anything about it.
60. Everything is set in stone here.
61. I’m on the road too much.
62. I never get out.
63. Nobody I know is creative.
64. I’ll go broke.
65. I’m too busy.
66. I don’t have the right thingamajig.
67. I don’t want to look stupid.
68. I don’t want to look foolish.
69. People will think I’m weird.
70. It will be too intense.
71. I’m close to retirement.
72. I’m not creative at work.
73. I don’t like change.
74. I don’t take risks.
75. I am afraid of ….fill in your reason du jour.
So what’s your excuse? We all have our reasons, sure.
But where there is a will, there is a way as the old saying goes. Think of it in the flipside: what could I actually do, starting right now, today, at least in some small way? If you put your mind to it, I’m sure you can find some way, some how to make forward progress, to take action, to just do it. Even a tiny little nudge of a micro-step counts.
Because if not now, when?