Project Do It Anyway

I was trying to decide what my tagline for 2017 should be. I found that the keep going refrain last year was quite helpful in a lot of ways, and I want to try harnessing that energy again.

Unsure, I opened Instapaper for inspiration, since I’d been stuffing link after link in there for days.

Skimming down, I found a Chuck Wendig post: Write Despite.

Immediately below it was a post from the Blogess: Stay Afraid. But Do It Anyway.

Feel the fear and do it anyway is a thing I’ve said to myself thousands of times as I fought off anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and checking compulsions. It’s supportive. It’s also relevant to my desire to work on my set points this year, modeling a willingness to reach for what I want regardless of whether I think I deserve it.

Magic is made up of candles and risks, and I’ve got lots of candles. If I want to push my game, I should be trying more things, maybe failing and maybe succeeding, and being okay with either one.

I’ve been a perfectionist all my life, and I am a long-time bet-hedger. Underpromise and overdeliver is what I live by life by. Watching 2016 stomp through my firmly reserved expectations was hard. Letting go is harder. But you have to throw the spaghetti to see what sticks.

I like the idea of that, though.

Not practical? Too selfish? Do it anyway.

Too high level for me? Do it anyway.

Scary? Hard? Do it anyway.

Sounds like what I need.

2 thoughts on “Project Do It Anyway

  1. “I’ve been a perfectionist all my life, and I am a long-time bet-hedger. Underpromise and overdeliver is what I live by life by.”

    This is me, to a T. But Carrie’s quote really resonates with me- her passing hit me a lot harder than I expected. At any rate, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway,” and “Progress, not perfection,” will probably be my two mottoes for the year. (Actually, “Strive to be happy” will be number three, though that’s more of an every year motto.)

    Good luck doing it anyway.

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