Making Decisions

Someone said in an email they liked how I just "just do it" in reference to my video attempts in the class I'm teaching. Anyone who knows me well - like family and my best friends locally - would laugh or at least smile at that. Because I take an incredibly long time to make decisions. And what looks like I am "just doing it" results from lots and lots of conversations with myself and pep talks. My sister stood beside me in Gymboree a long time ago while I took a half hour to choose a baby shower gift. :-) I dither, which results from being a worrier. What if I choose the wrong baby undershirts???

A question I read a long time ago in a book called "Yes" or "No": The Guide to Better Decisions has helped me numerous times when deciding to try something or not:

"What would I do if I weren't afraid?"

Asking this question cuts through the mustard, so to speak. This question is especially good to ask when you're about to try something new, which artists must do or we start cranking out stale copies of past work. If I weren't afraid of making the wrong decision, or failing, I might do more, try more, etc.

Seth Godin's post today is related to this. Read it.


Chickadee Primitives said...

However you get there, you seem to pull off the "right" decision from my perspective. I love your spirit and your humbleness and your persistance!


Annie Beez said...

I would never have guessed this about you Dixie, as to my perspective you seem to have taken a passion and run with it! Don't be too hard on yourself-we artist's tend to do that. :)
(hey I've never heard of Seth Godin-his website book looks interesting!)

Anonymous said...

I can see that in you Dixie because I sense an immense amount of thought, research, and caring in what you produce. Caring in all aspects of the journey :)

Sandy Mastroni said...

I'm so glad you bought them .... [ Inktense ]
let me know how you like them !

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden