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As a wise man once said, "Wherever you go, there you are." - Mike Brady

* and FYI, the Brady Bunch didn't invent the quote "Wherever you go, there you are".  Google the origin of the phrase. It's an interesting, if at times confusing, read.


Indecision. Apathy. Fear. These are all reasons to remain in a state of inaction. And let's face it: Some people are just more productive than others. Some of the many (valid) reasons for lack of productivity have to do with where you were born, who you were born to, how much money you make, how much money you used to make, how many children you have, how many children you don't have, your genetic makeup, your personality type, how many jobs you have to work to make ends meet, what town you live in, your access to affordable food, water and health care and the list goes on and on and on. Productivity is really a subjective thing anyway. What might be considered productive to some might be a complete waste of time and energy to others.  


My personal brand of productivity (or lack of depending on your point of view) has always revolved around creativity of some sort. Things have definitely veered on the fortunate side in my tiny corner of the universe. I have had equal amounts of opportunity and set backs. I've had bouts of super productive creative bursts, followed by (more likely than not) long periods of inactivity (aka eating bags of popcorn and binge watching Netflix). I'm much more fortunate than many, but far less fortunate than some.

 

Along the way, I have come to a pretty big realization. Even when all other factors are taken into consideration, the only person that has ever stopped me from doing anything creatively in my life has always been... wait for it...


... me. 


I am my own worst enemy. I am my worst critic. I am harder on myself than any other actual person has been in my life (well, except for that one chef at that one restaurant that I worked at that used to scream at me and call me stupid. In the end she was fired because the customers could hear her screaming and didn't find it pleasant during their very expensive meals *HAPPY ENDING* ). That particular instance aside, the only other person that has ever been in my creative way is me.


Believe it or not, that's not an easy realization to come to. It's taken me a good 20 years to figure it out. For every creative step forward I've taken in my life, I've followed it up with an equal amount of energy and time spent on: criticizing the creative step, getting depressed about the creative step, talking to others about the pitfalls of the creative step, coming up with a mental list of overwhelming reasons why the creative step is a bad idea and then ultimately talking myself out of taking any more creative steps. That's pretty safe – right? If you don't take any creative steps, you never actually have to GO anywhere. The problem is, if you don't GO anywhere you never GET anywhere and then there you are. STUCK. In the quoted words of the immortal Mike Brady "Wherever you go, there you are". If you remain paralyzed by your fears, it means you are going nowhere. 


So, today's encouraging moral from my personal handbook/pearls of wisdom is...
Take a step. What would happen if today, you let go of your fear and doubt for just a moment and created something – even if it's only for five minutes? What if today you let the cork out of the bottle even just a little and made... anything? Then instead of judging the step and brushing it aside, what if you let it out into the world and then stepped away? Then what if tomorrow you did it again? And the day after that?  Because really "Wherever you go, there you are" is not just a silly quote from a dated TV sitcom (or a self-help book on cultivating mindfulness). I think Dad Brady was really onto something. (Who knew the Brady Bunch held such valuable life lessons?) So why not try making your "there" be somewhere a little different today? And then tomorrow...


and then the day after that...
and the day after that...
and the day after that...
and...

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