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I used to love doing a word of the year. Took me awhile to decide on it some years. But I loved having the focus of whatever I’d thought was an energy I wanted to bring in to the year with me. Over the years, it’s been a lot of different things…and this year, I wasn’t sure what I wanted it to be.
This is a year where a lot of action has to happen. There’s a bit of common knowledge amongst most creatives: ideas are the easy part. It’s the actual sitting down and writing or painting or practice, the execution, that’s the hard part. It’s the action, the doing, the applying your seat to the seat that brings the idea out of the ethers and into the world. Which is why whenever someone says “I have a great idea for you” I always say if you got the idea, it’s your idea. You can do it or you can ignore it. But you usually can’t give it away. Besides, most creative sorts have more ideas than we have years left.
So today my brother and I were talking about someone he knows who has made it. They’ve got a good gig writing on a major show right now. And he was saying they showed up and up and up and did a lot of work to get that gig. They earned it, that gig. And it took years.
He also said lots of people are deserving, most of us are. Of success, of careers we love, of doing our passion … whether or not we’re deserving isn’t the question. It’s the work part, the nose to the grind stone, to moving from dilettante to doer, from amateur to pro in attitude and deed, that earns the steps on the path. Create a framework, a life that supports, taking action. Day-gig. Studio space (or corner). Tools. Whatever the framework, do that first, so it’s easier to take the action.
So this year I’m choosing act. Earn it through action. Do the the things. Be a pro in attitude. Show up whether I want to or not. Keep a schedule. Get it done.
A note about the ads: yeah, I went and looked at them because a friend told me they didn’t seem like me. Yeah. Not me at all. I have no choice about what ads are run in here, however. What this has done is made me decide to slow down to about one post a week until I can self-host. Self-hosting should happen in March or April. (It’s a $$ thing. And it costs slightly =less= than removing the ads in here. So it’s coming, promise.)
In the meantime, trust that I do not endorse any of the advertising that is on this page.