Procrastireads: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fear of failure and getting out of your own way. I've been thinking and reading more about it, and found a great presentation by Brene Brown where she talks about self-doubt and urges folks to stop focusing on the critics. 

Let’s face it, it is easy to sit behind a computer and critique others, but that’s not valuable feedback. The voices that matter are the ones who show up, put themselves out there, face their anxiety and uncertainty and contribute. 

She says, “If you’re not also in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”  Brene and Teddy Roosevelt are a formidable pair.

There are those that show up and support and others that limit you. Friend or foe, critic or supporter - who you surround yourself with matters. Even at work, having a boss that inspires and encourages growth and creativity is crucial to success. Here are a couple things amazing bosses do differently. 

To be a successful creative, you can’t let jerks or human hurdles stand in your way. Studies show that those who have found success, often swear by their daily routines, or rituals.  But remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Do what works for you.  I like the idea of a morning routine or ritual.  I walk the dog, make coffee, read the paper, and scroll through Twitter before starting my day.

Soon, I'll add to that routine, because morning time is my most creative time and I have a few writing projects that have been sitting too long on the back burner.  It's time to put words on paper (or screen), and get things moving.  That's why I like routines -- they make me produce some good stuff.

Speaking of routines, I recently started scheduling time to sit down for a few minutes twice a week to practice handwriting because mine has gotten sloppy and weird, and I want it to be pretty again. Despite the fact that many schools are no longer teaching cursive, I still think it is a necessity and should be part of the curriculum. Good news is there is this nifty tutorial to help you learn (or relearn) how to write cursive.  Get yourself a pad of writing paper from Staples or Amazon, a pen or pencil you love, and get to writing.  It feels good to work toward pretty handwriting again.