Don’t let your excuses stop you from being creative. I’ve seen too many people do that. One of my clients recently came up with a number of reasons why she couldn’t do the installation she wanted to do, and by the end of the session, she had already taken the first step towards doing it.

Let’s go over her excuses, and I’ll tell you what I said

I don’t have enough space: Take it outside, or make a smaller version of the project to get a feel for the process. She decided to do both.

I don’t have enough money to buy the material I need:  There are lots of ways to be creative for free or cheap. Re-use something you already have. She wanted it to be in keeping with the industrial idea, so I suggested a metal curtain rod.

Here’s a couple she didn’t use, but that I’ve heard before

I’m disabled: So am I, people in wheelchairs dance, and blind people paint.

I don’t have the energy: Make it easier for yourself, keep your supplies and materials handy, and you’ll find you get more energy when expressing your creativity.

I don’t have the time: You have to take some time back, just for you. If you don’t have any me-time, you’ll go nuts sooner or later.

My kids get in the way: Get them creating too, and do your own stuff when they’re at school/daycare or in bed.

My husband doesn’t approve of me using money on this: So re-use materials, make your own supplies. Personally I don’t put up with other people controlling my life anymore, but that’s me.

I’m not good enough: Yes you are. You have your own style, don’t compare to others.

I’m too old/young (or something in that direction): No, you’re not, plain and simple.

I don’t have any ideas: Do something new, go somewhere new, and they will come. Pinterest is a good source too, but very addictive.

I don’t know where to start: What would be the first step? A sketch, finding a pattern, tutorial or recipe, a list of what you need? Just do it! An outline of a project isn’t meant to be pretty, it’s just a plan.

What’s your excuse? Take the first step today!

4 Comments

  1. Sibylle

    A good list. The first step is to catch myself using excuses. When I do, I can’t always change things immediately, but at least I’ve stopped believing my own BS 🙂

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  2. Leanne Chesser

    A book called “No Excuses” is an inspiration for me. It was written by Kyle Maynard, a wrestling champion who is also a congenital amputee. Even so, I still let excuses stop me sometimes.

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    • Linda Ursin

      I haven’t read that one. I think we all use excuses sometimes, but reducing them makes for a life that’s more fun.

      Reply

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