Everyday: Show Up

Everyday… it takes everyday to work on your work. The true work. The work that moves you, the work that tells you a wonderful story. The work that once you start, time melts away and the next thing you know it’s dark outside (or light).

I just watched a great video today by Kesh (I found him while researching one of my favorite artists: Skottie Young). It’s only 3 minutes long and worth the time to watch and listen:

In it he talks about drawing daily. How he noticed that all the other artists he loves also draw: every. single. day. There’s a great quote I love by Chuck Jones:

“Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.” – Chuck Jones

Mozart did it too: he showed up every single day to compose music (secret: whether he wanted to or not). Over 200 years later his work continues inspiring people.

All of this then reminded me of a great article I read by Seanwes a while back:

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Here he outlines how to show up everyday. He writes about misconceptions to showing up. He writes about commitment and accountability. By the way, showing up daily is not easy:

“I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s hard for me every time I have to show up. Every single day, it’s a struggle.” – Sean McCabe

So why oh why go thru with it? It’s kinda like exercising; you think you will have less energy if you exercise but in reality you are building up stamina to do more things throughout the day.

“You have to eliminate the paralysis of choice.

We think that freedom is working for us, but it’s really working against us. Creativity is something that flourishes within constraints. If you have infinite time and possibilities, it’s actually more overwhelming than helpful and often results in nothing getting done.” – Sean McCabe

You have the tools, now it’s time to put in the work. See you there.

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