It’s instinctual for craftspeople who want to feel any sort of pride in their creations to start new work with the desire to create something good. Something worthy of note and praise, of admiration and envy.
But we can do better.
We can be deliberate in creating an impact.
Before creating anything, we can ask ourselves, “What are we really trying to do?” and “How exactly are we trying to get better at it?”
Of all the aims available to me as bullseyes to hits whenever I draw up the bow and arrow that is pen to paper, these are the ones I’m currently aiming at:
10. Physical Training
While we may not be experts in any of our aims, it’s worthwhile to endeavor towards writing about them, to share what little we do know. And in that sharing, we can invite others to learn alongside us or (better yet if we are humble and wise enough) to be corrected if we are wrong so we can be led and calibrated towards what is right. We wouldn’t be the first to be publicly wrong — even Newton and Freud, as influential as they have been and as wrong as they turned out to be, still furthered their fields. While later corrected, their preceding public contributions still fostered advancement.
In maintaining my own daily publishing habit, I do my best pause when I start by struggling while asking myself, “What would be a good idea to write about today?”
The better question though, the one I seek to return to, the one that I feel is necessary to focus on, is “What am I really trying to do here?”
Not every piece may be a masterpiece. But every piece can be in pursuit of mastery.
We have the choice and opportunity to create consciously, to do work important to us and impactful towards others.
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