Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Be Centered and Complete

It’s no secret that Seth Godin is a genius. His is one of the most insightful and knowledgeable business men out there, and if you don’t already subscribe to his blog, we could not recommend it higher.

It’s a phenomenal source of not just inspiration but the smartest little bits of wisdom about all aspects of life.

This week, one of his short & sweet posts really hit home – so much so that I wanted to share it with our QFYC community. Seth wrote:

Centered and complete

These are not the conditions for creativity.

Creative people ship remarkable work because they seek to complete something, to heal something, to change something for the better. To move from where they are now to a more centered, more complete place.

You don’t get creative once everything is okay. In fact, we are creative because everything isn’t okay (yet).

Personally, I’ve always loved creating – painting, drawing, crocheting, and every DIY adventure in between. However, it hasn’t been until recently (aka until this full-blown craziness called the quarter-life crisis took over my life) that I have been really making an effort to make it a larger part of my life.

The more I read about success and entrepreneurship and happiness and growth, the more I find myself reading about creativity. I know it’s a critical part of self-exploration and even innovation in the business world, but it’s also pretty scary for most of us. I used to think that I needed to know what I was doing before I started creating something. That I should be a better painter or writer or crafter.

And I held myself back from even trying because I “wasn’t ready yet.”

Maybe it isn’t creativity for you. Maybe you’re not waiting for the perfect time to learn how to watercolor. But whatever it is, so many of us stop ourselves before we even start because we “aren’t ready.”

You know how sometimes you can read and hear things over and over again and all it takes is for one little moment to make it all clear? Well that’s what Seth Godin’s post did for me.

I know that creating is about the process over the product. It’s about expression over effect. It’s the art of doing something rather than getting it done.

And now I cannot think of a better time to embrace our creativity than in the middle of a full-blown I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-doing quarter-life crisis. 

Quite frankly, I’m not sure if I’m ever going to have it all together.

So what are we waiting for? Why do we need to wait until we have all our ducks in a row (are they ever?) before going after what we want?

The answer, as Seth Godin puts it so simply: we don’t – and we shouldn’t.

Start now. Get those creative juices flowing and enjoy the process without worrying about how it’s all going to look at the end. It’s about embracing the unknown in our lives and realizing that the process will change us and teach us more than the end result ever could.

This quarter-life crisis may not be the most calm and centered time in our lives, but it’s the perfect time to stop waiting to “be ready” and start living the life we want.

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