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Quit Pushing Reset

You know what I’m talking about.

You’ve been hard at work on a project, a hobby, or even a dream.  You’ve reached that “point of no return” moment and you feel unsure, anxious.

Stop Pushing Reset

There is a reason that Reset and Power are different buttons.

Is it good enough? 

Will people like it?

Will people hate it?

Will I be criticized? 

Is it worth it?

And in that moment you panic and hit Reset.  You decide to move on, to do something better, to start over in hopes of being perfect.

You never will be.  Perfect, that is.

Art is never perfect, never finished.

Art isn’t even art unless it is shared.

Cutting your losses can be an wise move (when done objectively and without emotion).  It can also be an easy way out, and is dangerous when it becomes a habit.

If you keep pushing Reset in pursuit of perfection, you will never make progress.  You’ll be stuck repeating the first stage (1-1) over and over again – like a real life Groundhog’s Day.  And while you may become great at stage 1-1, you won’t get to experience the other 99% of the game of life.  You’ll miss out on the amazing effects of compound action, and never accomplish the impossible.

Stop QuittingThat’s what happens when you become a serial starter, an endless loop of  starting -> quitting -> starting over.

Is that how you want to live?

I didn’t think so.

I know how easy it is to push Reset.  You’ve been working on something and the silent dread creeps in.  It’s the tension between releasing your work/dreams into the world, and the fear of what the world will think of them/you.

Maybe it’s easier not to be judged.  To live comfortably without making too much noise.

The problem is we know better.

So what happens, why do we do this to ourselves?

In the moment, it feels good to push Reset.  It delivers a cathartic release of expectations, responsibility, pressure, and judgement.  A chance to begin anew.  To create from scratch.  Sounds enticing, right?

Wrong.

Jeff Goins puts it like this:

Before you start, you must finish. That’s what “shipping” is: the discipline of letting go so you can experience the thrill of starting again.

When I’m working on a project that I know is important, but I’m at the point where I’m sick of it. I want to give up — to throw in the towel and just cancel it.  But I know this feeling; I’ve felt it before. This desire to quit means I’m close to something great.  So I push forward and persevere.

Chances are you’re working on something great, and the only way to know is to finish and ship.

Then do this repeatedly.  Get stuck in the cycle of start -> finish -> ship -> start.  

Listen to Steve

Listen to Steve, he knows a thing or two.

What if I fail?

Sometimes you will.  It’s okay.  You’ll adapt and improve.  I’m not one who says failure is necessary, but it sure can help you.

Remember: even if you are failing forward, you are succeeding, growing, and changing.  You’ve improved as an artist and as a human.  You are making a difference.

To answer the questions from the beginning of this post:

Is it good enough?  Yes it is.

Will people like it?  Yes they will.

Will people hate it?  Yes they will.

Will I be criticized?  Constantly.

Is it worth it?  More than you know.

Now go finish what you’ve been working on!

 

Why do you push Reset?  What are you creating?  Are you pursuing your dreams?  What is holding you back?  Please share in the comments.

Inspirational Resources: 

The Chuck Norris Guide to Life Domination 

The Complete List of Convincing, Unique, and Legitimate Excuses

To Risk – William Arthur Ward

Get Over It – Jeff Goins

All of the Inspiration You’ll Ever Need – Steve Kamb

About Cole Bradburn

I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing little boy.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    love it.

    • http://colebradburn.com/ Cole Bradburn

      Thanks Jeff, for all you do.

  • David P

     Cole,

    Just came across your blog. Love the post. I have found that the Reset button’s evil cousin is usually “Analysis Paralysis”.  This group never gets a chance to hit the reset button. Keep up the good posts

    • http://colebradburn.com/ Cole Bradburn

      David, thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.  I myself have suffered from Analysis Paralysis too – where I’ve been unable to even get started.  I think all creative types experience that from time to time…there are so many possibilities until you choose one to begin.  

      Cheers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/squidderz Audrey Tecson Gozon

    This is a great post. Visually appealing too; just that it’s very long. :)