Some years ago—1997 to be exact—I sat down on the back porch of my Chicago cottage and opened my sketchbook to a blank page.
A fan of doing timed, stream-of-conscious writings with prompts, I put the following prompt at the top of the page:
If I didn’t have to do it perfectly, I would…
Then I answered that question, as fast as I could, for the next ten minutes.
Afterward, there was immediate clarity about a tiny (imperfect) step I could take toward a creative dream that kept pulling at me.
Little did I know the changes that would be set in motion by daring to consider what I might do imperfectly. And then taking the first imperfect step.
The exploration immediately led to a new direction in my visual art.
Which led to a new consulting gig.
Which led to a new relationship.
Which led to a cross-country move to San Francisco.
And more adventures…aligned with my higher purpose.
Every step was an evolution into more of my potential, bringing with it more of what I loved, more of who I really wanted to be and do and experience.
But I had to give up on perfection first.
What would you do if you didn’t have to do it perfectly?
Quick. Write your answers down without thinking.
We don’t have to know the HOW.
That’s taken care of after we being to explore the WHAT.
Keeping a journal or sketchbook is a way of exploring the what…
What have you discovered by exploring this way?