This Might Not Work

When you are looking at starting a new project what is your first reaction? Is it, "It's too difficult so why bother?" Is that how you think of all new projects? Don't be afraid of saying yes -- it's how I use to think.

That became my habit, always sabotaging the new project even before I gave it any effort. I allowed what author Steven Pressfield calls; Resistance to derail the survivability of any creative endeavor. After lots of trial and error, I began to understand to manage Resistance I needed to dance with it.

I needed to get comfortable with failure, and the only way to do that was to repeat, "This might not work," before every project. Repeating that statement allowed me to get comfortable with the possibility of failing.

The new attitude allowed me to approach each project as play. I began to see failure as an opportunity for improvement through self-analysis. This process allowed me to scrutinize my expectations against what happened. And what lies between those two points is the success gap.

Author John C. Maxwell explains, "The success gap is the distance that lies between an unsuccessful life and a successful one." Or in this case an unsuccessful project and a successful project.

So the next time you begin a new project tell yourself, "This might not work." Then leverage that new attitude to make your ideas happen.