“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot
Back when I was an academic librarian, I once met a very cool woman from the Library of Congress who worked on the American Memory Project. This was a project to get our entire national photograph collection digitized so that ALL Americans could enjoy them online.
I can remember commenting to her one day, how exciting it must be to be working on the cutting edge of technology. She responded with, “We like to call it the bleeding edge!” This is where I like to keep my writing life. I like to push myself just a tiny bit further than what makes me completely comfortable.
I just heard the same thing from Ben Afleck yesterday on an interview about his directing skills. Ben likes to work at the edge of his known abilities and courage. Fear is a constant motivator for him.
What is your constant motivator? Safety or pushing yourself just a little bit further than you went yesterday? What are some goals you have set for yourself? What holds you back from completing them? Fear that you might have to learn some new technology like WordPress for blogging? Or how to produce a video to market your materials more efficiently? Perhaps you are afraid to pitch a story to a particular editor, or finally send in that novel you’ve been working on forever.
Do it now! It will relieve all sorts of unconscious anxiety you’ve been holding on to. Take a chance! Push your own personal edge and remember:
“You miss 100 percent of all the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzky