Last week I was going over my messages on Facebook. A Pastor friend of mine whose extremely creative, and a downright awesome guy, made a comment about how we often focus more on the works and creative pieces of other people rather than focus on improving our own craft!
After all, do you think the person creating the work you’re focused so much on is really worried about what you’re doing as much as you are about what they are doing!?
OUCH!!! I mean, man, really!?!? But, he’s right. That little Facebook post bugged me for days…and I mean…days!!!
I’ll speak for myself! Just the other day I could’ve been writing and working on my book or my blog, but, I decided to kick back and watch a couple of episodes of “Boyster” and “Angelo Rules” and for good measure the 9 o’clock news followed by Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb.”
Granted, I needed the rest. But, otherwise, if I wasn’t writing this blog post I would be watching a cartoon series or some kind of news show.
Over the past few days, as that Facebook post haunted me, I began to pray and really take some quiet time to see what that meant. I came to several conclusions and laziness was NOT one of them.
I felt like no one would care to read a thing I wrote. I looked at other people’s work and secretly said, “man, that’s awesome work. I could never write like this” or “I could never draw that good” or any kind of garbage that was coming from my insecurities and lack of faith.
I had to have time with God to sort all of that out! And, I simply needed to get back on track and make real goals to get my stuff done!
But you got to imagine too….the people you’re looking at were probably, MAYBE, thinking the same thing when they were looking at someone else, right!? Or maybe, the secret is this…stop looking towards the work of others, but towards the one that called you to the work. There’s nothing inherently wrong with admiring work…just don’t let that steal you from honing your craft.
But, they created such an awesome product.
The cartoons I watch, the TV shows I enjoy and the books I love reading are a product of people who were too busy finishing up their own craft to stare at someone else’s finished product!
My goal, and I think it is something YOU should try too if you have this problem, is to back off on admiring the works of others so, so terribly much, and take the time to shut off all distractions and really get into your own work, your own dreams and your own goals.