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We often hold back on taking action because we’re uncertain of the effect it will have.

Sure, we have an idea that might work, but what if it doesn’t give us the result we were looking for?

What if, in hindsight, we realize that we would have been better off taking that other action instead? Or the other action besides that?

One of the core traits of successful creators is an eagerness to topple the first domino and simply see what happens.

Rather than get hung up on the blank page or the empty canvas, they commit easily to writing the first line, to making the first brush stroke.

They understand that it’s impossible to ruin their work before it’s begun, and that the only way to uncover the potential of the seed of the idea in their head is by getting it out of their head and playing with it in a more physical form.

The creative process is equal parts practice & preparation, and then relinquishing control and letting an idea take you where it wants to go.

If it leads to a dead-end, or somewhere you’re unwilling to follow, leave it, and move on to the next one. There are more than enough ideas to waste your time chasing those going nowhere.

Detach yourself of the expectation of making the best or right next move. It’s impossible to ever know for certain.

Simply choose a domino, give it a push, and see what happens.

Founder of podcast production and content amplification agency Counterweight Creative. Believer in the power of kindness and generosity.

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