I realised recently that I had fallen into a trap which catches out many of us.
I had been putting off a project because I thought I needed a special bit of software on my computer which would work like an autocue. Although I like technology which helps me be more effective, I am not someone who gets excited about software and apps per se, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to doing the research, being faced with lots of different options, working out which would do what I needed without being a sledgehammer to crack a nut, which wouldn’t take up too much space on the laptop, be too expensive, etc. The consequence was that I put my project off for a year, “until I had the time to find the right software”.
By chance whilst in the middle of another project, I suddenly discovered that I actually didn’t need a new piece of software. All I needed was the camera on my Mac and my existing wp package, Pages. By putting the document in a minimised box under the camera, I could film myself reading my blogs and voila, I had created my ‘Sparklers’ vlogs. Yes, I know - when you say it like that, it is totally obvious. It was a bit of a ‘doh’ moment and I did feel a bit of an idiot to find the answer had been under my nose the whole time.
I could say that the reason I hadn’t spotted this solution before was because I just wasn’t looking for something that simple. I had been making the project much more complicated than it needed to be. But by doing that, I was also subconsciously delaying the project, telling myself I couldn’t possibly start it before I had everything in place. This meant that I didn’t have to take the risk of looking silly, of my idea not working. I could harrumph every now and then, complain to myself about the lack of suitable software ‘out there’ as though it was someone else’s fault this project wasn’t happening. I was using it as an excuse to stay in my comfort zone.
Does any of this sound familiar? Is there a project you are putting off because you are waiting for the right ‘software’ (or whatever your equivalent is)?
Step back and have a look at what is right in front of you - maybe the thing you need to get started is closer than you think!
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