Can You Do It?
When you set out to do something you’ve never done before (and even when you start a new project in a media that you have done before) this is the question that raises its head.
Can you do it?
Unfailingly, I stumble on this question on every project. Usually midway through. When the first draft is solid and ready for revision. When revision is half-done. When I think I’ve got it just right and then something in me says: not yet.
This question disguises itself as a murky “there’s no way in hell I can do this” sensation followed by “who do I think I am?”
Ahh. These questions may have once caused me to slip under the silky waters of doubt.
Now I know they’re just part of the process. They mean I’m getting close. Close to achieving it. Close to doing it and doing it well. They mean I’m stretching, growing, gaining strength. Does it matter that this question appears in every project, even when I’ve done something many times over? Not at all.
Feeling uncertain about your ability to achieve your dream is a crossroads. You stop, you look all ways, you decide. Because you’re the only one who can decide if you can do it.
And you can.
And you decide that you can, over and over again. You choose to believe in yourself. In the Universe. In the project. In all the beautiful synchronicities that brought this project to you and you to this project – and all the talent, emotion and soul that you posses to pour into it.
Yes, you believe that you can. Because you know what? You are the only one who can.
No one else will ever be you. No one else will ever create what you will.
No one else can.