peace (of mind)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

how I would like to approach most aspects all of my life ... but I tell ya it's not always easy

Anxiety, the next gumption trap, is sort of the opposite of ego. You're so sure you'll do everything wrong you're afraid to do anything at all. Often this, rather than "laziness" is the real reason you find it hard to get started. This gumption trap of anxiety which results from over motivation, can lead to all kinds of errors of excessive fussiness. You fix things that don't need fixing and chase imaginary ailments. You jump to wild conclusions and build all kinds of errors into the machine (my artwork) because of your own nervousness. These errors when made, tend to confirm  your original underestimation of yourself. This leads to more errors which leads to more underestimation in a self stoking cycle. The best way to break this cycle, I think, is to work out your anxiety on paper (journal). Read every book or magazine article you can on the subject (having/being a successful creative business person). Your anxiety makes this easy and the more you read the more you calm down. You should remember it's peace of mind you're after not a fixed machine (business).

Robert Persig

More on gumption traps from Robert Persig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Fearless Wonder Heartfelt Joy
my mission statement


  1. I like the idea of working out one's anxiety on paper in a journal or such.

    Love this piece, too. Shouts "joy" inside and out!


  2. I swear by journaling. Sometimes I am shocked by what rolls off my pen onto paper! Really like this latest piece or yours, too.

  3. I ain't reading no self-help book. I iz perfikt jes az I yam. ;-)


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