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3 Minimalist Tips to Complete a Project

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Fear is an emotion that’s always present. I try not to let the emotion hold me back from new opportunities and options. I have to admit this week has been hard. My lizard brain is on overdrive

Writing Simply Car-free has been an amazing process and I’m grateful that I’ve had the time and opportunity to work on this project. I have to admit, I’m nervous about the launch on Monday.

With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about Seth Godin and the ideas he advocates in Linchpin. Below are 3 minimalist tips to complete a project that I gleaned from Seth’s book.

1. Ship.

Shipping your art and focusing on spreading your message is key. Art can take so many forms, from making a beautiful cappachino, to building a beautiful tiny home. In essence, art is a gift, and to share that gift we have to ship it.

1. Art is made by a human being.
2. Art is created to have an impact, to change someone else.
3. Art is a gift. You can sell the souvenir, the canvas, the recording… but the idea itself is free, and the generosity is a critical part of making art.

Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work. ~Seth Godin

Mirco-action: Take inventory of your projects. Is there a project in your life that hasn’t been shipped yet? If not, set a date for shipping your product into the world.

2. Ask for help.

Far too many people are scared of asking for help. I’ve talked before about the importance of community and opening up to others in prior posts.

By asking for help we show others that we’re vulnerable. And that’s more than okay, it’s courageous. By opening ourselves up to others and by being vulnerable we’re showing friends, family and colleagues how much we trust them. By pretending we can do it all alone, we’re doing a disservice to ourselves and our community.

Micro-action: Ask a friend, family member of co-worker for help.

3. Say no to the lizard.

The lizard brain “is the prehistoric brain stem, the amygdala, the part of our brain responsible for anger, revenge, sex and safety. It’s what a chicken has, all that a chicken has.”

I agree with Seth. The lizard should be challenging us to create beautiful art and spreading messages that will change the world, rather than running away from the task.

We all struggle with fear and fight the resistance on a daily basis. If you’re in need of inspiration and want tools to fight the resistance, read Linchpin and fearlessstories.com.

Micro-action: Read Linchpin and some fearlessstories. Be inspired. Create art.

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  • Karol Gajda February 25, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Right on Tammy. Mr Godin put it all so well in Linchpin. And I love that he dedicated such a nice chunk of it to one of my favorite productivity books The War of Art.

    Congrats on your upcoming eBook! I’m sure fighting the Resistance wasn’t easy.

    • Tammy February 25, 2010, 7:01 pm

      Thanks Karol! I haven’t read The War of Art yet. It sounds intriguing. I’ll add that to my reading list. 🙂

  • Alejandro Reyes February 26, 2010, 8:36 am

    Wonderful tips, and I know for sure that they are part of what you did to get your ebook out. The third one is perhaps the one I really need to pay attention to, I will certainly read the provided material once it get’s into my hands.

    Thanks for sharing Tammy!

    • Tammy February 27, 2010, 8:25 am

      Cool! I’m glad you liked it Alejandro. 🙂

  • Jay Hepner February 26, 2010, 5:00 pm

    Great post, Tammy!

    Thanks for synthesizing the essence of Linchpin, as well as including micro-action tips.

    Also, for turning us on to fear.less.com. Didn’t know about that one.

    Really enjoyed this one, Tammy!

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