Why I am So Afraid of the Finish Line
Why are we afraid to finish?
Our work becomes public
When we are in process, nobody sees what we do. How we operate. What our process looks like. Everything changes once we finish. We can no longer hide what we have toiled over. Our finished product is now available for all (or some) to see. This is the root of the fear.
Other will judge our efforts
Others will place value on what we have done. Good or bad, we will hear the commentary about our efforts and the end results of those efforts. We don’t want to be judged, so we stop before we cross the finish line. Or we crawl forward slowly. Inch by inch. When we have the stamina to sprint.
We assume the worst
Once we give audience to the voice of fear, we can become paralyzed. The worst case scenario suddenly becomes the most likely scenario. We actually start to believe publishing our book will result in the fall of the modern economic system worldwide.
My advice to you, and to myself:
Cross the finish line with bravado. Rejoice in the process. Be proud of your art. (You can tweet that)
Learn from your detractors, but don’t take them so seriously. The economic system will still be running tomorrow. You will still put your pants on one leg at a time tomorrow.
Then get back to creating. As my friend Tim Gallen once told me: Shut up and create!