Seduced, Wooed & Choked (0:17) My art teacher, Peter Kraus, said, "Don't draw past the finish line. There is a point when the picture is done. Be careful not to over design it.” As crazy, genius artists & entrepreneurs, we're all vulnerable to the last minute whims of the playful Muse. Just when you think your record, script, book, painting, video or website is finally finished, she offers yet another option, another new idea, another POV. As beautiful as your Muse is, her ONLY job is to consistently feed you new ideas, NOT to tell you when the project is finished.Truth is: We allow ourselves to be "seduced" by distraction, "wooed" by perfection, and "choked" by the fear of pressing the launch button. Truth is: You KNOW when the project is finished and you KNOW when it's time to launch.
J Michael Dolan

Seduced, Wooed & Choked (0:17)

My art teacher, Peter Kraus, said, "Don't draw past the finish line. There is a point when the picture is done. Be careful not to over design it.”

As crazy, genius artists & entrepreneurs, we're all vulnerable to the last minute whims of the playful Muse. Just when you think your record, script, book, painting, video or website is finally finished, she offers yet another option, another new idea, another POV. As beautiful as your Muse is, her ONLY job is to consistently feed you new ideas, NOT to tell you when the project is finished.

Truth is: We allow ourselves to be "seduced" by distraction, "wooed" by perfection, and "choked" by the fear of pressing the launch button. Truth is: You KNOW when the project is finished and you KNOW when it's time to launch.


COMMENTS


Posted By Bjorn
S,W&Ch
Humbly I bow my head in gratitude. I keep falling into this muse-trap time after time feeling certain that I am the only one having a hyperactive muse. Such a relief to hear that this is a pretty common "roadblock" among my piers. An added thank you to all you "super pros" on this blog for sharing your techniques in how to deal with it. Bless you all. <3


Posted By Missy Burton
When It's Done It's Done
You are dead on Michael with this. When you keep "drawing past the finish line" it's like 2nd guessing yourself. You know when it's done.


Posted By Rachel
Weaving the future
Hi Michael! Seems for me the painting of life I keep stroking with colour is taking form in phases..Lots of little peices taking shape when the form where my heart longs to be, patiently evolves. BUT!! Last night I was recording again, working on a new song and once again I am taken on a journey to the moon!! It's beautiful. Thank you so much for your blogs Michael! Have a wonderful week all! Rachel


Posted By Robert M.
Final questions
I am a screenwriter and character development is always a challenge for me. What is relevant to the story? What is distracting? Is it believable that this character would think that? Do that? Say that? At the final stage, that’s what I explore to find out if I’m “done.”


Posted By Max
Blast off!
Truth is: After you’ve worked it to the bone, all systems are go, and green lights are flashing, lite that fuse, press the launch button and send that sucker to the moon!


Posted By Laura Pierce
resist gravity
As an artist, I keep my ideas down to one big idea per picture. Other ideas can be little ones that complement the main idea. Sometimes a big idea happens that I save for the next painting. Yes, there are different kinds of gravity that pull me in different directions: You’re done! No, there’s more. Over here! What about changing this Or that? Think about this...Sleep on it...(night after night). But yes, when I think about it, I really DO know when it’s done. I just need to courage to hit the launch button.


Posted By Frank S.
Project phases
As a CEO, my projects have different phases. Phase I is always preparing for change. Phase 2 is always implementing “part” of the project and evaluating. Phase 3 is Trial Run, and Lastly, Final Implementation with ongoing evaluation. I take on only ONE basic idea at a time and tell the rest of the ideas they have to wait. That seems to work for my own projects.

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