Everyone is most likely familiar with the much quoted Woody Allen saying “80% of life is showing up“. I notice that this saying becomes more true at every stage of my life. I am reminded of it in all of the moments where I experience a mental resistance to new experiences. For example, every two weeks I’ve started to go to a figure drawing class in my neighborhood. It’s right after work and I have to make a bit of an effort to get there on time. But almost always there is a voice in my head listing the reasons I shouldn’t go.
- Your too late, it’s going to be embarrassing
- What if you skip just this once.
- You can save the 15 bucks.
- You should go home and catch up on emails.
- You should go home and just draw by yourself.
Sometimes that part of myself wins, but my main weapon against it is going into autopilot mode. I let the voice run off all the reasons I should bail out, meanwhile keeping one foot in front of the other, until I am sitting in the seat at the studio and have no choice but to follow through. I can’t count the number of times I have used this technique, but it definitely helps my showing up record. Go Autopilot!