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.

  1. Your too late, it’s going to be embarrassing
  2. What if you skip just this once.
  3. You can save the 15 bucks.
  4. You should go home and catch up on emails.
  5. 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!