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December 29, 2016

Stop Doubting, Start Doing


And seven other thoughts for 2017…


I love a new year.


New plans. A new mindset. A fresh canvas.


But I’m not a fan of resolutions. I think it’s something to do with the pressure. (Because as if any of us need any more of that?). Instead, I believe in thoughts to guide me throughout the year ahead. Call them commandments, if you will. Here are eight of mine.


1. Stop doubting, start doing

Fortune favours those who take action. Stop overestimating the competition and underestimating yourself. You have one life. How do you want to spend it? Doubting or doing?


2. Accept that it’s important to make mistakes

Fail, fail and fail better. The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. Embrace the mess and learn from it. There’s always mess in any kind of ‘success’.


3. Practice patience

The Internet has made us all too used to instant gratification. The reality is, there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. Put in the work, day by day, and be patient.


4. Be mindful about money

It’s ok to want to make money. Hell, it’s ok to love money. But it’s not ok to do things you hate, for prolonged periods of time, just for the money. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Be kind to yourself.


5. Write not what you know, but what you want

The same goes for any kind of creating. “Draw the art you want to see. Start the business you want to run. Write the books you want to read. Do the work you want to see done.” — Austin Kleon. Preach.


6. Chase your curiosity

2017, for me, is about learning. Follow your interests, be interested and stay curious, always.


7. Remove yourself from the world when you need to

Lose yourself in a cocoon of books and art and music and TV shows and movies and guilty pleasures. Escaping every now and again is essential.


8. Believing in yourself isn’t crazy. It’s mandatory. 


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  • Emma Hart | Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles

    I’m with you on disliking new year’s resolution. I never make them myself but, just like you’ve done, I write down things I want to achieve or do over the next 12 months. Stop doubting is something I seriously need to tell myself more next year. I hope you have a lovely 2017!

    December 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm Reply
  • Meagan Shaver

    Really nice post! I really agree with all of your tips!

    December 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    I love these as goals for the new year, especially believing in yourself x

    December 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply
  • Lucie

    Amazing post! Thanks for encouraging. 🙂

    December 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Leesa

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

    I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

    January 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Walkiria

    Perfect thoughts to start the year off. Thank you for all the inspiration during 2016!

    January 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply
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