The universe is always in flux, so waiting endlessly for perfection just means you’ll miss the boat.
Danny Gregory’s “Shut Your Monkey” hit at just the right moment for me. The combination of a very challenging year at work and a post-marathon movement slump had me feeling drained. I needed a good kick in the pants, or else my holiday break might devolve into a slovenly mess of bon-bons, sweat pants, and movie marathons.
Okay, maybe I can have a little of that, but…
This morning as I finished up this book, I’m feeling fired up. I’ve been drawing ever day since his talk, and the book pushed me even further to reflect on my purpose and what drives me. If you need a pep talk, this is a good one.
Big takeaway: don’t be so precious about it all. Just make art for you. Art with a little ‘a.’ pic.twitter.com/S7pDMsur7V
— sara mcguyer (@sara_mc) December 14, 2016
Gregory invites challenging the “monkey” that holds you back. Those inner voices, the ones who needle with nay-saying and destructive doubts, can be quelled.
In short, the book says:
Don’t let meaningless distractions get in the way. Don’t expect perfection. Don’t over-analyze or critique your process or the creative output.
Just show up.
Thanks to High Alpha, who hosted Danny Gregory for a talk about creativity. Free registration to the event included a copy of his latest book, Shut Your Monkey.