Just Start

Just Start

ChairI wanted this first post to be a well-written, interesting, and compelling work of art…but it’s not.

I had several ideas that I wanted to start with, some of them are semi-developed.

I thought, “soon, one of these ideas will be finished and I’ll finally hit the publish button.  I just need some more time staring at one of these half formed articles and then I’ll magically have the insight to craft something perfect.”

…but the whole time I was ignoring a basic principle of improv.


In improv, sometimes  you have no idea how to initiate a scene but you just take a step out and start.  Start anything. Moving, motioning, speaking. Literally anything.  I realized that I wasn’t following this idea with this site.  The truth is, sometimes it takes starting to gain a little momentum and only then does the scene become interesting.

What was I waiting for?  Greatness.  I was waiting to publish something amazing but I was worried that I would be starting this site off on the wrong foot.  I was scared that whatever I wrote wouldn’t be good enough.  Do I expect this to be the best written piece of work ever to appear online?  Can I articulate exactly what I am thinking?  What if I fail?

“Perfect is the enemy of the good.”

In improv, it’s just one scene. Just start again. Try, learn something, and just start over.

I realized that I will get better over time, but only if I try.  I started taking m own advice on living life through the principles of improv.

“Excellence is not a singular act.”

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.  Trust yourself.  Take that step out on to the stage.  

Just Start.


What do you want to start today?


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Great post Adam! Improv’s gifts transcend the stage. Living truthfully in both the imaginary and non-imagined circumstances can be clenchingly nerve-wracking, yet so liberating (I can at least speak for myself haha). You have struck a vein of gold in writing about the sagely teachings improv has for the [shy, socially anxious, perfectionistic, in-our-headed] people among us. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and musings!

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