Goals for some motivate, excite, and create new focus. For others they intimidate and unnerve. I’m somewhere in the middle. I love the idea of a fresh set of challenges, and taking time to think about what you want to accomplish in a fresh year is always exciting. But when it comes to actually making attempts to accomplish those goals: that’s where intimidation can set in. I felt the burden of the high expectations I set for myself, my life, this blog, my future, over the weekend. It paralyzed me and essentially meant that I got zero done the past few days.
Then last night I remembered a video that one of my students brought to my attention a few months back. It’s a video made by Daniel Sax based off an interview with Ira Glass. For those of you that don’t know (and I didn’t) Ira Glass is a public radio personality and the host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life. In this interview Ira talks about the gap between one’s tastes and one’s skills, and the frustration that can be caused by the awareness of that gap. I found it inspiring and motivating, this simple encouragement to new artists out there to persevere. I hope you find it inspiring as well so that you too can work towards new goals in 2015.