by doing the work we figure out the work

idea-less, i sat down around 21.30 on Monday night to draw my aspiration for #the100dayproject on instagram.

as i gathered my pens, pencil, giant eraser, and scrap paper, i thought about doodling something involving books.  i got to work and soon i’d covered a small sheet with open, two-dimensional “books” resembling seagulls.  i didn't have an aspiration yet, so i moved on to bookshelves, which didn’t bear any resemblance to their real-life counterparts, either.

it was getting close to my 22. bedtime, so i thought, let’s economize and make one gigantic book, and dutifully googled “how to draw a book.”  one of the results showed a snazzy one angled slightly to the right.  i was in business. 

when i reached the penultimate step (drawing the cover label), genius struck again—make the aspiration the book’s title!  here’s how it turned out:

the whole procedure—vague idea to sharing on instagram—took about 15 minutes.  so, why am i telling you?  because the experience drove home the relationship between actions and ideas

they communicate endlessly, almost scientifically. like the Krebs cycle or the Calvin-Benson cycle, or another cycle i should’ve studied more closely during 9th grade honors biology.

drawn while wearing a paper bib in the dentist chair yesterday morning. 

drawn while wearing a paper bib in the dentist chair yesterday morning. 

doing things triggers ideas and as you form ideas, the next steps become apparent and refined.  in my case, i didn't sit around figuring out precisely what i'd draw.  instead, i started playing around and drawing. by taking steps in the direction of the idea, a cool, complete concept came to mind.

what if you believed, with all your being, in this endless feedback loop?  

if you sat down to work each day convinced that coming up with ideas will lead you to their implementation and figuring out how to make ideas happen will give you even more ideas?