[Photo taken at the barn today. We had to get to my son's riding lesson.]
"I could never..."
So I hear and read this a lot. "I could never draw like that." "I could never do that." etc. and it applies to whatever seemingly difficult topic is at hand, not just drawing or art.
Um, why not? Why not you? Have you tried? Ok, have you tried for any real length of time? Have you put in 10,000 hours? [You here = "I could never" guys, not necessarily you dear reader. I know you're different.]
Probably not. Most likely you're just letting your inner critic win. Your inner critic says 'you suck' so why try, right? You know what? My inner critic says that too. I'm not better at drawing nor more creative. I've done two things that set me apart from "I could never" guys:
- I've tried, failed, tried, failed, and kept working on it. I'm nowhere near 10,000 hours but I am putting in hours.
- I've learned to listen less to my inner critic. Notice I didn't say I don't have an inner critic or that I don't listen to my inner critic. I just listen less than "I could never" guys.
So "I could never" guys, just stop. You might think saying "I could never do that" is a compliment but it's not. It implies that other people are gifted instead of recognizing how hard they work. It implies that "I could never" guys are lazy (not willing to put in the hours) or weak (not willing to resist their inner critic). It's not "I could never." Really it's "I don't" or "I haven't" or "I don't want to."
Do or do not, there is no try. --Yoda
If you still aren't convinced, here's 3 reasons why you can't draw and what to do about it.