In week 2 of the Artist's way, Julia Cameron instructs us to put a sign at our work place. It reads: "Great Creator, I will take care of the quantity. You take care of the quality. The sticky note has been sitting on my laptop the past week.
A lot of my day to day struggle comes from trying to dictate the outcome, quality and results of my work. It's the battle between what I can create and what is actually made. My eyes are focused externally instead of internally. What results is unnecessary tension, stress and suffering for something I can't even control.
The Bhagavad Gita provides a beautiful resolution:
"You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty."
In focusing on letting go of the outcomes and instead focusing on the work, I find myself falling in love with the process again. I second guess myself less, I am more instinctual, and I have more fun. When I am too attached to the results, fear gets in the way of me showing up
I believe this is true for creative pursuits, as it is in our lives. My job isn't to be a filmmaker. It's to show up, day after day and focus on doing the work.