“[It’s]a question I’m obsessed with: Why don’t people work hard when it’s in their best interest to do so? The (short) answer is that it’s really risky to work hard, because then if you fail you can no longer say that you failed because you didn’t work hard. It’s a form of self-protection… Most of the psychological research on this is focused on why some kids don’t study for tests. If you get drunk the night before an exam instead of studying and you fail, then the problem is that you got drunk. If you do study and you fail, the problem is that you’re stupid — and stupid, for a student, is a death sentence. The point is that it is far more psychologically dangerous and difficult to prepare for a task than not to prepare.”
I have to say that I fall under this situation sometimes. I protect my psyche by saying “Well, I can’t work on my screenplay because I’ve got weddings.” Or “I don’t have time,” or . It’s time for me to get back to doing what I love, and to risk failing, even failure after working hard, because that is what will help me improve. Thanks to this guy at this website, http://thestorycoach.net/2013/08/29/malcolm-gladwell-explains-why-outlining-writing-and-rewriting-is-so-hard/
And so it has come to this, back to basics.