Scott Hodge


The Subtle Automatics

Sep 29, 2010
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“Changing the pattern of outcome in your work means first identifying things about your approach that are as automatic as wedging the clay, as subtle as releasing the arrow from the bow.” David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear

This quote isn’t just for the “artist”.  I think it’s relevant for everyone.  Including me. Unfortunately.

Does the pattern of outcome in your work need to change?  If so, start by asking yourself this question:

What are some of the “automatic” (and perhaps subtle) behaviors or approaches in my life that could be contributing towards these negative outcome patterns?

Here’s are a couple of, what I’d consider to be, my subtle automatics:

  • Giving myself to useless distractions that end up sabotaging my focus and attention on the things that have the potential to change my life the most.
  • Allowing my lips to move at the same pace of my brain.
  • Leaning too heavily into technology.
  • Being too quick to say “no” to my kids. (Instead of finding creative opportunities and ways to tell them “yes”.)

And…..I’ll stop there. Not that there are any more of course.  Ahem.

How about you?

One Response to “The Subtle Automatics”

  1. mo says:

    I’m completely with you. your first three bullets were basically exactly what I was going to say.

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