We often say that possibilities are endless, as if the world were a smörgåsbord full of ideas. We have so many options today, it's natural to feel overwhelmed. And it does seem paradoxical to have silent and fretful brainstorming participants, a blinding blank page, or the camera turned off. We may even feel overwhelemed when choosing the topping for our frozen yogurt.
Suddenly, we feel obliterated by the infinity of the infinite. Our mind halts to the point of not acting at all. We become paralyzed by the variety in front of us, by the fear of picking the wrong choice. And while it's true that we can benefit of an apparent endless number of alternatives, sometimes it's wise to set constraints. To delimit the waters where we'll sail, and not simply soar adrift, just hoping that this new idea will eventually come afloat.
It's possible that the problem isn't the invention of a new Instagram, or the creation of an artistic work that break molds. Sometimes, the problem is nothing more than writing a paper for class on time, with enough quality to make yourself satisfied. Or to overcome a small list of tasks that you don't know how to withstand: This is why we must narrow the focus to the essential. When we do this, our attention is diverted to the small and subtle, whose progressive sum can address major problems.
Asking questions like "What could be the next great invention that society needs?" or "How can I be a better person?" it's like talking to the void. Instead of trying to change your life or the world in a day, it's prudent to start small and humble, making tiny actions that brings you closer to that greater achievement. For example, start making your bed every day, volunteer yourself to your community, or just take long and silent walks through the city. They can be great tools to acquire inspiration and insight.
Entrepeneurship is rarely a stroke of lucidity from the depths of your mind. With small actions, we shed more and more light, until the solution becomes crystalline. Self constraints can induce clarity, and then creativity. When we create we feel infinite. That's truly beautiful, and what artists love the most. But in order to achieve it, we sometimes have to be just the opposite: Embrace your limitations and narrow your focus.
And remember, at the end of your days, it won't matter how much or how little you created. So shake off pressure. Because you will only recall how happy you were while doing it.