We always want to put our best foot forward – to share out good stuff, stuff that will blow people away. But if we always raise the bar so high, we deny ourselves a lot of opportunities for useful feedback. Feedback is very helpful in earlier stages of project development. The wisdom of the crowd might prevent us from taking a long walk down a dead end path, the return from which may take some time.
There is a positive spinoff from permitting ourselves to share out rough work. We have some motivation to focus with enthusiasm on our little baby steps forward in the project, knowing that we are going to share out and enjoy some input. In addition to positively informing our creative work, the experience of input is a welcome break from our isolation during creative work.
There is a positive dynamic in place with respect to sharing early stage work. On the one hand, we permit ourselves to share out chunks and portions of work in progress, by definition unfinished, but at the same time we polish as much as we can these unfinished chunks, knowing we will be sharing them out soon.
Recognize that the early, developmental phases of your creative cycle are valuable points in the process for sharing, points where you can significantly benefit from feedback. Look forward to these points of sharing, be motivated by the anticipation of these points, and find yourselves creating with great joy and awesome quality!