Stop Gathering and Start Making

Written by Christine Kane

Stop Gathering and Start Making by Christine KaneAt some point, you’ve gathered enough information.

You’ve taken in enough advice. You’ve listened to enough audiobooks. You’ve read enough books. You’ve gotten all the inspiration you can get. You know the instructions by heart.

At some point – preferably NOW – it’s time to sit your ass down.

And make.

Back when I was recording CDs, I’d take a hiatus from other people’s music. I’d spend weeks in a cave with my producer listening only to the musicians I’d hired (as they shone all over my songs).

When I create a program (like Uplevel Your Life, or Uplevel Your Business), I turn away from my giant pile of books to read, I set aside my iPod with all its inspirational speakers, writers, coaches (of the life and business variety), experts, and gurus…

…and I freakin’.



There is no way – and believe me I’ve tried – to know in advance if what I make is gonna be any good. Or if it’s gonna sell. Or if it’s gonna “work.” No amount of incoming information is going to answer that mystery. No amount of trying to inhale one more shred of inspiration is going to make it any easier to put your heart and soul out there.

But one thing’s for sure:

If you spend all your time gathering (and wondering), you’ll never really know, will you?

You’ve gathered all you need to gather. You’ve inhaled all you need to inhale.

Now, exhale.

Now, start making.

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Gathering verses making. Or, just get on with it. | I had too much to dream last night.
July 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

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Mary Grossett July 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

I think you have a camera in my office and home and wrote this JUST for me – seriously. and I quote Yoda all the time ….. wow. When the Universe wants to remind me of something it all but SHOUTS! Thanks SO much – always EXACTLY when I need it ;)
xxx all the way from Cape Town, South Africa


Christine Kane Reply:

Thanks Mary! So happy to reach you all the way in Cape Town! (And I was there live and in person many years ago – so I have context with which to see you!)


Emma Reply:

How bizarre…
Another Cape Tonian feeling exactly the same way ;)
Thanks Christine for the wisdom you share!


Kim July 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks Christine!! This is a great kick in the pants, and so well stated! Indeed it’s time!


Christine Kane Reply:

Go Kim!!!


Patty Smith July 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Good Morning Christine! I have to say that I also thought you were talking to me on this blog. Stop gathering and start making! It’s perfectly said and I heard Perfectly! It’s time to get to work! :)


Deborah Bollman July 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

Wow!! So what I needed to hear today!! Thank you!


Gloria July 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

I’m appreciating this post this morning. I just pulled an all nighter in my studio last night and presented the painting in process to my clients this morning. As much as I love marketing and learning new strategies to build and grow my business being in the energy of creation and then having clients literally moved to tears by my creation…well…that is what I live for. Now for some sleep. ;-)


Christine Kane Reply:

Gloria – then let THAT motivator be WHY you market at all! That’s my big why as well!


Camille Gaines July 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

As always Christine, your article is so true…Thanks for the inspiration…I am always glad I took the time to read your post!


Stasia Todd July 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Just returned from the Stampin’ Up! convention where I learned a lot about marketing and recruiting, etc. So your post was exactly at the right time to tell me to act on what I learned and make sure I do it now!
Always get something out of your posts. Thanks for sharing.


Christine Kane Reply:

Thanks Stasia! Glad you had an awesome time!


Mareli July 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Arrived in my inbox as if it was written just for me. Being a professional gatherer and an careful doer! I just needed to hear it again, I have an overdose of information, just need to do it! And do it NOW! Thank you, you are an inspiration!


Sandy July 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Christine…once again, you nailed it for me. I have piles and piles of seminar and conference notes, workshops and seminar topics and content that I’ve not yet given. I too am a professional gatherer. And now I understand why my tummy feels bigger….I need to EXHALE!!! See you next week at the Mastermind…cannot wait!


Fiona Claire July 26, 2013 at 3:01 am

Yes, yes, yes! That’s call I can say to that! Need to be reminded often! But when I am making so many questions and fears subside and I know I just need to do the work. Thanks!


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