My professors used to try to drill into us the importance of doing samples and swatches, drawings and studies; to get a feel for the materials, explore some ideas, and avoid costly oversights. Of course, lots of people get an idea in their heads and just jump right in -- and that can be good, too -- wonderful, in fact -- but only if they're not attached to the outcome. Which is rarely the case if they start with an idea of what they want to create.
Sometimes people get really precious with the materials or their projects, desperately constrained to work with only the premium materials, or have the project turn out perfectly. Perfectionism -- that's a brutal closed loop. Nothing grows in that soil.
I'm a pretty creative person; I tend to be inventive, and fearless in experimenting with techniques that interest me and 'trying things out'. But I am also very rigid when it comes to the ways of the world (mostly being confused by what they are), and afraid to step out and make mistakes for fear of looking foolish.
I've been doing pretty well in this area in the last few months, and I have to give some credit to the supernaturally charming and handsome Nico Luce at North Shore Elements yoga studio in Lynn Valley for the spark of a new context for me. He started a class with an amazing little tale about a teacher of his insisting that there should be no 'try' in one's vocabulary, because 'try' supposes 'succeed' or 'fail'.
Instead, one should only use the word 'practice'.
And so, 'practice', with the supposition that I act in earnest, and diligence, and with faith, has become my new context. Thus I am able to start websites and register businesses and participate in craft shows without having to 'have it all figured out', because I am practicing.