Yes, it's Halloween this week
and I just had to get a little spooky.
But I do live a life full of fear on a regular basis. The Art Nurture Journey puts me face to face with my fears. In my last post I talked about why I love my art (you can read the full post here). I love my art because it causes me to get real and become more authentic.
Also, trying to make a thing is scary. Putting yourself out there and sharing that thing you just made is even scarier. You open yourself up to criticism. You open yourself up to failure.
Just like anyone else, I fear criticism & failure.
So what do you do?
Many of us are familiar with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote of, "Do one thing every day that scares you."
In my FearFULL life, I have developed a policy that goes as follows: Feel the fear and then do it anyway.
Thanks, Eleanor, I hope I am not letting you down.
I reached out to a knowledgable friend who could help me through my creative problem (Yes, I utilize my community like HAH!) and then used the struggle as an opportunity to recommit to my learning process.
I kept at it in the face of fear of failure.
Yeah, that's right...in it's face.
I have learned more and with any creative process, knowledge is powerful. Perspective is powerful also. Knowing that you faced fear and lived to tell about it...that is personally empowering as well.
So when fear pops up. I expect it.
Fear tries to tell me that no one cares about my work.
Fear tells me that my Art will not make a difference.
Fear tells me that someone else could do it better.
Fear tells me I am wasting my time.
Fear tells me it will cost too much money and bring in none.
Fear tells me I stink in comparison.
Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh. Yep. That list sounds about right.
And then I proceed.
I equip myself with knowledge.
I invest time.
I show up daily.
I live FULLY and embrace the fact that most stuff worth doing ain't easy. Can I get an 'Amen'?
After all, you get to decide.
I want to hear from you! Please, let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below.