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Can you relate?

“As blocked artists, we unrealistically expect and demand success from ourselves and recognition of that success from others.  With that as an unspoken demand, a great many things remain outside our sphere of possibility.”  Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way.

When we demand success of ourselves then the baby steps that need to happen to move us forward are not allowed.  Too much of a focus on success can actually keeps us from creating.  It is great to have goals but they should be concrete and measurable goals not obscure, hard to measure goals like “success”.  Unless you can define for yourself what success means to you.  Then, perhaps you can lay out the concrete steps you need to take – each hour, each day, each week, each month, each year – to get there.

Thinking through the steps to success can often be very difficult for an emerging artist who is looking for a reason to keep creating.  Perhaps you are at a place where you are asking yourself “How many more classes will I need to take before I am ready to hear my own unique creative voice?”  Perhaps you are asking yourself “Why should I both anymore?”  Creativity Coaching may be just the thing to help you make the leap into creating from your own heart.  Let me be your cheer leader to help you move forward into the creative life you want.  Contact me today!

Moving Forward

Do you have a limited idea of what you are actually accomplishing?  Here are some more words of wisdom from Julia Cameron:

“What we are talking about seems to be a conscious partnership in which we work along slowly and gradually, clearing away the wreckage of our negative patterning, clarifying the vision of what it is we want, learning to accept small pieces of that vision from whatever source and then, one day, presto! The vision seems to suddenly be in place.”

 

Don’t Let Guilt Get You Down

Julia Cameron in her classic book, The Artist’s Way has this to say to recovering artists:

“Blocked creatives are easily manipulated by guilt…Be very careful to safeguard your newly recovering artist.  Often, creativity is blocked by our falling in with other people’s plans for us.  We want to set aside time for our creative work, but we feel we should do something else instead.  As blocked creatives, we focus not on our responsibilities to ourselves, but on our responsibility to others.  We tend to think such behavior makes us good people.  It doesn’t.  It makes us frustrated people.”

It is a New Year and a new month.  Why not start out with a schedule that includes time for your creative work?  First thing in the morning is the best time to do your creative work.  It starts the day doing something that provides important meaning in your life.  It is surprising how well the rest of the day goes when you give some quality time to your creative work before you go on to tend to your other responsibilities.  Give it a try!  You’ll love it!

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