Do you let negativity block your creative potential?
I’m not a writer because I haven’t taken the right classes. I’m not a photographer because my photos don’t look like Ansel Adams’ photos. I’m not a musician because some critic hasn’t given me validation yet.
I can’t do this because I don’t have the education that says that I can. I can’t do this because no one has given me permission to.
I would do this, but it’s hard. I would work on it, but it makes me feel sad, angry, or upset.
I want to do this, but I have so much to do that I’m not even going to start.
Remove ‘but’ and ‘not’ from your vocabulary. Instead, say, ‘I am an artist.’ Tell a lot of people. Hold yourself accountable. Commit to a small goal, but do it EVERY DAY. If you are working on your art every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes at a time, things will begin to happen.
You will have small battles with your resistance and negativity instead of fighting the entire war at one time. Some days it will be easy. Other days, it will feel like pulling teeth. Some days you’ll feel get about your work, and other days, you’ll want to give up. Just focus on one day at a time.