The question I’m asked most during interviews has to do with the topic of having the courage to create.
Questions like this:
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail and fear didn’t exist?
I’m already doing it.
I remember how that answer just popped out without my thinking and totally surprised me.
A shiver passed through my body when I realized that, OMG, I am doing exactly what I want, fear and all.
How about that?
That doesn’t mean I don’t experience fear, I do. Sometimes on a daily basis. Always when I’m creating something new.
But I’ve learned how to dance with fear so that it doesn’t ever stop me. At least not for long.
Fear, shmear. It’s gonna be there whenever we are pursuing our creative calling.
That’s why I say that creativity is a hero’s journey. We have to be bold and proceed. Over and over again, no matter how much “failure”, or how much “success” we’ve had in the past.
To create takes courage. It’s an act of daring. An act of bravery. Because to make or do anything new requires us to go somewhere unknown. And the unknown is typically scary.
When I mentioned that I have learned ways of dancing with fear, you might be wondering, well…how?
The way I manage fear is through regular creative practice.
My creative practice takes place inside blank sketchbooks, where I write, paint, collage and play with mixed media art supplies for the process, not the product.
Keeping creative sketchbooks is the most potent antidote I’ve found for dealing with the ways that fear shows up.
Fear is clever. It wears the masks of: procrastination, comparison, busyness, perfectionism and other creative blocks.
Creative block is another way to describe fear.
Wrapped around the desire of what we want most, is some form of fear that has the potential to stop us cold. That’s the nature of creativity.
There’s nothing wrong with you for being afraid.
All you need to do is learn a few strategies for dancing with the fear long enough to move beyond it…so that your natural, innate creative gifts can shine forth and your ideas can take form.
When we move towards our heart’s desire, we will naturally experience fear.
When it comes to pursuing a creative dream, fear and desire are bundled together.
We can learn to use our creative powers to amplify desire and reduce fear.