This month’s challenge is fun! It is an invitation to be creative.
What’s so scary about being creative? Fears lurk in the innocent statements we make whenever we justify why we don’t create.
- Fear of being mocked. Of being embarrassed. Of being laughed at. This is the underlying fear in the statement “But I’m not creative (enough).”
- Fear of making a mistake. Of being wrong. “But I don’t know how to do it.” or “I don’t have the talent.”
- Fear of failing. Of being not good enough. Of not meeting expectations or standards. Of being humbled. Of disappointing yourself or a loved one. Of repeating a previous failure. Of finding out you’ve lost your mojo. Of not being able to keep up with your previous success. Of having your self-worth measured against an outcome.
- Fear of being exposed. Of people finding out your truth. Of people seeing the real you. Of people reading your thoughts, seeing your emotions. Of people understanding you or analyzing you thru your work.
- Fear of being vulnerable. Fear of criticism. Putting your work out there invites people’s opinions of your work and of you. To be evaluated, to be criticized, to find out how your work is received, to find out whether your work sells…those are real fears. We’ve seen people struggle with depression because of this.
- Fear of being successful. Yes, some of us fear that too. We fear that we won’t be able to handle it well, or maintain it.
And I’m sure this is not a complete list. Anything you’d like to add?
And in the spirit of being brave, don’t play it safe. Go outside your comfort zone. Create outside your talents. If you’re a poet, write a short story. If you’re good with watercolor, try a new medium. If your genre is comedy, try drama. You get the gist.
Let’s do this!