As artists, we may have limiting beliefs that sabotage our success.
The challenge: we don’t always know we’ve adopted limiting beliefs unless we allow ourselves to be influenced by a creative community.
Limiting Belief One: Perfection
Have you ever said:
- “Someone else always does it better.”
- “I tried before and it wasn’t right.”
- “I can’t.”
Perfectionists don’t often believe they’re perfectionists.
The belief that we (or our work) must be perfect always holds our creativity captive.
What’s the best way to kill perfectionism? Make mistakes.
I’m a huge proponent of airing my mistakes publically. I want to be living blooper reel so I can laugh at my mistakes, learn from them and then move on!
To prove it: Here’s some blunders I made last month.
[box options]Fall down and fall down often. Not only that–fall down and enjoy falling down. Enjoy the process of getting back up and seeing your creative legs strengthen. Go one step further: share your mistakes. When your mistakes are shared, other artists get to learn from them, connect with you without your ‘perfection facade” and have a good laugh in the process![/box]
Limiting Belief Two: Money Is Evil
This belief takes many forms:
- “I don’t want to charge for my work. I don’t create for money anyway.”
- “Budgeting is constraining.”
- “I don’t know what to charge people who want my work.”
If you’ve thought or said these mantras, you may have a limiting belief in regards to money and your creativity.
Your new mantra: money is a tool and tools must be used wisely. If we don’t learn to use the tools, the tools may run us rather than us running them. You wouldn’t buy a car, hop in the passenger’s seat and then hope it takes you where you want to go, would you?
Sadly, many artists take this type of backseat approach to their finances. It’s our choice to be PROactive or REactive.
Many creatives don’t realize that their lack of knowledge in the financial arena could end up actually costing them.
[box options]Artists should get a coach and be open to being influenced by their coach. A good coach will help you set goals and hold you accountable for those goals. They’ll be on the sidelines cheering you along! If you’d like more info on coaching, drop me a line. I’d be happy to set up a free consultation or refer you to someone in my network who could help you.[/box]
If we shed light on the success-sabotagers and adopt new mantras, our creativity climbs to the next level instead of living in the land of plateau.
Question: What other limiting beliefs are you overcoming, and how have you overcome them? Help us all out by leaving a comment below.
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