If someone crept into my home and stole something I loved, I’d not just want the stolen item back, I’d want to know…
- Why was it stolen
- Who stole it
- How do I prevent this from happening again
As artists we can sometimes get discouraged and that discouragement can lead to procrastination, apathy and blocks that hinder our creativity.
In other words, discouragement robs us from creating, and consequently robs us of enriching the lives of others with our creativity. The result is that we may feel numb, uninspired and blocked–a victim of a discouragement robbery.
The antidote is simple, but not easy: ask a few basic questions…
Why do I feel discouraged?
The sooner we can get the the ‘why’ (which is deeper than any other question), the sooner the solution will come.
Tip: focus on things you can control when asking ‘why’. Blaming external circumstances, no matter how justified, always leads to victim living.
Who stole my creativity?
This question is intended to get our irrational child artist and our adult artist on the same page. The child says “it’s everyone else’s fault!” The adult says “even if I was wronged, I can take a different path and be better of for it!”
Tip: write down your responses while asking these three questions. Seeing is what we’re thinking is powerful, surprising and revealing.
How do I prevent this from happening again?
You get better. You get smarter. You learn and don’t blame. You improve without bitterness.
Tip: realize when it’s your immature child artist speaking and allow your mature adult artist to take over when needed. The child is great for a number of creative tasks, but the adult has to often hold the child’s hand and walk him through the fire.
Someone needs what only you can create. Someone needs your creativity–don’t let the thief of discouragement steal it. Just ask a few questions.
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