Creating Your Own Obstacles
Guess what. You create your own reality. That might be a tough pill to swallow if the reality that you are currently experiencing is less than optimal. However, it is true nonetheless. At the beginning of my professional creative career, I was so infused with enthusiasm and faith. I made the decision to try, and for the first time in my adult life, I believed that I could do something artistic. That positive belief garnered positive results and so my dreams got even bigger. I went from thinking of art as a hobby and started to believe that if I kept at it, I could profit from my creative work. Not surprisingly, with that positive conviction in my heart and mind, I did just that.
Then something strange happened. I started doubting myself. I started getting up in my head about what I was doing instead of approaching my work with the same joy that I did in the beginning. When faced with challenges, I started cultivating negative perspectives that killed my passion. It wasn’t long before I started seeing the negative effects of that pessimistic outlook in my life. I became jaded and my reality reflected that. A poem that I wrote during that time is very telling of the angry, victim mindset that I was using to limit myself.
There is good news though! I eventually figured out that it was all me. Check out this episode to hear a bit of my artist story and be inspired to do some self-inquiry. (You also get to hear the angry poem *queue ominous thunder clap*) Do you have any limiting beliefs that are keeping you from attacking your creativity with everything you’ve got? No better time to find out than now.
Here is “the rose” painting that I was referring to in this episode along with a couple of bonus images: