Rising to the Occasion is an incredibly brave step. It is the moment where you allow other people to see into this world of creative expression that you have been developing through Discovery and Ownership. Rising to the Occasion is vulnerable. It exposes you to potential criticism and potential praise. Having a firm grasp on your Mission and Motivator will help you navigate both criticism and praise in a way that helps you continue to move forward.
Rising to the Occasion is typically a public action. It places you and your creative expression in the spotlight. Because of the intense vulnerability of this stage, it is extremely important that you have taken the time to cultivate your creative Tribe and that you are surrounded by Creative Champions. Having a community of people who want to celebrate and champion you, who won’t be made jealous by your success or exploit your failures, and who can speak your Mission and Motivator back to you when you can’t see it, is a key to successfully Rising to the Occasion. That community will help you accurately navigate the praise and criticism that is sure to come with public exposure.
Rising to the Occasion is exciting! It is the moment that you have been preparing for as you’ve been cultivating your creative expression. You have permission to enjoy the experience and celebrate the opportunity! An invitation to Rise to the Occasion is an honor for you and your creative expression. It is a sign that other people, people who have influence to create opportunities for you, recognize that you have something special that they want other people to experience. This is a huge step for your creativity! Make sure that you take time to recognize and enjoy the celebration of your creative process and accomplishments.
Rising to the Occasion takes great courage and belief in your creativity. We believe in you and celebrate your creative journey! You can do it!
Action: How are you celebrating your creative accomplishments right now? Do you take time to see your progress and enjoy your successes? If you are not already, start intentionally celebrating and actively supporting people in your Creative Tribe and your Creative Champions. Celebrate other people the way you would want to be celebrated and you reap the return when your time comes to be celebrated.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, loving life in Virginia Beach, VA, by way of DEN, CLT, & NYC. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blogs, designing pretty web things, drinking coffee, experimentally cooking, and exploring her city. You can listen to Emily's music, follow her adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or hire her here.