Rising to the Occasion is a mirror. It is an opportunity to look at your creativity honestly, to see both the places where you’ve grown and where you need to grow. The degree to which you invest in your creativity during Ownership and Discovery will be put on display in the moment of Rising to the Occasion. That investment can be time, money, love, practice, or perseverance. Continuing to hone your craft and create when no one seems to be watching creates a platform for your creative work that you can stand on when the invitation comes to Rise to the Occasion.
During this process, keep in mind that failure is not a destination, it is a teacher. Rising to the Occasion is a courageous step in your creative journey! As you begin to step out you will invariably encounter things that you were not prepared for and didn’t know to anticipate. This is great! It means that you are entering new territory. Once you start Rising to the Occasion you will find opportunities to rise presenting themselves over and over again. Don't allow yourself to be intimidated by the size of the opportunity - take the deal! When someone offers you a chance to Rise, take it! Learn from it. Even if it's not perfect, it's a great way to learn. Rising to the Occasion is the testing ground of your Creative Superpowers - you will never know your full strength until you allow it to be stretched and tried.
Celebrate your victories - no matter how small. Celebration is an essential part of navigating this stage with excellence. Celebrating your courage to step up and Rise, especially when it doesn't go the way you hoped it might, will build resilience in you to continue forward. There are always new opportunities as long as you do not quit. The more you step up and Rise, the more you will try, fail, learn, and grow your Creative Superpowers. This is an exciting, and necessary strength building stage on your path to walking in the power to change the world!
Action: How are you cultivating your craft right now? What tools and resources can you find to continue to grow even in the times when you are not in the public eye? What tools do you have in place to help you learn from your failures? Who celebrates your victories and courage moments?
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.