Rising to the Occasion is your opportunity to step boldly into your creative future! It’s also a time to step back from self-sabotaging mindsets that keep you from making those bold creative steps. Last week, Emily talked about Rising to the Occasion as the mirror that shows you where you need to grow. It is a mirror, one that shows what you need to possess, and what you need to release.
Rising to the Occasion shines a light on your creative future, while at the same time shining a light on the mindsets that make you your own worst creative enemy. Fears, foibles, perfectionism, procrastination, bad memories and old hang ups - all of these creativity saboteurs come slinking out of the shadows when Rising’s spotlight starts to glow. These are the ugly little Naysayers that whisper (or sometimes yell) all the reasons why you shouldn’t try for the opportunity in front of you. They want to make your moment of glory into a source of dread.
Never fear, however! These old fiends rear their ugly heads because you have a genuine opportunity for success. Their presence is a sign of your potential greatness, so get excited when they snap to attention! Remember that the dire predictions they offer only mask the truth: that you have trained, prepared, and are more than ready for this moment than you imagine.
Instead of listening to their litany of woes, remix the tape into a song of excitement and joy for your next steps. Spin the negativity into hope, and flip the fear into passion! There’s no need to fall back on old habits, or be ruled by old issues. You have everything it takes to take the deal before you and run with it. You. Are. Ready.
Remix the tape on your creative insecurities. Make a list of the negative thoughts that arise when you think about taking the deal and seizing your creative opportunity. Now write down the positive opposite of those terrible predictions. Make this into a mantra for when you feel unsure about Rising to the Occasion. Every time the Naysayers raise their ugly heads, shout them down with the truth of who you really are: a creative soul capable of incredible things!
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in the South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative outlets; when she isn’t making art or writing, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!