Rising to the Occasion is an opportunity to step into a new level of creative confidence. Rising to the Occasion is often initiated by an invitation from someone who has a level of power or influence in your given sphere. They recognize your Creative Superpower potential and offer a platform for your talents to shine. This is not a moment to give into the temptation for intimidation or insecurity, but rather to step forward in creative confidence. You're in this place because someone saw you and decided that you have what it takes to perform at this level. These opportunities are often a step or two beyond what you thought you could do at the time, but will stretch you to allow your full potential to be displayed.
Sarah gave a call this week to remix the tape on your creative insecurities, to turn fearful predictions and insecure murmurs in the back of your head into a mantra of your confidence. The voices we choose to listen to and agree with in our head will either build or destroy our creative confidence. In our book, Bright Ideas: Light Up Your Creativity, we talk about the Naysayers - a group of mental saboteurs who try to hijack our thought life and prevent us from stepping into our creative potential. The Naysayer that you will hear from the most in this stage is Imposter Inspector, the whispering voice that says that you will be "found out for your true level of talent." She insinuates that your creativity won't last, that success will be a burdensome responsibility, and that you won't be able to maintain any victories. Here's how we describe Imposter Inspector in the Bright Ideas Book:
Impostor Inspector comes as a lurking suspicion, whispering from the shadows that you will be “found out” and that the “truth” about your “real” level of talent or skill will be revealed. She tries to convince you that your accomplishments are the result of a fluke or a chance and not the true product of your creativity. Impostor usually comes when we are on the verge of breakthrough and tries to frighten us into shrinking back. She juxtaposes where you are now
with the distant future and projects failure based on your current level of experience and expertise. What the Inspector fails to include in her assessment is all of the growth and change that will happen as you progress in your creative journey.
Confronting the Inspector at every turn is Legitimacy. Impostor Inspector uses shame to make you feel like a creative orphan; Legitimacy removes the shame by helping you realize who your Father is - The Creator. Legitimacy stands strong in his conviction of your true creative value and skill, never wavering in the face of Impostor’s accusations. Legitimacy allows you to hold your head up as you declare who you are as a creative person, without minimizing yourself or making excuses for who you are. He gives you a sense of belonging as a creative person, and frees you to interact confidently with other creative people. Legitimacy shows you the truth of your creative identity, and assures you that you have what it takes to
express your creativity into the world.
You are a legitimate artist. You are not a creative orphan, subject to fleeting winds of creative inspiration. You were made to be a Creative Superhero, you have Creative Superpowers and a creative future that was given to you for your enjoyment and to enrich the world around you. You have more than what it takes for this moment. You have permission to stand in your legitimacy and walk forward in creative confidence!
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.