In the last post, I advocated for the use of affirmations to overcome self criticism.
While I think them really valid, there does come a point where there will be a decision – are you going to really believe these things or not?
Do you really believe your creativity is for the good of others? Do you really see beauty and express it with your creative materials? Do you really value your work? Do you like it?
If we ignore this underlying question, our affirmations won’t do any good anymore. They are a meaningless mantra.
So we have a choice. Are we going to believe these new things about ourselves or not?
I have found in my own life that after a few months of keeping positive about my artwork (and not saying anything negative), that I had an eye opening experience. It wasn’t what you might think.
That experience was that while I liked my artwork fine, I thought I could do better. I felt like I was merely using my creativity to tread water, so to speak. It wasn’t filling me emotionally and I wasn’t growing. And I could see the lack of authenticity in the work. I have multiple starts sitting around in my studio looking at me with empty souls.
Then one day I realized that was me. At least creativly.
My creativity was uninspired. I was making art to gain recognition, or make money, or something. But it wasn’t for the joy of being creative.
Let me recap – positive things said about artwork led to me being able to see the truth about my artwork which led me to the next step.
One solution that I am choosing is to invest in myself and my craft to get better. I’m taking a workshop to learn something new – and I will travel to Maryland. I don’t travel well, so this is a really big deal for me.
So I’m stepping outside my comfort zone to invest in myself. I am realizing a dream to take instruction from this particular artist. I am excited. The workshop is in July, and I am benefitting now.
I can’t believe how excited I am. It is infusing my current artwork with new inspiration.
This progress was truly made possible because of affirmations and risking to believe them. Followed closely by making changes that will help me with my creative dreams. Consider your options. You may come up with something wonderful to match your affirmations to reality.
Are you stretching yourself to believe your own affirmations? Leave a comment and let me know.