One of the things that artists often have trouble with is acknowledging what they do that actually works. We more often get caught up in negative self-talk and critical analysis about what we should do, what we haven’t done, how we have failed, that we will never be any good…etc., etc., and so forth.
In the end, that doesn’t empower us. What empowers us as creatives is nurturing our good, brave spirits by cultivating positive awareness about what we have accomplished , what we offer to the world as a legitimate gift. And yet, it can be so utterly refreshing to acknowledge the positive stuff. It’s almost a head-slapper—when we sit down for five minutes and list all the things we can give ourselves credit for, it can feel so good that we say, “Why haven’t I done this before? Why? Why?”
When I was training with Jill Badonsky to become a certified Kaizen Muse creativity coach, this was a regular assignment for us. In fact, Jill provided us with a sweet little Reminder Journal that we could carry with us everywhere and use to record positive inspirational quotes, compliments, things that made us feel happy, and, of course, our regular credit reports. You’ll see a picture of mine at the top of this blog.
This is going to be really simple. Your assignment is to take out a piece of paper or perhaps your journal, grab a cool drink, go sit yourself down in a nice place for a few minutes, and list all the things you can think of that you have done either recently or in the past, that you can give yourself credit for. If your friendly Inner Critic steps in and says, “Wait a minute! Look at all you haven’t done, or all the ways you’ve messed up!” thank them kindly and suggest they go sit on the beach somewhere.
So go ahead—I dare you. See what you can come up with that you can give yourself credit for. See how it has the potential to nurture your creative spirit.
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