We’re all on a creative journey, whether that’s launching a blog, starting a business, writing a book, putting out a music album, being the best (insert job title), finding greater purpose in life, or becoming the person we’ve always wanted to be. It takes creativity (and sometimes patience…and always courage) to stay on the path.
Much easier said than done. I know. I’m along for the ride, too. And some days are bumpier than others. Keeping the metaphor going for a moment, how do we keep from popping a tire, driving into a ditch, or getting locked out of our car? In other words, getting stuck or stressed?
Let go of expectations, and stay detached from the outcomes.
I’m not suggesting we park it on the couch, rip open a bag of Cheetos, and watch our life happen in front of us like a TV drama (or sitcom). While that sounds a liiiittle tempting, we still need to do the work. We need to show up every day like a front-row student who’s ready to work and learn. Just don’t stress about your grades.
We must continue to be curious.
Experiment. Let go of what we think we know. When we start a new project or venture, if we feel the fear of failure, instead of thinking, “Oh no, I’m going to fail” or “Crap, I don’t know how this will turn out,” try thinking, “Let’s see. Let’s find out” or “Hey, this could work!”
Remove the fear of failure with a bigger desire to learn.
Learn to be okay with not knowing, getting messy, and maybe even being wrong. Dare to find out what’s on the other side of letting go!
Here’s a visualization exercise to get rid of any negative energy that’s still nagging at you:
- Sit quietly and make a list of situations in your life where you feel stuck, frustrated or scared.
- Pick one situation and really look at it. Why do you feel this way? Have you been overthinking it, trying to control the situation, doubting or being too hard on yourself?
- What is the outcome you think should happen? Picture it.
- Now let go of that outcome and your attachment to it…
- Visualize an empty balloon.
- Breath in, then exhale all of your outcomes into the balloon.
- Let the anxieties, fears, and frustrations that go along with these outcomes flow out, as well.
- Take another deep breath through your nose…sweeping up any last bits of negative energy.
- Then exhale through your mouth, pushing it all out and into the balloon…watching it fill up and expand effortlessly.
- Now, detach from the balloon. Let it go…watch it fly away.
- As it’s released in the air, come back to yourself. Feel your toes and legs grounded beneath you. Imagine you’re rooted into the earth like a tree. Stand tall. Feel strong. Be renewed.
- What can you see now that’s possible? Write it down and make a plan to do it!