Let me put something out there. Fear is a natural part of life, almost a given. Whenever we experience any amount of uncertainty in our lives, it has the great potential to manifest as fear on some level . And as creative people desiring to innovate and try new things, that uncertainty and, by extension, fear can seem to be a daily occurrence.
It certainly is for me. I know that every time I start a new project or sit down to work, I wonder if it’s what I’m supposed to be doing, if I’m going to be proud of it, if it’s going to be successful. All that jazz.
So, how do we deal with it? Do we wish the fear away? Do we just pretend like it doesn’t exist?
I am a big fan of Marie Forleo, a business guru from New Jersey who teaches entrepreneurs to create their businesses from a place of love and compassion and a true desire to contribute goodness to the world. I took her B-School course a couple of years back and it has totally changed that way I do things. Even this existence of this blog is a result of her wisdom!
Marie’s latest blog post, an episode of MarieTV, is all about working with through your fear – not trying to wrestle it to the ground.
And how can you do that?
Well, the secret is a process called “flashlighting”. Instead of focusing on how scared you are, painfully second-guessing every stroke of the brush or every word on the paper and how it will make or break your career, try focusing outside of yourself. Put your attention on the work and the story you have been assigned by the Muses to tell. Put your attention on the people who are going to be moved and inspired by what you are doing. In doing so, you mission as a creator will become more clear and you will be inspired to move past your fear and attend to your divine purpose.
I highly recommend you check out the complete episode of MarieTV here and consider registering for the upcoming B-School if you are a creative person striving to build a business that changes lives!
In some Swimming Tigress Music News, I’ve got a couple of new instrumental tracks for y’all. Check out the videos and then if you are interested in using these track for your next project or need a composer to do a custom score, get in touch through the contact page!