Are You Waiting to be Ready?By
You’re intrigued by something you want to do or make, but you “don’t feel ready.” So you wait.
Or maybe you plan on making something tonight when you get home from work, but by then, you’re tired or not in the mood.
This is a very natural reaction to adding one more thing to your busy life. And the busier you are, the less “ready” you can feel for anything that’s new or hard or requires your focused attention.
The only thing is, this one more thing is your creativity, and it really matters to you.
The hard part about weaving creativity back into your life–or upping the ante and going deeper with what you are doing–is that it has to come from within.
Because it’s committing to yourself.
Which is a lot tougher than committing to other people. It takes more self-esteem. In addition, everyone understands and applauds committing to others, so it’s safe and the feedback’s great.
Which is why society or your family or your boss aren’t going to carve the time out for you.
So it’s a risk and it’s up to you. Of course you don’t “feel ready”.
Do it Anyway
Here’s the thing–nobody is really ever ready.
I mean, you read about people having epiphanies and suddenly turning their lives around and living their dream, but that’s rarely the way it happens.
If you want to start creating again, if you want to dig deeper and get bolder with your work, if you want to live your life as an artist, you have to start now, even if you’re not “ready.”
In fact, one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself and your creative dream is to realize that you can create even when you’re not ready or in the mood or feeling inspired.
But it’s hard. And scary. And maybe a little lonely. And did I mention hard?
Yup, you’re right. It’s all those things.
But that’s where I come in.
Because the creative life requires so much internal commitment, my goal here at Make Great Stuff is to provide you with structured support systems to see you through.
Do-able systems to help you create and build your creative momentum so that your artistic, creative essence is as important as all your other facets/roles that currently rule your life.
So that the dream of having a show or selling your work on Etsy or writing that novel or fill-in-the-blank can become a reality.
To live your life as an artist.
Don’t Wait Until You’re “Ready”
You don’t need to re-read how it’ll work, we’ll have fun even as you feel your way through the process.
It’s okay if you’re eating dinner at the same time or still gathering stuff and filling your water container at the start of the call.
Making time to create is about giving yourself your self back.
It’s about remembering how fun it is to play and immerse yourself in something artistic without having time to self-censor or the ability to compare yourself to others (because we’re on the phone!).
It’s about letting yourself try something new or make something ‘bad’ because you’re committing to the artistic experience and (practicing) not judging yourself all the time.
Because even though it’s hard, you realize these two things are a requirement of hanging in there for the long haul as an artist.
Because your unfinished or almost finished collage pieces are wonderful reasons for setting the timer for 20 minutes here and there (even when you’re tired or not in the mood) and responding and fixing and thinking aesthetic thoughts.
You’ll start to realize that when each of those 20 (or 30 or 40) minute sessions are up, you feel less tired than when you started.
You also realize your week has gotten a lot more artistic than it used to be. And that the more you do it, the easier it is to continue.
That’s momentum you’re witnessing–and finally moving in the direction you want.
All this when you weren’t even “ready.”
Doesn’t that sound good? Come join me and let’s get started.
What do you think? Are you waiting to “feel ready” or have you taken the plunge? Do you like the idea of structured support? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.