The Creative Life, The Sketchbook

Fire the Committee

The Jury
All those things that get in the way of an Art-full life – other people’s opinions, big hairy fears and the committee inside our head.

After the holidays I enter a special creative time of the year which I love. With no particular deadlines, it’s wide open spaces and lots to choose from.

Unfortunately, this is also when The Committee moves in and tries to stage a coup. I’ll bet you have your own Committee, too.

The Committee is made up of so many voices from our past that often we don’t even remember where they started. The Committee’s weapon of choice is guilt, telling us that creative time is selfish time. This is often my coaching clients’ biggest struggle – working through the guilt.

Here’s how I deal with The Committee

I remind myself that those voices are long gone. The past doesn’t control my future. I can choose to listen and continue to struggle OR I can get them out of my way. (Just don’t try to ignore them. They only get louder.)

The way I get them out of the way is to physically get up, walk to the nearest door and invite The Committee to step outside for awhile.  Really. I get up, open a door, speak out loud to The Committee and escort them out of the room.

I know it may sound silly but getting into motion changes my energy. I recommend this to my clients all the time. When they actually try it, they are pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

Here’s why it works.

Your brain can’t tell real from imagined. If you don’t believe me, think about the last time you watched a scary movie. You know it’s not real but your body reacts anyhow. ( I’m right, aren’t I?)

This week, make a collage of your Committee as I did in the image above. Get them out of hiding and into the light. Becoming aware of them is one more way to break the hold they have over you.

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